Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 MCPL Reading Challenge

Do you set reading goals?

MCPL 2016 Reading Challenge
Here at MCPL, we are excited to be holding our first-ever Reading Challenge in 2016!

The Purpose of a Reading Challenge
Have you ever gotten into a reading rut? Have you realized that you read a lot of young adult fantasy and very little of anything else? (You can't see me, but I'm raising my hand.) Maybe you've gone on a Civil War history kick and had a long string of books about President Lincoln and General Lee. Whatever your personal tendency is, a Reading Challenge is designed to stretch your boundaries, while still encouraging you to read the books you love.

Who can participate?
Anyone! The MCPL Reading Challenge is designed to be accessible for readers of all levels and ages. Select titles that fit your reading level. You are also welcome to complete the challenge as a family with books of different reading levels. You can include books in any language and any format, except where specified.

How it works
Check out the list of categories online or download and print the category list. As you read, track which category each book fits. In keeping with the spirit of the challenge, please record books read (at least primarily) in 2016. While we know books may fit multiple categories, please select one category per book.

How do I find a book for the _________ category?
There are a lot of great ways to find books. Maybe there is a book that has been sitting in your To-Be-Read pile that is just perfect for one of the categories. Or maybe it's that book your aunt has been telling you about every time you've seen her for the last three years. Or the book you never actually finished from an old class reading list. If none of those fit the bill (or you just want a second opinion), we're happy to help; for suggestions, ask the staff in your branch; try our online readers' advisory service, What Do I Check Out Next?; or peruse our Reading Challenge 2016 Pinterest board.

Ok, I finished, what now?
Congratulations on a great year of reading! Remember to check back starting October 1 for chances to enter to win fun prizes and a downloadable certificate of completion. If you read a great book for a specific category, please let us know via social media or by commenting on this blogpost. We may add your suggestion to our Pinterest board!
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Anything else I should know?
If, for any reason, you are not able to complete one of the categories, we still want you to participate! Try the bonus category or ask our staff for alternative suggestions. Have more questions? Ask us in the comments.

Twelve months, twelve books, let's go!


  1. I forgot about this challenge. What a great idea! Now that my Twinbrook library is open again, I've reconnected with books. I'll start working on the list.

    1. We are so glad to have Twinbrook reopen for everyone! Please keep us posted about how your Reading Challenge is going!

  2. What are interesting and cool activity for all ages

    1. If you are looking for events at our branches, please explore our events calendar. You can search for events by location or age: (cut and paste this URL). Please let us know if you have other questions.

  3. When is 2017 reading challenge going to be posted?

    1. We are working on finalizing the categories and expect to get it up by the end of January.