Orange City’s public library staff is encouraging the community to read throughout this winter for prizes with their Hot Reads for Cold Nights program. The program is over a month long, during which time readers are encouraged to log how long they have read over a certain amount of time. They will then have their name placed in a drawing to win a variety of prizes. The director of the program is Renee Franklin.
“The reading program is fun and a great motivator for people to read,” Franklin said. “And if you are frequently reading already, why not have a chance to win a prize for it?”
Some of the prizes this year include a $25 Amazon gift card, a $20 Hatchery gift card, a writing journal or a metal bookmark. Participants must pick up a brochure from the library and mark the days where they have read 15 minutes or more. For every 10 days a participant reads over 15 minutes, their name is put into the drawing for one of the prizes.
Members are not limited to reading just books to mark their reading times throughout the winter reading program either. The library also accepts entries from E-books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines.
Not sure what books to start reading? Franklin reccommends “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. Additionally, Ann Lundberg from Northwestern’s English Department, recommends the literature and history books: “Young Men and Fire” by Norman Maclean, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1984” by Daniel Brown and “Triangle: The Fire that Changed America” by David Von Drehle.
But that is not the only opportunity to win some great prizes this winter.
“Your name will be placed in the drawing each time you participate in one of our other programs we are offering this winter,” Franklin said.
The other winter programs hosted by the library include Pushing the Limits, Hot Treats for Cold Nights, Adult Book Club, Decorative Sign Painting and Winter Skin Care. Besides Pushing the Limits, all of these activities will be taking place in February. However, some of the programs require registration due to shortage of supplies, so apply soon online or at the library’s front desk.
“All of the library’s programs are free and for individuals over the age of eighteen,” Franklin said. “Plus, they’re a lot of fun.”
Hot Reads for Cold Nights began January 1 and runs until February 24. However, you have until March 3 to turn in your reading log to Orange City Public Library’s front desk. If you would like more information about the other programs the library is hosting, please pick up a brochure from the library’s front desk or read the details provided on their website.