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The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 29 & Monday, May 30.

Remember the reading programs from elementary school that rewarded reading with pizza? If you love pizza and want to read more in 2022, 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 gift card to create your own pizza party. If you read for seven days, that’s one ticket. If you read every day of February, that’s four tickets. There will be more chances to earn tickets each week, so be sure to check the weekly email. You can join at any time during the month.

When you sign up, you will receive a Winter Reading Challenge Kit (available January 28) that includes a reading log and some fun stuff to help you with the challenge. Each week, we will email you with reading tips, book recommendations, encouragement, and the chance to earn more tickets as well as other prizes. At the end of the month, turn your reading log in at the Library or take a photo of your log and email winterreading@fppl.org. We will draw three names to win a gift card to create your own pizza party from Fiore Pizzeria & Bakery in Forest Park.

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More Details

  • Intended for ages 16+
  • Three prizes of $50 gift cards to Fiore Pizzeria & Bakery will be given away.
  • Winners will be selected randomly from finished entries on Friday, March 4.
  • Entries must be submitted by Thursday, March 3.

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 winterreading@fppl.org.

 

Book Lists

Need some book suggestions? Check out these lists!