Westfield Washington Public Library has conducted a winter reading program in the past, but this will be the first year teens are included.
“We did winter reading in the past, but it was only for the adults, so this year I’m including the teens as well,” said Brittany Super, WWPL’s information/reference and teen services manager. “So, it’ll be grades seven to adult.”
Sign-up for the program, called Smitten with Reading, starts Jan. 6. The program will continue through February.
In the past, readers have participated by logging the number of books they read, but this year that will change to logging hours read.
“People read different types of books, and some books are 700 pages and some are super-short, so this will level the playing field a little,” Super said.
Each participant receives a prize upon signing up. They also will receive a prize for completing 20 hours of reading during the program’s duration.
“We think it’s fun to encourage reading all year long, and it’s especially fun to include teens and adults,” Super said. “A lot of times these programs focus mostly on the little kids, and we like to include all ages. When it’s freezing here in Indiana in the winter, we like to give people a chance to get rewarded for reading.”
To sign up, visit the information desk at the library, 333 W. Hoover St., or visit the library website, wwpl.lib.in.us.