In Youth Services, we focus a lot of our energy on Summer Reading to prevent Summer Learning Loss and build a community of readers. But what about the rest of the year? Winter can be a tough time for many who dread shorter days and colder temperatures. For teens, staying motivated in the cold months can be especially difficult. Reading can be a great winter activity because it keeps the mind active, while the body may not want to get out into winter weather.
The Teen Winter Reading Raffle is one of my favorite Library programs because it encourages teens to read whatever they like, with chances to win free books and gift cards. Here’s how it works:
- Contest Dates: December 2, 2019-February 7, 2020
- Visit any Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh location and ask a Teen Specialist to sign up.
- Complete a reading log you picked up at the Library or just write down the titles of books you’ve read or listened to. Manga, graphic novels and fanfiction count!
- Talk to a Teen Specialist to report your books or to turn in a paper book log.
- The more you read, the higher your chances of winning books and gift cards!
- Participants must be between the ages of 11 and 19 or in grades 6-12 to participate.
Angela is a Children’s & Teen Librarian at CLP – Squirrel Hill. She is an extremely slow reader and bicyclist, but really loves both.