Get in the Game

"Get in the Game" October Challenge

October is a great month for sports fans. Whether you are cheering on the local high school, UNK, or Storm Hockey teams, anxiously awaiting a basketball exhibition game, or planning your World Series watch party, join us for our October reading challenge.

The Goal

Our challenge this month is a Spell-It-Out Challenge. Using EITHER the first letter of the author's last name OR the first letter of the book's title (ignoring "A," "An," and "The") spell out the name of your favorite sports team (city/school/mascot/etc.) or sport. (See examples below.)

Books can be any topic or genre, fiction or non-fiction, adult or youth, but feel free to claim bragging rights for sports-related books. For this challenge, all books must be finished on or after October 1, 2018. You do not have to complete the challenge in October.


C - Coelho, Paulo
A - Austen, Jane
T - Tolkien, J.R.R.
S - Steinbeck, John

G - The Great Gatsby
O - One Hundred Years of Solitude
L - Little Women
F - Frankenstein

Ready, Set, Go!

Complete this challenge on your own, or join our Goodreads book club group to track your reading!

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.