Summer Book Bingo Returns!

Polish your library card, clean your reading glasses, dust off your Kindle — whatever you need to do — because today Seattle Arts & Lectures and Seattle Public Library launch Summer Book Bingo, the 2017 edition! Pick up a bingo card at any of our Libraries, or print the pdf here.

Here’s a brief rundown of how it works:

  • Have a glorious summer of reading books that you enjoy while also discovering new genres and authors.
  • Write titles of books that fill challenges in each Bingo square.
  • Keep reading through Labor Day, and then if you have Bingo (five in a row down, across, diagonally) or a blackout (all 25 squares/challenges filled) you enter a drawing for fantastic bookish prizes.*

More complete directions are on the back of the card. We’re keeping it simple so the emphasis is on reading and getting into conversations about books, and of course bringing grown ups some of the excitement of summer reading programs from their youth.

If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, please use #BookBingoNW2017 to talk about books, get suggestions, share photos of books you’re reading, share photos of YOU reading, and let people get a peek at your card. If you’re looking for suggestions for different squares, ask a librarian in person or online, ask a bookseller, or ask on Twitter (tag @SPLBuzz and @SeaArtsLectures)And keep checking Book Bingo 2017 blog posts here on Shelf Talk; we have 25 blog posts planned, one per square, with targeted suggestions from librarians, library staff, booksellers and our pals at SAL; you can also check our Book Bingo blog posts from the last two years for suggestions.

This is the third year we’ve partnered with Seattle Arts & Lectures to bring you Summer Book Bingo. Clearly, this is going to be the BEST summer since last summer!

Let the reading begin!

— posted by Linda J.

*Even though the real prize is the joy of reading, we also will be giving away gift cards to independent bookstores and a grand prize of two tickets to the entire 2017/18 SAL season + books from next season’s authors.

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