Winter Reading Challenge for Adults

     In less than two weeks, we will say goodbye to 2018 and welcome to 2019. If you’re an avid reader like I am, you’re busily cramming as much reading as possible into every last moment of 2018, just to increase the number of books read on your Goodreads number challenge. It’s also the time to think about any reading challenges for 2019 – whether you set yourself a goal to read a certain number of books for the year via Goodreads, or participate in the fun Read Harder challenge by Book Riot or the PopSugar reading challenge, or the dozens of other challenges that you can find through a simple online search. Reading challenges are a fun way to read something out of your reading comfort zone and to meet new-to-you authors.
     For 2019, the Adams County Library System will host the Winter Reading Challenge for adults, a reading challenge created by Beanstack. If your children or grandchildren participated in Summer Quest this past summer, you’ll be a little familiar with Beanstack.
     What’s the Winter Reading Challenge? In its second year, the Winter Reading Challenge encourages adults throughout the country to read and to have fun reading. Adams County Library System is just one of a little over one hundred libraries throughout the country taking part in this year’s Challenge. Every library has pledged to record reading a certain number of books or to read a certain number of minutes. In Adams County, the countywide goal is for participants to record five books read. If the collective goal of all participating libraries is reached, Mark Cuban, from TV’s “Shark Tank,” will donate $35,000 total to the top libraries.
     Sound like fun? Here’s how to participate:
Starting Friday, December 21, visit the Adams County Library System’s web page ( and select the Winter Reading Challenge link to register. If you have a Beanstack username already – if you registered your child for Summer Quest this past summer – you can use your pre-existing username. If you need help registering or recording books, stop by your local library. Beginning January 1, start recording books read. The overall goal is to read five books by Saturday, February 16. Everyone who reads at least five books will have a chance to win a grand prize of goodies. Stop by your local library to find out more about the grand prize. The more books you record reading beyond five books, the more chances you have to win the grand prize.
     Participation in the Winter Reading Challenge is open to anyone aged 18 or older. Books selected for the challenge can be adult books or young adult books, and yes, audiobooks and eBooks and eAudiobooks count! Those avid social media users can talk about the challenge by using #WinterRead2019 . If you need help finding the right book, stop by your local library. Each library has an array of displays with various topics. For instance, Gettysburg Library features two Staff Picks displays, located on the 1st and 2nd Floors.
     Happy reading!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian