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There's "snow better time to read" than winter


The Library’s Winter Reading Clubs will kick off on the first official day of winter, Monday, December 21. Readers of all ages can register online at The early start this year will allow patrons to take advantage of the extra downtime during what might be a quiet holiday season. In the past, Winter Reading Clubs started January 2.

“We know this year has been challenging for everyone, and the holidays will look a little different, with fewer places to go, but it’s also a great opportunity to make the most of our time at home by reading a great book,” said Adult Services Manager Laura Scott. “Our staff is always excited to help patrons find books they’ll love, now more than ever.”

“Moving the start date of Winter Reading Club, which normally begins right after the new year begins, will give students on their breaks from school something to enjoy during their downtime,” said Staci Greenwald, the Library’s Youth Services Manager. “Our Book Bundles and Contact-Free Pickup are a great way for families to get books quickly and easily to keep reading all season.” Information about these and other services for younger readers can be found at

Kids and teens who read for 20 days between December 21 and February 28 will receive a prize book and will be entered to win one of three Target gift cards. After an additional 20 days of reading they’ll earn a second entry into the drawing. Teens will be entered to win gift cards from either Starbucks, Target or Amazon. Prize books are provided by the Friends of the Park Ridge Library.

For every 10 days an adult reads, they will be entered into a prize drawing to win one of five gift cards to a local business. Participating businesses include Harp & Fiddle, Edie Boutique, Sweet & Tart Cocktail Bar, 2 Sisters Boutique and Beer on the Wall/Off the Wall Cafe. Gift cards were donated by the Friends of the Park Ridge Library.

Like last year, participants can use Beanstack to register online and track their reading. Patrons can create a free account for themselves or their whole family, and the Beanstack mobile app for Apple or Android devices to help readers record their progress wherever they might have a chance to read.

Reading logs will be available in a mailbox outside the Library beginning December 21; a printable PDF will also be posted to the Library website at

Registration is available now online at and by calling the Library. For more information about the Winter Reading Club, call 847-825-3123.

Winter Scavenger Hunt for Families 

The Library's Youth Services staff has also planned another seasonal scavenger hunt with businesses around town. Game sheets will be available in the mailbox on the Library building beginning December 21, and a printable PDF will be available on the Library website.

As with the fall and summer Around Town scavenger hunts, kids will be given clues to different sites around town and can answer questions in various categories. They can track their answers on Beanstack and then get entered to win one of two Target gift cards. 

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