"Labor of Love" September Challenge

On September 3 we celebrate Labor Day. This holiday, dedicated to honoring the working people of the United States, has inspired our first reading challenge.

This challenge is dedicated to your (the reader’s) dream job. So, whether you want to be an architect, baker, dancer, firefighter, machinist, retailer, spy, teacher, veterinarian, writer, or anything else, what you read is up to you.

The Goal

Read books related the job of your dreams. Books can be fiction, non-fiction, adult, youth, etc. For this challenge, all books must be finished on or after September 30. If you began reading before September 1, that book can still count towards your total.


This challenge has different achievement levels. The more your read, the higher you move up in the organization.

  • Level 1 – New Hire – 1 Book
  • Level 2 – Senior Staff Member – 3 Books
  • Level 3 – Supervisor – 5 Books
  • Level 4 – Manager – 7 Books
  • Level 5 – Boss – 10 or More Books

Ready, Set, Go!

Complete this challenge on your own, or join our Goodreads book club group to track your reading!

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'll have read 365 books in a year. That's 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!

This program is based upon evidence that the more children (ages 0–5) hear books read to them, the more prepared they'll be to learn and enjoy reading upon reaching kindergarten.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can join?
Children from birth through the start of kindergarten are invited to join.

Do we have to read books from the library?
You can read books from anywhere: your house, grandma's house, at the doctor, at daycare, etc. But we'd love to see you enjoy our books as well.

Can we count the same book more than once?
Of course! Children love repetition and reading is reading whether it's once or one thousand times!

Can I count storytime books?
Most definitely! We love seeing you at storytime and those are books that count!

How long do I have to read 1,000 books?
The program has no official end date. Don't rush, take your time and enjoy the memories you're making with your child.

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.