Winter of Reading

January 2-February 29, 2020

Invierno de Lectura

Winter of Reading is a recreational reading program like the Summer of Reading, except it’s for adults. You read and complete library-related activities, fill in those items in your brochure, and then claim your prize. Simple yet sweet.

Image of a stylized mountain with the words "Winter of Reading"How to play

  1. Pick up a brochure at any DPL location.
  2. Complete any five activities and describe what you did. You don’t have to stop at five!
  3. Bring your completed brochure to any DPL location anytime until February 29, 2020 to claim your prize. Prizes are limited to one per customer.
  4. After you’ve gotten your prize, you’re free to enter a drawing to get a prize pack from the Tattered Cover.


Rules and Regulations

  • Participants must be age 17+.
  • Prizes are limited to one per customer while supplies last.

Winter of Reading Events

One of the Winter of Reading activities listed in your brochure is to attend a library event. While you can attend any of our events we have put together some specially-crafted bookish-themed events for your Winter of Reading pleasure.

Find us out and about spreading wintery, reading joy!

Winter of Reading Poetry Walk
Monday, Jan. 6-Saturday, Feb. 29, Cherry Creek North Shopping District
Enjoy this beautiful time of year with poems in the windows of shops and businesses around Cherry Creek North. Read just one or read them all! Stop by the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library for a map of the poems.

Make Your Own Winter of Reading Bookmark
Saturday, Jan. 4, 9a.m.-4 p.m. @ Virginia Village
Celebrate the beginning of Winter of Reading! Drop by and make a bookmark (or many bookmarks!) for all the books you will be enjoying during the Winter of Reading program. We will provide the supplies while you provide the creativity. 

So What If It Is Winter, Let’s Explore Tech on The BEACH
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2-4 p.m. @ Gonzales
Wear your favorite vacation attire to our virtual beach and explore ways to use the green screen, virtual reality headsets and make a light up card. Light refreshments served. 

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Winter of Reading Edition: Lit Women
Sunday, Jan. 5, 5-7 p.m. @ RiNo Art District, Millers & Rossi, 3542 Walnut Street
All skill levels welcome at our life drawing event. ​This fun evening has everything: costumed models, fun themes, cash bar, great menu items, art-lovin' people. This month we visit women of literature in celebration of our Winter of Reading; model Vieux Carre poses as Jacqueline Susann, Dorothy Parker and more! Register online.

Winter of Reading Night of Comedy with John "Hippieman" Novosad
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Roxy Broadway, 554 S. Broadway
John Novosad, a.k.a. Hippieman, is a stand-up comedian based out of the Comedy Works in Denver, Colorado. He’s performed in clubs, theaters and bars across the country for over thirty years. John grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Hippieman, who can often be seen reading books of all kinds, will be kicking off Denver Public Library's Winter of Reading program for adults with a very special performance at the beautiful Roxy Broadway, which features a 1920's ambiance, classic cocktails, and small plates! 

Book Bouquet
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Yearning for spring flowers? Wait out winter by making a bouquet of beautiful flowers from recycled book pages.

Winter of Reading Bingo Night
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Kick off Winter of Reading with a bingo game night! We will have exciting prizes and delicious treats!

Short Story Happy Hour
Fridays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, & Fridays in Feb., 4-5 p.m. @ Narrative, 222 Milwaukee Street
Celebrate Winter of Reading with a no preparation required, short story book club and happy hour to start your weekend off right. We will have time to first read the story then dive into discussion after. Food and drink available for purchase from Narrative.

Book Battles: Books to Screen Edition Trivia
Friday, Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m. @ Tattered Cover Colfax, 2526 E. Colfax
Tattered Cover and the Denver Public Library are proud to present, Book Battles: Books to Screen Edition Trivia! We are celebrating all of those adaptations of books into movies and TV. All of the questions will have to do with books adapted to the big screen, small screen, and maybe even some sneaky stage adaptations too! Bring your friends, your book, and pop culture knowledge! The event will be hosted by booktuber, KalesKorner. Book Battles Trivia Night is reserved for guests 21 and older. Register online.

Winter of Reading Kickoff
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9-10 a.m. @ Schlessman Family
Join us for donuts and hot beverages. Pick up your Winter of Reading brochure and start completing activities to earn a prize.

Winter Reading/Spring Anticipation Book Buzz
Monday, Jan. 13, 2-3 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-3:30 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 1, Burnham Hoyt Book Club Room
Friday, Jan. 31, 2-3 p.m. @ Eugene Field
DPL staff will talk about the books that are making your winter warmer, and the forthcoming titles that will have readers and listeners looking forward to spring. Whether you’re into thrillers, cookbooks or graphic novels, you’ll find something on our list to love. We’ll have pre-publication copies for giveaway as well!

