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Follow Your Heart to the Library: Winter Reading Challenge February 1-28

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Remember the reading programs from elementary school? If you want to read more in 2023 (and win prizes), check out the Forest Park Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge!

Here’s how it works: we challenge you to read 20 minutes a day during the month of February. For every seven days of reading, you will receive one ticket that will be entered into the drawing to win a $50 gift card. If you read every day of February, that’s four tickets. There will be more chances to earn tickets, so be sure to check your email. You can join any time before February 8. Sign Up Here

Everyone who registers will get a Winter Reading Kit that includes a reading log, a FPPL beanie, and more to help you get started. Kits will be reserved for you under your last name on the hold shelf. Pick up begins January 23.

This year, we are also holding several events. You will receive an extra ticket for every event you attend.

Cheeky Valentines from Vintage Books
Tuesday February 7 7-8:30pm

After Hours Book Buzz Featuring Novelist Elizabeth Wetmore
Friday, February 17 at 7 pm

Throughout the challenge, we will email you with reading tips, book recommendations, encouragement, and the chance to earn more tickets as well as other prizes. (If you are unable to pick up a kit, you can download the log here.)

At the end of the month, turn your reading log in at the Library or take a photo of your log and email askus@fppl.org. We will draw three names to win a gift card to a small business in Forest Park.

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More Details

  • Intended for ages 16+
  • Three prizes of $50 gift cards to a small business in Forest Park will be given away.
  • Entries must be submitted by Sunday, March 5.
  • Winners will be selected randomly from finished entries on Monday, March 6.

We will post about the challenge on social media, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Q & A

Do I have to read a physical book?
No! You can read all kinds of things. Ebooks, audiobooks or magazines all count.

Can I read graphic novels?
Of course! If you like graphic novels, manga or comics, check out our extensive collection as well as online options on Hoopla Digital.

Does reading to my kids count?
Yes!

Does it count if I re-read a book?
Yes!

Does reading Instagram captions count?
We would prefer you not count social media for this challenge.

When is the best time to read?
That’s up to you. You can try out different times to see what works best. We will be sharing ideas on how to create reading habits.

Do I have to finish a book?
Absolutely not. If you start a book and it isn’t working for you, just quit and move on. Life is too short to read a book you don’t want to read.

Do I have to read for 20 minutes straight?
No, you can split the time if needed.

Should I log the books or reading I’m doing?
You can log the time on the Reading Log included in the Winter Reading Challenge Kit. But you can also keep track of the titles in the notebook included in the kit.

I’m not sure what to read. Can you help?
We would LOVE to help you find your next read. You can check out the book lists below or get personalized recommendations here.

Other questions? Email askus@fppl.org.

Book Lists

Need some book suggestions? Check out these lists!

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