With this year beginning with our first big snowfall of the winter season and the freezing temperatures that have followed for the past two weeks, I find myself more and more drawn to the idea of staying indoors with a blanket, a cup tea and a good book.
If you’re looking to kick back with a good book, social media and magazines are full of “Best of” book lists and reading challenges this time of year to inspire us and guide us to our next great read.
Book Riot has released its “Reading Challenge Round Up for 2022” which includes challenges to read more often or to read more widely. A challenge sets a goal to read a book each week. Other challenges encourage us to step out of our usual comfort zone by trying new genres or diverse authors.
The Nerd Daily’s 2022 Reading Challenge is a mix of fun prompts to get you reading 52 books over the course of the year. For example, you would need to read a “book with a blue spine”, a “randomly picked” book, or a book with a “one word title” to complete this challenge.
“Extreme reading” challenges are another way out of a reading rut, but they come with a safety warning.
These challenges don’t focus on what you read. Instead, they encourage you to photograph yourself reading in unusual locations. It seems most popular in schools. I found pictures of children reading on their fridge, buried in the sand and hanging upside down.
Judging by my research, there is a reading challenge for most book tastes. You can complete reading challenges for books in translation, Star Wars books, historical novels, parenting books, e-books and many more.
In fact, e-books can be a great choice for winter. With your library card in hand, you can go to Libby, Hoopla, or any e-book source your library offers and download a book from the comfort of your couch.
If you haven’t tried eBooks or downloadable audiobooks yet, reach out to your library staff. They will be happy to start using this great benefit of having a library card. You can also find video tutorials on our library website.
The Burlington Public Library is taking on the reading challenge and kicking off the Winter Reading Olympics Monday through Feb. 19. This program is for all ages, so it would be great to do it with family or friends.
All of the challenges in this winter reading program are themed around different winter sports. Here are some examples :
“Alpine skiing is a classic winter sport. For this challenge, read one of our classic books!
“Nordic combined is made up of two distinct sports: ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Read a hybrid book: Consider a romantic thriller, comedy mystery, etc., that combines two or more genres. »
“Snowboarding was considered a controversial and not-quite-legitimate sport at its first Olympics, but it has since grown in popularity. Graphic novels are sometimes seen as not-quite-legitimate books. Have you read a graphic novel? Do you have a favorite? The library staff can give you recommendations to get you started. Check one out today!”
While sometimes all we want to do in the winter is stay warm at home, the winter weather can also make us feel a little cooped up and eager to get out and have some fun.
Our Winter Reading Olympics Program has several fun programs you can take part in at the library. Some people have tested the torch art project for our “Opening Ceremonies” program and seeing their results made me want to give it a try.
The “Spirit of the Games” program invites you to come to the library to make cards that will go to the elders of our community. There are also a few interactive movies, game days with winter sports themes, and a chance to decorate a donut as your own Olympic medal.
The Henderson County Public Library also offers a winter reading program. Stop by your library to see if they have a program running and sign up.
Whatever reading journey you choose to take in 2022, your public library is a great place to start. We can help you find that blue book or a new kind of book.
We can also help you find books similar to ones you already love to read, because while I love a good challenge, it’s also valid to read just for the sake of reading.
Whether or not you take on a formal reading challenge for the year, here’s to a good year of reading.
See you at the library!
Rhonda Frevert is director of the Burlington Public Library. His column appears in Currents on the third Sunday of each month.