Under the B, “banned book.” Under the I, “indie author.”
The Chilliwack Library has just launched its new program Winter Book Bingo to inspire folks to read a book they wouldn’t normally pick up.
“The idea is to encourage readers to read outside of their comfort zone and also encourage them to read books that they might have been putting off,” librarian Tal Wieczorek said.
The idea is simple. Pick up a bingo sheet from the Chilliwack Library and you’ll find a different type or genre of book in each square.
Some of the boxes on the bingo sheet include “a book that is being made into a movie or TV show this year,” “a classic you’ve been meaning to read,” and “a book from the Local Indie Authors collection.”
Check off the box once you’ve read the book and for every bingo line you complete (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), you get an entry form into a draw.
And it’s not just physical books, ebooks and audio books count, too.
If you need help picking a book to fit one of those categories, they can help.
“There’s a lot of resources we have to help you find your next read,” Wieczorek added.
Head online to the library’s Reading Room, a “virtual place for you to discover new books and other library materials” such as the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s podcast ReadRadio, and a personalized reading list from an FVRL reading advisor.
Winter Book Bingo is open to adults and teens/tweens. The bingo sheets are the same for each group, though the prizes are different. For the adults, Starbucks gift cards and FVRL swag will be up for grabs. For teens and tweens, you need to complete only one bingo line to get an invite to a pizza party at the end of the program on March 28.
“Winter is a good time to run a program like this because when is a better time to read than when the weather is rainy and cold?” Wieczorek said.
Winter Book Bingo runs now until March 19. For more info and to pick up a bingo sheet, head to the info desk at the Chilliwack Library or call 604-792-1941.