What better way to bring in the New Year, and to stay warm on the cold evenings, than to read and compete for a chance to win a grand prize? The Winter Reading Challenge is back for adults this winter! Over the last few years, the Adams County Library System has hosted a Winter Reading Challenge, which encourages adults in the community to read any adult or young adult title in their preferred reading format (print, eBook, audiobook, eAudiobook). Participants may select a title from the thousands of books available at their favorite Adams County Library branch or through the library system’s cloudLibrary service or they may read a title they own or have borrowed from a friend. This simply is a fun way to be engaged in reading, as well as track what you have read during the six week program.
     This winter, the Winter Reading Challenge runs January 1st – February 15th. Preregistration is now open; to register, visit the Adams County Library System’s website at www.adamslibrary.org , and click on the link about halfway down the page under Reading Programs to access Beanstack. If you have a child or a grandchild that participates in Summer Quest, you already know how to create a username with Beanstack and begin tracking books read. If you have participated in prior adult reading programs, your username and password will work for this challenge as well; just sign into your Beanstack account and click to sign up for this challenge! If you have never participated in a challenge on Beanstack before, please consider joining. If you need assistance creating an account, stop by any Adams County Library location, and a staff member will gladly help you.
     Beginning January 1st, you may log any books read into this challenge for the titles to count for this challenge. Earn badges along the way, and completion of the challenge is five books read and recorded by the February 15th end date. Upon recording five books read, you will receive a chance to win a grand prize. A listing of contents for this fabulous prize can be found at each Adams County Library System location, but expect to find bookish goodies and books among the prize contents. But, do not stop there! Keep reading for an additional chance to win the grand prize at fifteen books recorded. The grand prize winner will be announced after the February 15th end date.
     Looking for a good book to begin reading on January 1st? Take a look at the library system’s YouTube Channel, to which a link is available on the library system’s main page. In addition to programs, read alouds, and storytimes, the YouTube Channel also features book reviews by several staff members. Watch for more content to appear, as the library system adds videos. And, if you want to be notified upon any new uploads to YouTube, subscribe to the channel!
     Don’t forget about the What Should I Read Next? Form available on the library system’s website as well. Fill out the form, and a team of staff members will cultivate the perfect reading list for you. Use this list to find your new favorite book and/or author!
Happy Reading!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian