We are kicking off year four of our Winter of Reading program where we encourage you to visit the library, grab a brochure, and work to fulfill five reading or library activities. Sweet and simple! When you complete this challenge, bring back your brochure to any one of our branches and you will be rewarded with the choice of a Winter of Reading mug or pint glass, plus a chance at winning one of our 30 Tattered Cover prize packs.
This year we are hoping to connect you with your next great read by encouraging readers and listeners to pick up a title that takes you out of your comfort zone, rereading a childhood favorite, or venturing to a new part of the world through the magic of just reading a book! Finding books which fit these categories might seem daunting at first but we have a couple suggestions of how to get started.
Revisit a Childhood Favorite
I’m sure I was not the only one searching my memory for any detail of the plot when I heard that A Wrinkle in Time was coming out as a new film. I could only conjure up that I definitely read it in fourth grade, I think I liked it, and that the scene in the neighborhood with all the synchronized children bouncing rubber balls felt eerily familiar… Now is my time to reread this classic and for credit too! We encourage you to try and share your favorites with all the little readers in your life and help connect them with what you love about the books you choose.
Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone
This activity is a personal reading journey in which you can reflect on what reading holes you might need to fill. Personally, I don’t take the time to delve into as many mysteries as I should, even though I love them once I get wrapped up in the story. I am starting Tana French’s first in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods. For you, this might be trying out a graphic novel for the first time, giving romance a spin, or making the leap into horror. We can always help by creating a Personalized Reading List for you, which ticks off another activity on your Winter of Reading brochure.
Read About a Place You Have Always Wanted to Visit
Take a second and think of that one place you have always wanted to see, learn about, and experience. Take this chance to get know your dream location through… you guessed it… reading and listening! I have been long dreaming of taking a trip to Mexico City since reading Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, so I think will go back by way of Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd. If you need assistance with this activity, or any others, you can always ask for suggestions at your local library.
Find Nonfiction About Something New to You
Sometimes the best way to digest some cold, hard facts is with a touch of humor. Jon Ronson, Mary Roach, and Sarah Vowell are some of the best at weaving together learning something new with dry wit and pretty great jokes. Listening to audiobooks counts too, and Jon Ronson and Sarah Vowell reading their own books brings in comedic timing that can really only be conveyed by the authors themselves.
Attend a Library Event
We have a bounty of wonderful, free events year round, but we have cooked up a special batch for Winter of Reading this year. Meet up with us around the city to stave off cabin fever and sign up for Winter of Reading.
Denver Public Library Winter of Reading Kick-Off Trivia Party
Thursday, February 1, 7 p.m. @ Wood Boss Brewing
Men With Beards Read Romance
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. @ Historians Ale House, 24 Broadway
Or stop into your favorite branch for more fun!
Cookies, Coffee and Coloring
Friday, February 2, 4 p.m. @ Sam Gary
Winter of Reading Gathering
Sunday, February 4, 1-2 p.m. @ Schlessman Family
Winter of Reading Party
Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m. @ Green Valley Ranch
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