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Winter. It can be a cold, grey time in the Yakima Valley – not helped by the short days. Whether you’re curled up with a hot beverage inside, headed to the mountains to play in the snow, or traveling someplace warmer, winter can be a great time to read! With that in mind, we would like to invite our adult patrons to join in our Winter Reading Challenge. From Jan. 1 to March 31, grab one of our bingo cards, read, mark off the categories to a bingo or a blackout, and enter to win fun prizes.



Do they have to be print books? Nope. We encourage you to enjoy all book formats, including books on CD, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, having your nearest and dearest read aloud to you, etc.

Do they have to be library books? Obviously, we love it when you check out books from your local library, but books you have on your shelves (physical or digital), buy, borrow from friends, or received as gifts definitely count.

Can my kids participate? This program is limited to adults 18 and older. We invite children and teens to participate in our annual summer reading program.

I read a fantastic book that could apply to multiple squares on my bingo card. Can I do that? Sorry, you can only use each title you read once. (But please, tell people about the fantastic book!)

I started this book in 2016, didn’t finish it until the wee small hours of New Year’s Day, and didn’t get my Bingo card until after that. Can I list this title? Absolutely, if there’s a square it fits.

Why does my friend’s card have different squares than mine? First, yay for sharing your reading challenge progress and your keen observational skills. Traditional bingo cards are all different to make the game more interesting, so we decided to have multiple bingo cards.

Can I complete more than one bingo card? Of course. It’s the Winter Reading Challenge – read away!

You mentioned prizes earlier. Please, tell me more. For each bingo card you complete and return by March 31st, you can enter your name in a drawing for one of several prizes – you choose which prize jar you would like your entry to go in. Prizes include several small gift certificates and some special library experiences. (See below for a full list.) A completed bingo card can have a single bingo (a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of five filled-in squares) or a blackout, meaning all squares are filled in. A card with a single bingo gives you one entry. A card with a blackout gives you five entries – and they don’t all have to go into the same drawing. We’ll draw names April 7th and contact winners by phone or email. If your name is drawn and we haven’t heard from you within 1 week from when we tried to contact you, we will draw another name.

Could my name be drawn more than once? It’s possible. Multiple prizes can be won, but not duplicate prizes.

THE FINE PRINT: You are on your honor to read books before adding them to your Winter Reading Challenge bingo card. Cheating, skimming, or just reading reviews online will invoke bad winter karma which may include sniffles, lack of marshmallows in your hot chocolate, or losing your mittens.


Looking for suggestions for one of the squares on your card? Check with a librarian, a bookseller, or a friend; browse the shelves; or try one of these booklists as a starting point.


Bingo Cards

Thank you to our partners, Inklings Bookshop and the Yakima Valley Libraries Foundation, for helping make this program possible.