Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo NW 2022 Starts TODAY!

Today is the day–Wednesday, May 18th is the start of our 8th Year of Summer Book Bingo with our amazing partner Seattle Arts & Lectures!

The bingo card artwork by local artist Jorge Villavicencio highlights the Library’s Year of Wonder theme with vibrant, whimsical balloons, kites, and reading aliens from outer space to help set the tone of your reading adventure!

Between now and Tuesday, September 6th, you can keep track of your summer reading with the goals of either getting a line of Bingo (a line across, down, or diagonal) or Blackout (filling every square on the board) and submit your entry by September 6th to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to a local independent book store, provided by a generous donation from the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, or to enter into the Blackout drawing for a chance to win a subscription to the 2022/2023 SAL series of your choice!

Whether you enter for a chance to win or just love a chance to read more widely, Summer Book Bingo is a great way to explore your summer reading with more intentionality while reading for pleasure, joy, and wonder!

Every year, we share three categories early to pique your interest and to help you plan your reading.

This year, we did a sneak peek of the categories A book about books, Healthcare or health care workers, and LGBTQ+ love story.

You will find this year’s bingo sheet, together with more book lists, articles, and ideas on our Book Bingo page!

While staff across the system contribute to book lists with ideas in most categories and create some fantastic displays, we are always eager to help you with reading ideas. Let staff know if you are looking for Book Bingo inspiration and take advantage of our Your Next 5 Books personalized reading list service.

Summer Book Bingo is also available in Spanish, so feel free to try both!

As a reminder, here is how you enter the drawing:

When you’ve filled the front and back of your bingo card for either bingo (one line) or blackout (filling out all 25 squares), you can submit the card to enter drawings for prizes in the following ways:

1. Drop off your card (or a copy) at any branch of The Seattle Public Library.

2. Email an image of the front and back of your card to

3. Post a photo of the front of your card to Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures, @SPLBuzz) or Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures, @SeattlePublicLibrary). Be sure to tag #BookBingoNW2022.

Entries must be received by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. This contest is for readers ages 18 and up, and you are only allowed to enter once. Blackout card entrants will be entered in the drawing for one of three grand prizes, including a subscription to the 2022/23 SAL series of your choice. Both blackout card and bingo entrants will be entered to win a gift card from one of Seattle’s independent bookstores. You must be able to pick up your prize in person at a library location.

We always love to hear from you about your Book Bingo category ideas and creative approaches! Do you challenge your friends, family, or co-workers to do Book Bingo with you? Do you share your reading discoveries with others? Let us know! Tag us in posts with #BookBingoNW2022 so we know what you are up to or can help you along the way.

Happy reading!

~ posted by Misha S.


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