Rock Island, IL: Pop open a good book this winter, and you could enjoy both a cozy read and the opportunity to win prizes from the Rock Island Public Library. The library's winter reading contests for children, teens and adults run Saturday, Jan. 17 to Feb.28.
Pop Open a Good Book contest reading logs and forms are available at all Rock Island Library locations starting Jan. 17. Readers of all ages can also now track their reading online with the library's new reading program software. To get started, look for the Winter Reading link on the library website on Jan. 17.
Children from pre-school to 6th grades win prizes for reading either 16 picture books or four chapter books. Kids get a prize when they pick up their Pop Open a Good Book log, and earn a book and sticker when they complete the program. Children can also play the Wandoo Reader online game, which awards players pieces of an online robot for minutes spent reading.
The library will kick off Winter Reading with a free family movie and popcorn at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. The 1984 classic movie features a town taken over by mischievous monsters after a young man ignores the pet shop owner's instructions, which include "never, ever feed mogwai after midnight." It is rated PG.
Other special children's events offered during Winter Reading include pop up card crafts on Feb. 3, 4 and 5 for grades K - 6; a Winter Reading dance party on Feb. 12 with children's musician Jeannie B!, a kid's book club discussion on Feb. 16 with three books nominated for the 2015 Illinois Bluestem Book Awards, and a special "Blizzard Bash" on Feb. 21 with indoor snowball battles, winter obstacle courses and snow crafts. Check the library website for times and locations.
Adults ages 18 and up can participate in the reading program by completing one entry form for each adult book, eBook or audiobook completed during the challenge. Entries will go into a grand prize drawing for an Apple iPad mini, Google Nexus 7, Amazon Fire HDX 7, or Samsung Nexus. Additional prizes include $25 gift cards to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy and Regal Theaters, and $15 gift certificates to Cool Beanz coffeehouse.
Teens ages 12 to 18 can also participate by filling out one entry form for every book or magazine read during the challenge. Grand prize drawings for teens include a computer tablet and gift cards.
Events for adults during the Winter Reading period include local history programs, including a Jan. 27 presentation on the life and crimes of gangster John Looney, and a Feb. 25 program on restoration work needed on the Rock Island Courthouse's Civil War monument. Additional programs include a wide variety of technology training programs on downloading eBooks and using various types of tablets and smartphones.
Teens can choose from programs this winter that include an Anime Night on Jan. 22, a "Tape it to Make it" duct tape craft on Feb. 5, a Teen "un-valentines" party on Feb. 10, and a Teen Science Cafe with hand-on projects on Feb. 19.
Events are free and open to all, regardless of participation in the winter reading contest.
For more upcoming library events, visit library locations or the website at www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow Rock Island Library on Facebook or Twitter or call 309-732-READ (7323).
Calendar of library programs: http://rockislandlibrary.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx
Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.