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Library Launches Winter Reading Challenge

Library Launches Winter Reading Challenge

From January 1 to January 31, the Cedar Rapids Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Read for a Better World,” sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group.  

“Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community will have unlimited access to digital copies of Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month of January directly in the Beanstack app and online at CRLibrary.beanstack.org/, which is also where patrons can register for the challenge. Copies of all of the books are also available through the library. 

Cedar Rapids patrons are challenged to read at least 300 minutes from books on the list during the month and track their reading on our Beanstack site. Those who complete the challenge will win a Cedar Rapids Public Library beanie. 

Book lists are curated for different age groups. The lists include books from bestselling and acclaimed authors including Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Shelley Rotner, Angela Johnson, Kao Kalia Yang, Bob Raczka, Miranda Paul, Lee Wind, Traci Sorrell, Katey Howes, and Laura Gehl as well as classic titles including Twelve Years a SlaveNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and Little Women.   

The challenge will also feature various Lerner titles that explore Social Emotional Learning, such as A Girl Like Me (ages 0-5), Ruth and the Green Book (ages 5-10), Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States (ages 10-18), and Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (ages 18+).  

Libraries and schools across the nation are participating, and top-performing libraries and schools will earn prizes from Lerner Publishing Group, including book collections, signed books, and virtual author visits. 

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