ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (January 6, 2020) — Your winter reading can earn rewards for you when you enter the Rock Island Public Library Winter Reading Challenge.

Our Rock Island Public Library reading incentive program for children, teens, and adults offers rewards for reading completed Monday, January 6, to Saturday, February 8, 2020. Reading tracked in any format, including print, electronic, and audio, count toward the goals for each age range. The age-based challenge goals are as follows:

Children, birth to 6th grades: Read or be read to 15 minutes a day for 5 days each week. For every 75 minutes, earn your Winter Reading Badge. Complete 375 minutes to earn a free book.

Teens, Ages 12 to 18: Earn a button for every 75 minutes of reading. Choose a free book when you complete 375 minutes of reading over the five-week challenge.

Adults: Complete 6 books over the five-week challenge. Drop a ticket into the drawing box each time you finish a book to enter weekly $25 gift-card drawings from QC Pancake House, Handy True Value, Cool Beanz Coffee, and Backyard Bowl. Completing the six-book challenge earns participants a chance at a grand-prize drawing for two tickets to Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse.

Our community goals for collective winter reading are 5,000 minutes for children and teens or 200 books for adults.

Enter online with Beanstack and help us win the Golden Penguin challenge! Libraries with great participation could win $50,000 in author visits and books from Penguin Random House. Or, simply pick up a form at any Rock Island Public Library starting January 6, and get rewarded for your winter reading! Challenges available for children, teens, and adults.

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