A new year means new reading goals and what better way to kick off the new year with new reading challenges? We have several reading challenges all year round for readers of all ages!

If you have a Pre-K child, try our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. When you sign up at the library, you will receive a folder. Every time you or someone else reads a book to your child, write it down. Once you have completed a folder, return it to the library and your child will receive a small prize. Once you have completed all four folders before starting kindergarten, they will receive a free hardcover book!

If you have older kids, try our new school reading challenges! For elementary school students, read 500 books befor middle school; for middle school students, read 150 books before high school; and for high school students, read 100 books before graduation. Much like our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, participants will receive a folder to record their progress and will receive a prize when they return their folder. There are a couple of additional rules for each grade level, so if you’re interested, sign up at the library or call us and ask about these challenges.

Participants can also track their reading online using the ReaderZone app. If you used it from summer reading, use the code 870e4 and select the reading group for your child. If you haven’t used it before, download the app, fill out your information, enter the same code, and select the correct reading group. Then start reading!

We are delighted to hear about the new One Book, One School book, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe. We also have the rest of the series so check them out if you liked the first one!

Lastly, we have a reading challenge to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chanute: read for 20 minutes day for a 150 days, between now and the end of the year! Pick up a log or use the ReaderZone app code bef27 and start reading! If you read for 20 minutes, mark it on your log by coloring a book or select “Yes” when you track your reading on ReaderZone. Participants who finish before the end of the year will receive library prizes and a free book!

And of course, don’t miss our summer reading program! Even though the days are cold now, summer will be here before we know it and we’ll be wishing for snow again. Happy reading!

Check out these new books to start your reading challenge: Spare by Prince Harry; All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham; Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor; The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff; All the Broken Places by John Boyne; The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer; The House of Wolves by James Patterson, Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica; How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix.