The Denver Public Library’s annual Winter of Reading program kicked off Jan. 1 and runs through the end of February, giving Denver residents plenty of opportunities to explore library collections and services they haven’t used before. Participants are encouraged to complete at least five of the recommended activities to earn a prize.
Some of these activities include asking library staff for reading recommendations and downloading the newly launched Denver Public Library mobile app. Upon completion, participants may choose either a winter themed mug or a tote bag, then submit a survey for the chance to win a $50 Tattered Cover gift card.
New this year, program materials will also be printed in Arabic and Vietnamese where these languages had only previously been available in PDF format. English and Spanish versions will also be available. Participants can pick up a Winter of Reading activity brochure by visiting any neighborhood library location. PDF versions of the brochure activities are also available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic at: denverlibrary.org/winterofreading
Other Winter of Reading program highlights includes the Maker Challenge, which gives folks the opportunity to get creative and explore the library’s maker spaces called ideaLABs as well as the return of the popular program “Battle of the Books”. The latter program features a panel of local, high profile figures as they make an argument for program goers to read their favorite book. The panel includes James Mustich, author of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die, local author David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Westword staff writer Conor McCormack-Cavanagh, the co-executive director of Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition Julie Reiskin, local author Ausma Khan, and the Denver Art Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art Rory Padeken.
The Winter of Reading program is celebrating its ninth year and provided participants with over 1,000 prizes in 2022 alone.
Learn more at denverlibrary.org.
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