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The Grant County Public Library is hoping the community picks up some books as the temperature drops this winter.
While the library has long offered a summer reading program, for the second year they are offering the “Hot Reads For Cold Nights” winter reading program for teenagers and adults.
“There’s always a big push to read during the summer, but when it’s winter, it’s cold outside,” said Wynita Worley, public services librarian. “It’s a great time to read some books.”
Through Feb. 15, patrons are encouraged to pick up a winter reading Bingo card when they check out their books.
Each square has a particular literary genre listed.
“We picked a few new categories this year like Classics With a Twist,” Worley said. “That can be something like ‘Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters’ or ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.’ One of the categories is to read a vampire book, but not “’Twilight.’ One card has a category of werewolves because apparently they are the new thing.”
Other genres include everything from Kentucky history and cookbooks to romance and legal thrillers.
Placed throughout the library are displays offering recommendations for books for several literary genres.
For every book that is read, a square can be covered.
Once a reader completes one row, column or diagonal line, they have made a Bingo and can return their card to the library.
Once a week during the program, a Bingo card will be selected to win a prize.
Prizes include book bags, Book Lovers desk calendar, E-reader stands and mugs.
Patrons may complete more than one card if they would like.
Worley said the program seemed be to a hit last year when 75 people signed up.
She is hoping for an even bigger response this year.
“It’s just something fun to keep you reading,” Worley said. “You don’t have to watch TV every night.”
For more information about the “Hot Reads For Cold Nights” program, call 824-2080.