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Urbandale Public Library/Winter Reading Program


There’s “snow” better time to read than during the cold days of winter!  Our winter reading program for ages 5 through adult runs from January 1 – February 15, 2020.


The Challenge 

Read 5 books during the program (Jan 1 – Feb 15).  Kids and teens up to age 18 who complete this challenge will receive a free book.  Adults who complete the challenge will be entered into a prize drawing for a fold-up tailgate table.



How to Participate

  1. Register at to create your account (you do not need to create a new account if you already have one from our summer reading program). If you prefer a low-tech version, ask for a paper log at the library’s Services Desk or download one here.
  2. Log your books as you go. If you are using a paper log, please turn it into the Services Desk by February 15. Kids and teens – once you meet the 5-book challenge, stop by the library to claim your free book! Adults 18 and over – once you meet the 5-book challenge, your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize (one entry per person). The winner will be notified the week of February 17.



Extra Challenges 

To make the program even more fun, here are some challenges to try! 

Try a New Genre

Read a magazine (digital or print)

Read a graphic novel

Read a biography

Read a fairy tale adaptation



Read Like a Champion

Read one of the All Iowa Reads 2020 books

Read one of the past All Urbandale Reads books (The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith)

Read a book that has been made into a movie.


Beyond the Book

Check out a cookbook and prepare a recipe from it

Listen to an audiobook (listening counts as reading!)

Attend a library program

Try a winter sport (skating, skiing, sledding, hockey, etc.) or check out one of our fitness kits !

Tell Us About It

Write a brief book review on one (or more) of the books you read.  Enter reviews into Beanstack or write them on your paper log.