There are plenty of summer reading programs in Columbus, but cold and snowy weather in winter is a perfect reason for students to keep up with reading. Columbus Metropolitan Library is holding the Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading during winter.
Winter Reading Challenge helps to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays and through February. Students in grades K-12 can pick up a game board in the Homework Help Centers of any of CML’s 23 library locations. They’ll earn a pencil and a Winter Reading Challenge bookmark just for signing up!
After they track their progress and read for 6 hours, they’ll earn a book to keep. They can also try to get “BINGO” by completely reading challenges from their game board, such as “Read a mystery”, “Read a graphic novel”, “Read a book by an author who’s new to you” and many more. Students who complete a “Bingo” will earn a pair of earbuds.
Studies show that kids who read during out-of-school time maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means many central Ohio third graders could repeat the grade if they don’t pass state proficiency testing. The libraries offer several young reading programs to ensure that your young readers will be ready for the 3rd grade proficiency tests. They also offer tons of programs for kids and teens, including homework help, tech groups, special events, and more – so make sure you check your local library for great free programming (there’s plenty for adults too)!
Winter Reading Challenge is sponsored by Ellen and Jim Bachmann, the Nationwide Foundation, Corde Westwater Robinson and Grant Morrow, Altrusa International and the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Find story times around Columbus to help encourage young readers!