Athol Public Library: Join the January Reading Challenge


Staff Report
Published: 1/5/2021 12:04:05 PM
Modified: 1/5/2021 12:03:57 PM

Presenting the annual Winter Reading Challenge: Simon & Schuster’s Books Like Us program will sponsor the challenge, which supports public libraries and school systems throughout the United States. The publisher will award book collections and virtual author visits to the winning libraries and schools. Everyone is invited to join this January reading challenge. Prizes include virtual events with eight authors.

Winter is for Reading

There’s something so special about Winter Reading. It’s great for all ages.

It’s cold so get cozy in your favorite reading spot and read, read, read, read! There are nearly 2,000 schools and libraries participating. Let’s join together and put Athol on the map by reading 60,000 minutes or more!

About Books Like Us

Simon & Schuster’s Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore books from bestselling and acclaimed authors including Cozbi Cabrera, Sharon Draper, Stuart Gibbs, Stephen Graham Jones, Hena Khan, Debbie Ohi, Christina Hammonds Reed and Rebecca Roanhorse. Each author will participate in a virtual event at a library or school that achieves the highest level of participation from their community.

“What better way to start off the new year than by diving into a good book? Simon & Schuster’s Books Like Us is delighted to sponsor Winter Reading 2021 which encourages readers of all ages and interests to see themselves in a good story,” said Michelle Leo, VP, Director of Education & Library Marketing for Simon & Schuster.

Challenge participants will be able to read any books they like during the challenge, and will be provided with recommendations from Simon & Schuster’s featured authors along the way.

How to join

To register, visit the Athol Library’s Beanstack site (or log in with the app). Once you sign up, visit the library to claim your registration prize. You’ll earn badges as you log your minutes and earn tickets you can enter into drawings for more prizes. Your minutes will count towards that challenge from Jan. 1 - 31 — But you can register today!

If you have questions, call us at 978-249-9515.

Books Like Us is sponsored by the Athol Public Library, Zoobean, Simon & Schuster, the MA Board of Library Commissioners, and the Friends of the Athol Public Library

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