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I used to set a reading goal for myself every year. I would record each book, then make sure to review the title, finishing about two or three books a week. The last two or three years? I did not do this. If I wasn’t reading and commenting on a book for work or some other critical publication, then I wasn’t reading.

I remember listening to other librarians wondering what they were reading, hoping they wouldn’t ask me because it had been months since I had read a book.

Last week, however, something changed for me. I had a bulimia weekend, and it was great! I reinvested in a series that I had stopped reading a few years ago. I feel invigorated, and although I don’t set a reading goal for myself this year, I’m still a fan of reading challenges and the library has me covered!

Even though (as a staff member) I cannot win the prizes.

It’s the annual winter reading challenge for adults, and the goal is just to stay comfortable and read books.

“Why, Michaelene,” you can say, “Sounds like you! ” Why yes. Yes. And I hope this looks like what you need too. Especially if you are having a drive crash like I was.

The challenge is set up like a bingo card, and the best part is that the play prompts are pretty open. I have a few books that fit in multiple squares, so I recommend that you fill in the sheet with a pencil (if you are doing the paper journal). I know I will rearrange it based on what I read next. (Remember, it’s perfectly okay to put a book down and move on if you don’t like it!)

Any EPL cardholder aged 18 and over can register for the challenge on the Beanstack app (look for the blue app with a heart on it!), On, or drop by the library on your next visit for a print journal. The challenge started on January 1 and ends on February 28.

Read or listen to five books in the meantime to earn an EPL coffee cup. Take the challenge and read or listen to 20 books to enter the grand prize draw that includes an Amazon Fire tablet and other comfy reading giveaways.

All formats matter – so get yourself a physical book, eBook, audiobook, or reading. Books should be at least 300 pages long and audiobooks at least eight hours long. More details can be found on our website at

Need help filling in a square? Remember, you can always hire a friendly neighborhood librarian!

So whether or not you set a book resolution this year, I hope you find plenty of good reads. And whether you win one or two prizes in the Winter Reading Challenge.

Malan is a communications specialist at the Enid and Garfield County Public Library.



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