Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Get in quick and grab your first summer challenge sheet because the JMRL Summer Challenge is back!

This reading program is suited for all ages and there are some great prizes to be won.

Prizes include:

  • Adult – free book (one for each challenge sheet)
  • Teen – zipper backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)
  • Children – backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)

As long as you complete any five challenges on each sheet and bring it back to any JMRL location, you will receive a prize and a grand prize entry for each sheet you return!

The turn in dates include any time after:

  • June 1 (sheet 1)
  • July 1 (sheet 2)
  • August 1 (sheet 3)

But you don’t have to do it alone! You can complete challenges with family members or friends.

Grand prize drawings will be held after the program ends on August 31. Winners of the items listed below will be drawn at each JMRL location for children, teens, and adults.

  • Children: Gift card to Barnes and Noble or another local bookstore (check with your local branch)
  • Teen: Amazon gift card
  • Adult: Amazon Kindle

Want to complete more than five challenges on your sheet? No problem! Earn an extra grand prize entry for each additional five challenges you complete on each month’s sheet.

For more information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, visit

Books for Book Lovers

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If reading was your first love, then consider scheduling a date with one of these books for Valentine’s Day:

I’d Rather be Reading by Anne Bogel – Blogger and host of the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast offers a charming, relatable essay collection for book lovers everywhere, examining the magical and maddening aspects of the reading life.

What to Read & Why by Francine Prose – Celebrates the pleasures of reading and pays homage to the works and writers the author admires above all others, from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Jennifer Egan.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells – An author and book-trade historian describes his travels around the world to different types of libraries and discusses how he began to notice amazing and interesting patterns that replicated themselves in these collections over the centuries.

The Lost Chapters by Leslie Schwartz – A powerful, skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading, as told through the list of books the author read as she served a 90-day jail sentence.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence – Presents a collection of love letters and break-up notes addressed to the books the author has encountered throughout her career as a librarian.

Wild Things by Bruce Handy – A nostalgic ramble through classic children’s literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from “The Cat in the Hat” and “Charlotte’s Web” to “Goodnight Moon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson – Explores the reading life as a gift and an adventure for women, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight.

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller – Chronicles the author’s adventure reading 50 great tomes, reminding readers why they should make time for books.