Carson City Library Winter Reading Challenge Jan. 5-18

Ring in the New Year with a great read — and be entered to win prizes at the same time


Dec. 30, 2019 – While reading is usually its own reward, patrons who take part in the Carson City Library’s Winter Reading Challenge will also be earning raffle tickets as they lose themselves in a good book or peruse the daily paper.

From Jan. 5-18, Winter Reading Challenge participants read a total of 14 hours, with extra raffle tickets earned for each hour of above and beyond reading. Prizes are also earned for registration and completion, and participants track all their reading time in a simple app.

“There are as many ways to enjoy a story as there are people at the library,” said Creative Learning Manager Maria Klesta. “Ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, magazines — there are so many choices. For little ones who aren’t reading yet, you can come to storytime where our staff reads to you. There really is something for everyone.”

Raffle winners will be chosen at random via online drawing and awarded by age group: 0-5, 6-11, 12-17 and 18+. The more hours read, the more tickets earned. All time tracking and ticket collection is done via an online app. Patrons who took part in Carson City Library’s Summer Learning Challenge will not need to make a new account to sign up.

The Carson City Library’s Winter Reading Challenge is just one of many similar programs held across the country sponsored by Penguin Random House (PRH). Last year PRH winter reading programs enrolled 65,323 readers nationwide, who logged more than 150,000 books and 225,000 hours of reading.

Nevada residents who want to participate, but don’t have a library card yet just have to show their state identification at the library to receive a card. To find out more about the Carson City Library or the Winter Reading Challenge, visit



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