Scottsbluff Library Launches Latest Adult Reading Program | Education


Adults of all ages can learn more about their local library when Lied Scottsbluff Public Library launches its latest adult reading program.

The library has hosted adult library programs for at least 25 years. This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities. It runs from September 6 to October 14.

“The purpose of this program is to encourage adults in our community to engage in reading, use library resources, learn about the library, and attend educational, fun and entertaining events” , said library assistant Ethan Nelson.

Library assistants Ethan Nelson and Jill Winchel pose with a sign for the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Adult Reading Program. This year’s program, themed Oceans of Possibilities, runs from September 6 to October 14.


The core of the Reading Program is a Book Diver Certification Program, which allows participants to complete varying levels of tasks in any order they choose.

“There are eight different certification levels, and there are three tasks for each level,” Nelson said. “Some of the tasks involve using library resources, reading certain types of books. … For each task you complete in each level, you get an entry for a prize.

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Sample tasks include using self-checkout, reading a book by a Nebraska author, reading a book in the future, or borrowing a book on display at the library.

People can complete as many tasks as they want and they can join the program at any time during its duration.

“It’s designed for adults who lead busy lives,” said library assistant Jill Winchel.

Completing a task in any category awards one entry into the draw for that category, for a total of three entries per draw. Many raffles, conducted each Monday during the program, will be for $100 gift cards.

Completing one of the eight categories provides entry into the HP Stream Laptop Grand Prize Draw.

Entrants can earn one additional Grand Prize draw entry for each of the six special events they attend.

One is a rescue dive at the Scottsbluff YMCA with members of the Scottsbluff Fire Department Dive Team. This takes place on September 13.

Other special events include a movie night on September 9; an author’s visit on September 23; a game night on September 30; a humanities speaker from Nebraska on October 7 and a closing bingo night on October 14.

Except for games night at 5:30 p.m. and bingo night at 6:30 p.m., each event starts at 6 p.m.

Adult readers can also donate to the CAPWN Pantry for raffles.

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