Winter of Reading

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January 2 - February 28, 2021

Winter of Reading is a reading challenge like the Summer of Adventure, except it’s for adults! You read and complete library-related activities, fill in those items in your brochure or through our Beanstack site and then claim your prize. Simple yet sweet.


How to Play:

  1. Pick up a brochure at any DPL location or register on Beanstack, or print off a brochure at home.
  2. Complete any five activities and describe what you did. You don’t have to stop at five!
  3. Bring your completed brochure or Beanstack completion to any DPL location anytime until February 28, 2021 to claim your prize. Prizes are limited to one per customer


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 virtual library event. While you can attend any of our virtual events we have put together some specially-crafted events for your Winter of Reading pleasure.

Registration and more information online at

Winter of Reading Trivia Walk
Jan. 11 through Feb. 28
Enjoy the brisk winter air and discover a new book! Walk around Cranmer Park’s sundial and see if you can find all 10 featured books from Ross-Cherry Creek Branch. Bonus: answer the trivia question via the QR code or by calling us and be entered to win library swag! 

Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw and Rian Johnson Talk Under the Skin, 2013
Saturday, Jan. 2, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Join film critic Walter Chaw and director, producer, and screenwriter Rian Johnson (dir. Knives Out, dir. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, dir. Looper) to talk about this film. Under The Skin is free to watch on the streaming service Kanopy which you can subscribe to using your library card. Registration required to receive Zoom link and password, and the recommended filmography list afterwards. 

Food Lover's Book Club: In Bibi's Kitchen
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 6-7 p.m.
Start the year off with Amanda Faison and a discussion of In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen.;
Virtual Winter of Reading Book Buzz
Friday, Jan. 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Get your Winter of Reading list in order with top book buzzers Lainie and Dodie who will be presenting new and forthcoming titles in a variety of genres and formats.

No Strings Attached Book Chat
Saturday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Read whatever you want and attend whenever you can. Join us virtually to share a recent read, an old favorite, or anything in between.

Denver Cinema Club Presents "Beaches of Agnès" (2009) with John Anzalone
Sunday,  Jan. 10, 1:30-3 p.m. 
Film professor John Anzalone hosts this insightful discussion and scene analysis of Beaches of Agnès, a personal documentary by the legendary filmmaker herself, Agnès Varda. Watch this award winning film for free on Kanopy with your library card, then join us online for the discussion. If you would like to receive a study guide and program reminder, please register.

Getting Started with eBooks
Wednesdays, Jan. 13 & 27 , 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn how to access library eBooks, audiobooks and video with your library card. Bring your own smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or explore the eBooks website using your personal computer. Join online.  

Denver Reflective Storytelling Workshop
Friday, Jan. 15, 3-4:15 p.m.
Join us in a supportive, online space facilitated by StoryCenter that will draw on experience with trauma-informed methods to help participants tell and share their personal stories. 

Battle of the Books with Author Jim Mustich
Saturday, Jan. 16, 5-6 p.m.
Join James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, for an evening for book lovers featuring five local luminaries who will battle to advocate for their favorite books, vying for the hearts and minds of the audience members (you!). 

Virtual By the Book Club (ages 18+)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Join us via Google Meet to discuss this month's book: The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir, by Wayetu Moore.

55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Life with Author Elizabeth White
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 5-6:30 p.m.
Join author Elizabeth White for a candid and open conversation about the financial vulnerability many older adults are experiencing, workplace age discrimination, and what we can do about it. Books will be available for purchase. This program is in collaboration with Changing the Narrative.

One Step at a Time: Lessons for Living with Author Vicki Rottman
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5-6:15 p.m.
Stone sculpting, breast cancer, 50th birthdays and surgery were part of what led author Vicki Rottman to wholeness and healing. Vicki hopes her story will encourage listeners to reflect on their own lives through discussion.
Virtual Social Justice Book Club (ages 18+)
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
Connect virtually over tea with like-minded individuals with a passion for social justice. This month we will be discussing America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo. 

Submissions are being accepted for DPL’s own zine, Social Distanzine.