Library District launches Winter Reading Challenge to compete with libraries nationwide

Hand pulling library book
Hand pulling library book

The Alachua County Library District is launching the first Winter Reading Challenge, calling on our community to read 1,000 hours from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14 to win local prizes and help the Library District compete against libraries across the country.

The Winter Reading Challenge: Books Like Us is sponsored by publisher Simon & Schuster and presented by Beanstack. Participants can register for the challenge now at or by using the Beanstack app. Nine local readers will receive $20 gift cards to local restaurants for participating in the challenge thanks to prize sponsors Mi Apá Latin Café, Gator’s Dockside, and Gator BTW.

Log your time spent reading, complete activities, and write reviews in Beanstack to earn badges. Each badge earned is another entry in the prize drawing and each minute logged helps the Library District advance in the competition.

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During the challenge, hundreds of libraries across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes or books. Prizes for top-performing libraries include book collections and virtual author visits from Simon & Schuster.

“We’re calling on Alachua County to help us compete with libraries from New York to Wyoming,” said Alachua County Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “We encourage participants to register now and share the news on social media using #WinterRead2021.”

For more information, visit or call Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909.

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