Library announces winter reading programs

SIDNEY — Winter reading programs for every age begin at all Shelby County Library locations, Monday, Jan. 7.

The programs will run through Feb. 28.

For children, it is the Frosty Treasure Trail Winter Reading Adventure. Each participant will be given a card to record the titles of books read during the contest. Children in prekindergarten through fifth grade may read or listen to any age-appropriate books of their choice. After a child has read five books, he or she may take their first card to the library to receive a small prize. Then an additional card will be given so that the child may continue reading. Once the additional cards have been completed, readers will turn them in for chances to draw one of three treasure tokens in gold, silver or peppermint. Each color of token denotes a different surprise prize. Children may continue to turn in cards for a chance to draw more treasure tokens.

“All participants will also be entered for a chance to win one of six wonderful gift baskets full of books and treats,” said Youth Services Director Rikki Unterbrink. “We had nearly 670 participating entries last year. This year, expect to see some fun decorations and prizes at all of our locations featuring a certain famous snowman. We also have some fun activity pages for babies that may be completed for prizes.”

The Teen Winter Reading Program is for any teen in grades six through 12. The theme for this year is “Reading for Riches” and involves teens completing a bingo sheet by participating in activities, including reading, attending library programs, writing book reviews, donating to a local food pantry and more. Teens can earn prizes of candy, books and chances to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

The 13th annual adult winter reading program for adults 18 and older also begins, Monday.

The Theme is “Books are Classic.” Adults who read or listen to five audio books between Jan. 7 and Feb. 28 will receive custom pens and bookmarks with a list of all of the PBS Great American Read top 100 books. For every five books, adults will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket of books containing some of those top 100 books, as well as other items. After reading 10 books, they will receive a charming canvas bag.

People can participate at any Shelby County Libraries location, including Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Russia and Sidney. For information, call 492-8354.