Winter Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to read more this winter at the library! Winter Reading Challenge

Click here to go to the Winter Reading Challenge website!

Important Dates

Winter Reading Challenge Starts:

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Winter Challenge End / All Reading Points due: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Everyone! Babies, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. If your child hasn't quite started reading by themselves yet, you can still sign them up and read with them. 

How do I sign up?

Once sign ups start you can register on our special Winter Reading Challenge website and any time after. Just head to the website by clicking the link above. Create an account for yourself and your family, register for the program that's right for you, and let the fun begin!  You can also sign up at your local branch.

How does it work?

When you sign up you can start reading library books and logging your reading online to get points. As you get more points you unlock digital badges, games, and activities. At 1,000 points you complete the reading log and the Friends of the Library will donate a book to the library. You get to be the first person to check the book out and can sign your name inside!

Which program should I register for?

We have four programs based on age: Pre-K, Kids, Teens, and Adults. No matter which program you choose, you will log reading for points. The only difference is the prizes you might win, recommended reading lists, and the activities and games available online.

Do I need an email address to register?

Yes. If you don't yet have an email address they are free. Click here for an article from the website Online Tech Tips on how to get a free email account.

Do I need a library card to register?

Yes. If you are a child and you don’t have a library card but someone in your family checks books out for you, you can use their card.  For adults, if you don’t have a card, it’s easy to get one: click here to learn how.

How do I get points?

You get points by logging your reading. On the website or app click 'log reading' or the pencil icon to log either books or pages. Library staff can log your reading for you if you need help.

Should I log books or pages?

It's up to you! When you log books, each book is worth 40 points. When you log pages, each page read is worth 1 point.

Can I read eBooks or listen to audiobooks?

Yes! To figure out how many pages these types of books have look up a physical copy of the book on the library catalog to find the number of pages to log for an ebook or audibook. Just search for the title of the book, click view details on the entry in the list with the format of book, and the number of pages will be listed in the physical description. Library staff can assist if you need help.

My child can't read by themselves, can they still sign up?

Yes! Children who can't quite read on their own yet can still sign up and you can record the books that you read together.

What are the prizes?

Reading is its own reward, but we also offer prizes to make the program more fun. 

Kids:

Kids get a sticker for every 50 points they earn for their reading log and a digital badge on the website. 

Those who finish the challenge by earning 1,000 points get to pick out a book and put their name inside. They get to be the first person to check it out! 

Adults and Teens:
Adults and teens earn digital badges on the website.

Adults and teens that finish the challenge by earning 1000 points also get to be the first to checkout a brand new book with a commemorative book plate inside.

All the prizes are provided by the non-profit Friends of the Lake County Library

What if I have more questions?

Be sure to contact the library either online, over the phone, or by visiting your local branch.