Urbandale Public Library/Winter WriteUP

Write about a book you love.  Discover a new favorite.

This year’s winter program for kids and adults encourages you to share a book you love with other people.  The program begins on Monday,  January 15 and ends on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Program Rules and Details

For Adults

Your challenge is to share a book you love with other people by writing a brief review.  Your written review should explain why you recommend this book to others.  For example, describe how the story made you feel or tell about a memorable character.


Stop by the Service desk at the Library to pick up a program packet.  Materials will be available starting January 10.

Your written review should be at least 100-250 words.  It can be handwritten using the space provided in your program packet (please write legibly) or typed on a separate piece of paper.  You can submit as many reviews as you’d like!  Please check to make sure the book(s) you are reviewing can be found in the Library’s collection.

Submitting Your Completed Review

Reviews can be turned in at the Library’s Service Desk or submitted via email to [email protected]  Reviews can be turned in between January 15 and February 28.   Completed reviews will be put on display for others to enjoy – both in the Library and on the Library’s website.  Please tell us if you would like your submission to be shared without your name.

Prize Drawing!

Each adult Winter Write UP participant will be entered into a drawing for a brand new Amazon Fire Tablet, compliments of the Urbandale Public Library Foundation.  One entry per person.  The prize drawing will take place at the conclusion of the Winter WriteUP program.  Winners will be notified via email.


Like Writing?  Tell Us Your Story!

Consider sharing how the Urbandale Public Library has impacted your life.  Submit your story here.


For Kids

Kids can pick up program materials at the Youth desk starting January 10.  They are challenged to write a review of a book they love and think everyone else should try.  They are encouraged to write at least 5 sentences about why other kids should read their selected story on a bookmark. Younger children can draw a picture to show why they love this story instead of writing.  It’s okay to get help from a grownup!

Completed bookmarks should be cut out and returned to the Library between January 15 and February 28.  Each child who participates will be given a small prize, and entered into a drawing for a larger prize!  One entry per child.

Finished bookmarks may be put on display in our Library, on our website, and posted on our social media.