It’s that magical time of year for readers in Seattle – it’s Summer Book Bingo! We’re now into our fourth year partnering with our pals at Seattle Arts & Lectures on this adult summer reading program that challenges you to read in certain categories. (Pick up a card at any of our locations or download one from our website.)
This year we added some new challenges for you, such as “history,” “about the environment,” “about travel,” and “finish a book you started and put down” — all categories that you can interpret broadly and that can be either novels or nonfiction. We also brought back categories from previous years, such as “graphic novel,” “memoir or biography” and “LGBTQIA author or character.”
New this year is challenge to read a book where either the author or character has a disability. We’re especially excited about this category and its tie with the USA Special Olympic Games, which are in Seattle this year! (How exciting is that? 4,000 athletes competing in 14 sports!) The Games open on July 1 at 12:30 with a ceremony at Husky Stadium, and the competition continues through July 6.
When it comes to the sport of competitive reading in the form of Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo, a great place to start is with “recommended by a librarian.”
Here’s how to win the Recommended by a Librarian category
Select a book from one of these resources:
Displays at any of our locations: You can count on any book that’s featured in a display as being hand-picked by one of us. Pro tip: Many branches do Book Bingo displays with books organized by the Bingo square/challenge. Load up next time you’re in!
Peak Picks: Our wonderful selection services librarians put a lot of thought into which books they feature in this exciting display of new, hot titles and in-demand books. Bonus: New books are added each month, so there’s almost always something fresh for you.
Library Reads: Each month, librarians across the U.S. vote on new books that they’re excited to share with readers. We’ve been sharing the Top Ten Library Reads here on Shelf Talk. You can also check the Library Reads site for lists going back to September 2013.
Talking to us! Stop by the Information desk at your favorite Library and chat with us about what kinds of books you like to read and we’ll make recommendations. We can also help you online at Your Next 5 Books; you’ll be asked to fill out a super short form, and then one of our librarians will create a personalized reading list and email it to you in a few days.
Summer Book Bingo 2018 runs from May 23 through Sept. 4, 2018. Find complete details on our Book Bingo website, get ideas for what to read here, use the tag #BookBingoNW2018 when chatting about books on social media, and, most importantly, have fun with it! Presented by The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures.
~ posted by Linda J.