Winter Reads - Adult Reading Program

Winter Reads 2018

Enjoy Winter, Enjoy Reading! 

Hygge—a Danish term meaning, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Get your hygge on with Winter Reads! You’ll get reading suggestions, share book reviews with other readers, and have chances to win prizes.  

How can I participate?  

At the Library:
Read or listen to one book or many! Pick up a Winter Reads bookmark at the library, and rate and comment on the books you read. You are now eligible for the weekly prize drawing AND the Grand Prize drawing at your local library. Pick up a Winter Reads Activity List, complete 5 activities, and win a winter-themed button.

You can also participate online this year using Beanstack. Log each of the books you’ve read or listened to, and you’re eligible for the weekly prize drawing and Grand Prize drawing at your local library! Complete 5 of the Winter Reads badges online and win a winter-themed button.

In January we're participating in a nation-wide reading challenge that will benefit First Book. Read more about it below.  

Special Library Programs

January 23, 2:00-3:00pm, Shakopee Library. Local author Loretta Ellsworth will discuss her new book, Stars Over Clear Lake.

January 30, 7:00-8:00pm, Savage Library. Local author Kate Anne Kang will discuss her book, Given Away.

January 30, 7:00-8:00pm, New Prague Library. Researcher and author Chad Lewis will present “Minnesota’s Gangster Past”.

February 17, 1:30-2:30pm, Shakopee Library. Several local mystery authors from Twin Cities Sisters in Crime will present a panel discussion.

February 28, 7:00-8:00pm, Savage Library. Local poet Kayla Severson will discuss her recently    published book of poetry, Nature’s First Gem is Green, part of which she wrote at the Savage Library!

Looking for your next great read? 

You’ve come to the right place!  We have several resources to connect you with new authors and books, and we can recommend read-alikes, new authors, and more.  Check out our New and Recommended page for reading ideas. 

If you are interested in finding “the best” of 2017, check out these lists: Library JournalPublisher's Weekly, GoodreadsLibrary Reads,  New York Times,  MN Public Radio, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Special Reading Challenge in January

From January 1st to January 31st, we will participate in the inaugural nationwide Winter Reading Challenge. We challenge all our patrons to read at least 260 books total during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site. Over 100 libraries across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. If we reach the nationwide goal, "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban will donate $25,000 to the organization "First Book," which provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.