by Diane Martin
When was the last time you earned chances to win prizes just by reading? Kids get to have fun like this each summer with our Summer Reading Program and this winter we’re giving grown-ups a chance. Registration for the “Snow is Falling and Books are Calling” Winter Reading Club begins Monday, January 6.
Here’s how it works: Pick up your Reading Club card at the Information Desk. The card contains 16 squares arranged in 4 rows and columns, similar to a bingo card. Each square lists a genre or topic of book to read. Read one book per topic. Read 4 books to complete a column, row or diagonal. Bring your card in, get it stamped, and receive a raffle ticket. The ticket is your chance to win one of the great prizes generously donated by area businesses including: Juicy Burger, Different Drummer’s Kitchen and Company, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Kohl’s, Phillips Hardware, Via Fresca, and others. Complete the whole card and earn 3 raffle tickets and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Raffle (prize to be announced). Winners will be notified on March 4.
No need to worry about finding book titles that fit the genre or topic. If you can’t think of a title, the librarians will be happy to assist you. We’ll also have book lists for you to peruse. EBooks and eAudiobooks count, too. Four of the squares on the card are designated as “Your Choice.” As long as you’ve read it or listened to it in January or February, it counts!
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – In her debut novel, Ms. Ivey tells the story of Jack and Mabel, pioneers in Alaska in the 1920’s. During a break from their labors, they build a child out of snow. The next day the snow child is gone but they catch sight of a young girl running in the woods. One reviewer wrote of this fairytale adaptation, “If Willa Cather and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had collaborated on a book, The Snow Child would be it. . .”
Still Foolin’ ‘Em – Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal – the comedian/actor reflects on his life and aging with his trademark wit.
Hidden Order by Brad Thor – The future of the United States is at stake after control of the most secretive organization in America is lost. Covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath must unravel a conspiracy centuries in the making in this thriller.
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedham – This Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist tells the fascinating story of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark. Daughter of self-made copper industrialist W.A. Clark, Huguette died in 2011 at the age of 104. Although caretakers of her residences had not seen her in decades, they diligently maintained her estates and their grounds.
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