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"Movie Marathon" Reading Challenge

Join us for our first official online reading challenge! Beginning February 1, 2019, our goal is to read books movies have been based on and see how many "movie watching minutes" we can log. (For example, reading the book The Martian by Andy Weir will earn 144 movie watching minutes.) Books may be fiction or non-fiction, youth or adult—audio books count as well. Television series do not count for this challenge. This challenge is for ages 16 & up. Books must be read during the challenge period - not before. The challenge ends April 30, 2019.

To participate, read books that movies were based on and submit the titles through the email submission form. Library staff will search movie run times and calculate our total "movie watching" time throughout the challenge. Total minutes will be periodically posted on the library's Goodreads account and on the library's Facebook page.

Participating patrons will be entered into a prize drawing at the completion of the challenge. For more information, read our challenge handout or talk to a library staff member.

Need some ideas to get started? Try these reading lists. 

Goodreads: Books Made Into Movies

List Challenges: Best Books Made Into Movies

Paperback Swap: Books Made Into Movies


Fall 2017

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you'll have read 365 books in a year. That's 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at five years of age, you have more time than you think!

This program is based on evidence that the more children (ages 0–5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they'll be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten.

To Participate:

  • Ages 0-6
  • Pick up a reading log booklet in the youth department.
  • Prizes will be awarded to participants when they reach 500 and 1,000 books.
  • This program is a work-at-your-own-pace program.
  • End Date: Your child's first day of kindergarten.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can join?
Children from birth through the start of kindergarten are invited to join.

Do we have to read books from the library?
You can read books from anywhere: your house, grandma's house, at the doctor, at daycare, etc. But we'd love to see you enjoy our books as well.

Can we count the same book more than once?
Of course! Children love repetition and reading is reading whether it's once or one thousand times!

Can I count storytime books?
Most definitely! We love seeing you at storytime and those are books that count!

How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
The program has no official end date. Don't rush, take your time and enjoy the memories you're making with your child.