Silent Book Club
Monday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. @ Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway Unit E
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m. @ The Roxy Broadway, 554 S. Broadway
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m. @ Denver Distillery, 244 S. Broadway
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. @ Novel Strand Brewing Company, 305 W. 1st Ave.
A happy hour for introverts. The community of a book club without the homework. Bring a book you’re reading and enjoy the company of other book lovers,  indulge in a drink or food, and leave with recommendations. Conversation not required. 

Book White Elephant
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. @ Middleman Bar, 3401 E. Colfax
What’s a book white elephant? Just like a regular white elephant exchange, but with books as prizes! Attendees pick a supplied wrapped book, read the summary, and decide to keep, trade or steal. The quest for the best book gets more intense as more titles are revealed. Ross-Cherry Creek and Central staff are guaranteed to keep it lively!

Winter of Reading Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. @ Woodbury
Chase away the cold with hot beverages, sweet treats, and good reads as we celebrate another year of Winter of Reading. Make bookmarks and hear our favorite book recommendations to kick start your reading list. Learn about the Winter of Reading program for adults and participate to earn fantastic prizes.

Winter of Reading Book Swap and Tea Sampling
Thursday, Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m. @ RiNo Art District, Improper City, 3201 Walnut Street
Grab and book and hug a mug of tea in celebration of our Winter of Reading. Gather in the gorgeous Improper City Bar and Coffee Shop to sample some new and classic teas. Bring a book or two that you’d like to share with someone else -- grab a ‘new to you’ book that will keep you in a comfy armchair. Please register online.

Dangerous and Noble Things: The Poetry of Mary Oliver
Friday, Jan. 17, 9-10 p.m. @ Mercury Cafe, the Jungle Room, 2199 California St.
Join the community read aloud remembering Mary Oliver on the first anniversary of her death. Copies of poetry will be available for those who wish to read.

Winter of Reading Kick-Off: Tea and Essential Oils
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6-7 p.m. @ Ross-Barnum
Left over stress from the holidays? Create your own essential oil roll-on, drink some relaxing tea and discuss what books you plan to read for Winter of Reading. We will provide all the supplies.

Did You Know? Making the Most of Your Library Card
Thursday, Jan. 23, 1-2:30 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Enjoy cookies and cocoa as you learn about all the amazing things you can access and do for free with your library card. 

Karaoke with Girls Rock Denver
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. @ Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St.
Perform your best (or worst) rendition of your favorite song with Girls Rock Denver volunteers, sign up for Winter of Reading, and grab merch or info on supporting Denver's raddest summer camp. Learn about Girls Rock at

Adult Story Hour and High Tea
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-7 p.m. @ Byers
Listen to short stories, poems and excerpts from books chosen by the Byers staff while you enjoy high tea. Complete your Winter of Reading brochure to get a free mug, glass or metal straw.

Winter’s Paper Roses
Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m. @ RiNo Art District, TBD
Nobody knows books like Denver Bookbinding Company, so when owner Gail Lindley shows you how to turn old book pages into beautiful paper roses, you can be assured of taking home a seductive hint of springtime joy. All materials provided. Register online.

Get Lit Pop Up Book Club at Wild Women Wine
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. @ Wild Women Wine, 1660 Champa Street
Join us at Wild Women Wine for the Winter of Reading edition of the Get Lit Pop Up Book Club for a discussion of Antoine Laurain's Vintage 1954. When Hubert Larnaudie invites fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to share his bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do his new friends! Tours of Wild Women Wine will be available. 

Winter of Reading Trivia Night
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. @ Zuni Street Brewing Co., 2355 W. 29th Ave.
Been looking for an opportunity to show off your trivia skills and bookish knowledge? Play trivia hosted by local experts from Geeks Who Drink to challenge yourself and compete for fabulous prizes. Sign up for Winter of Reading while you're here. Ages 21 and up.

How to Spot Fake News
Saturday, Feb. 1, 12-1:30 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 5, Gates Conference Room
Are you puzzled about telling real news from fake news? Learn the tricks and tools reference librarians use to evaluate the credibility of news stories.

Winter of Reading Craft: Glass Painting
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-3 p.m. @ Bear Valley
Come sign up for Winter of Reading and stay to paint a glass. Painted glasses make a great decoration for your home or the perfect Valentine's Day gift! Glasses, supplies and sweet treats will be provided.

Fact or Fiction Game
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2-3 p.m. @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Are you a big fan of nonfiction or trivia? Test your knowledge and intuition as you compete for prizes in this fun game!