Winter Adult Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Winter Adult Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

PPLD invites you to participate in 2019’s Winter Adult Reading Program A Universe of Stories! From Feb. 1 - March 31, read books and attend Library programs to win prizes. This year we are challenging you to try something new! While you still have the option of reading 8 books in 8 weeks to win reading prizes, you can now participate in 4 activities in place of reading 4 books.

Reading prizes include a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar, and a polar bear hot/cold pack, and a limited edition 2019 Winter Adult Reading Program mug.

  • Complete the first level by reading 4 books, or with a combination of reading 2 books and 2 activities, and win the chocolate bar and hot/cold pack.
  • Complete the second level by reading 4 more books, or with a combination of reading 2 more books and 2 activities, and win the mug.
  • Complete both levels to be entered into a drawing for a Samsung tablet.

Click here to register.

Click here for a complete list of Winter Adult Reading Program events.

Click here for a printable reading log.

Featured Programs

Winter Adult Reading Program Kickoff Parties
Join us for the kickoff of the Winter Adult Reading Program: A Universe of Stories. Come enjoy a hot chocolate bar, find some new reads, and participate in a book swap. Staff members will be on hand to help you register and the first 30 people who register in person at the party will receive a limited edition tote bag. All ages welcome to the party. The reading program is open to ages 18 and up.

Durthy Washington presents Reading in Reverse: Discovering "the Classics"
This class invites participants to discover classic literature by “reading in reverse.” Creating your reading list for the New Year? Then you won’t want to miss this class!

Dr. Wanda Tisby Cousar and Ron Cousar present African Storytelling, Drumming, and Percussion
Join Dr. Wanda Tisby Cousar and Ron Cousar for a Black History Month program that will include a West African Dance performed to drumming. They will also tell the true story of the Lion King using an African instrument called a Balafon.

Rose Red Elk presents Native American Tales
Oral, spoken word storytelling accompanied by music is Rose Red Elk's passion. She will engage the audience to participate in a song “Keepers of the Earth.”

Ann Doolan-Fox presents The Celtic Road Home
Join Ann Doolan-Fox as she discusses her book, The Celtic Road Home. The book tells the story of her childhood, international adventurous travels, and life journey until the present day.

Linda Batlin presents Folktales Around the World
Join Linda Batlin for a potpourri of multicultural folktales from around the world, some classic tales, some whimsical stories but all certain to educate and entertain.

More activities and way to participate


Thanks for your question regarding the Winter Adult Reading Program prizes. Each participant who completes the program will recieve the annual reading program mug and be entered into the grand prize drawing for the Samsung Tablet. Thanks!

Thank you for participating for the last 12 years. We hope you enjoy the program this year!

My wife and I are already enjoying the program this year! We are a little confused about the activities and how they work with the books. Can we by chance get a little clarification? Do the "Other Activities" count the same as going to an event, or are they suggestions? If so, do they double up if, for instance, you read a book in a genre you don't normally read? Thanks

The Other Activities count the same as going to an event. Some of the activites do count as double. For instance, if you read a book in a genre you don't normally read, you can count it as one of the books and as one of the activities.

Let us know if you have any further questions! Happy Reading!

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Is there no longer any prizes for reading four books (half-way mark, so to speak)?

Yes, there still is a prize for reading four books. You will recieve a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate bar and a hot/cold pack shaped like a bear (to keep with the theme). After you read 8 books, you will recieve the annual reading program mug and be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Samsung Tablet.

I don't know where to log in books that I have read on the web site. ( tech challenged :( LOL)
I have been using the printed reading and activity log. Is this okay? or do I need to add in the books on the beanstack web site?
Thank you!

This year since we added activities to the Winter Adult Reading Program, everything is considered an activity. So you would check off when you have read books. There are no titles required.

If you have further questions, please let us know.


You can use the printed reading and activity log to record your books and activities. Then you can take it to the library you use the most and the staff will add it to Beanstack. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Are the mugs dishwasher and/or microwave safe? They don't say on them. All they have is the omnipresent "China."

Hi Pam,

Thanks for your question.

Here is the response we got from our mug vendor:
The mug is microwave safe. We do recommend hand washing to preserve the imprint on the item. Due to different heat settings and detergents used for dishwashers we cannot guarantee the imprint will stay on the item. If your concern is about the item breaking in the dishwasher, it will not break. You could put it on the top rack of the dishwasher.

I loved the changes to this year's adult reading program! I appreciated the option to complete activities along with reading books. I liked the variety of activities as well. I had a lot of fun and the mug is awesome! Thanks for a great program!


You can visit your local PPLD branch library to get the prizes. Since we do the tracking on the computer, you can just tell them your name and show your card number and they can do the tracking for you and get your prizes. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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