SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources will accept the Winter Reading Challenge, a national reading competition, for the third year starting in January.
Penguin Random House’s U.S. children’s publishing divisions, Random House Children’s Books and Penguin Young Readers will sponsor the third annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge in support of public libraries and school systems throughout the United States. If the participating libraries reach this goal, the 2020 Winter Reading sponsors pledge to donate $50,000 in prizes, including author visits and new books, to be shared among the winners.
The two authors who will visit one of the winning schools or libraries are Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (The Hero Next Door, Crown Books for Young Readers) and New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier (The Last Kids on Earth series).
With interest and participation surpassing the 2019 goal, Sarasota County Libraries has increased the goal for 2020 and are confident library patrons and visitors will exceed the goal again. The collective goal for all 10 library locations is 75,000 minutes.
The Winter Reading Challenge is free and open to all ages. Participants can register online through Beanstack at scgov.beanstack.org, where they can log time, track minutes read, earn badges and receive reading recommendations.
“We’re privileged to take part in the challenge again and encourage library visitors of all ages to participate,” said Renee Di Pilato, director of Libraries and Historical Resources. “It’s a wonderful way to inspire readers and discover the many ways reading can develop your imagination or spark an interest in new things”.
Registration for the challenge is open, and the program will officially begin Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. To register, visit the following link.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net.
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