Reading Challenges

Chill Out & Read! Winter Reading Challenge

December 15, 2017 — January 16, 2018

Looking for something to do over winter break? Try our Winter Reading Challenge! Complete five of the activities for a chance to win one of five $20 Buffalo Bucks prizes. (Buffalo Bucks may be used like a gift card at any business in Buffalo County.) Pick up a challenge sheet in the library's youth area or print one from home.

To participate:

  • Ages 0–18
  • Complete at least five activities on the challenge sheet.
  • Return the challenge sheet to the Kearney Public Library no later than 9:00 p.m. on January 16, 2018 for a chance to win.
  • Youth may complete one challenge sheet during the contest period.

Winter Reading Challenge (PDF)

Winter Reading Challege 2017 2018
Fall 2017

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless! The goal is to read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at five years of age, you have more time than you think! 

To participate:

  • Ages 0-6
  • Pick up a reading log booklet in the youth department.
  • Prizes will be awarded to participants when they reach 500 and 1,000 books.
  • This program is a work-at-your-own-pace program.
  • End Date: Your child's first day of kindergarten.

Online Reading Challenges (not created or sponsored by KPL but fun!)

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

POPSUGAR ImageFind a cozy nook, pull up a chair, and settle in with a steaming cup of something warm - the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is here! This year, there are 40 book prompts to broaden your reading scope and push you to actually accomplish your New Year's resolution to read more in 2018. If you're really hardcore and breeze through the main list, there are an additional 10 book prompts in the "advanced" section.

2018 A to Z Reading Challenge!

atozRead one book for each letter of the alphabet in this challenge. Yes, even for the difficult letters! Also, each month there will be three extra challenges, like 'reading a book with a costume on the cover' or 'reading a book with dual perspectives.' You can also choose to take part in read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and more! Either sign up on the hosting website or just try this challenge on your own. There are kid-lit and adult versions of this challenge.

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018

Monthly Key Word ChallengeThis challenge asks you to read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. For instance, in January you might read Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon to fulfill the key word of 'white.' Each month has nine key words to choose from.

While I Was Reading 2018 Challenge

While I was readingThis reading challenge offers 12 suggestions. Enjoy categories such as: read a book that takes place in one day, read a book you received as a gift, read a collection of poetry, and more. It's simple - just read a book that connects somehow to each category.

Around the Year in 52 Books (Goodreads)

Around the YearFor those who have Goodreads accounts, this may be the challenge for you! Work your way through the 52 topics that were chosen by Goodreads members - that means one book each week, all year long. You can't change the topics, but you're free to choose whatever book you're interested in for each category.