Chill Out & Read! Winter Reading Challenge

Chill Out and Read January 2021January 1–31, 2021

Looking for something to do while it's cold outside? Try our Winter Reading Challenge! Complete five of the activities for a chance to win one of ten $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 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2021, for a chance to win.
  • Youth may complete one challenge sheet during the contest period.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Fall 2017The 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.