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Librarian's Reading Challenge

January 28, 2013

Every year, from January 1st through March 1st, Mid-Continent Public Library holds a reading challenge for all staff members. The goal is to read as many young adult and juvenile books as you can, but participation is totally voluntary. All that is required is to keep a written list of titles read and the number of pages in each book.

At the end of the contest, the branch with the highest average number of pages read becomes home to the coveted traveling Cat in the Hat trophy. Obviously, since no money prizes are involved, the people who participate do so mainly for their own reading enjoyment. I have read some excellent juvenile novels during this yearly event. I often look for Newbery winners, Mark Twain nominees, or anything that looks interesting.

I just finished reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, which is a young adult novel about a strong WWII friendship between a young female pilot named Maddie and a female spy named Verity. It was exciting and also heartbreaking.

I also read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is a page turner about a 10-year-old boy born disfigured but blessed with intelligence, courage, and a loving and supportive family. That one made me cry.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can still find enjoyment and learn many life lessons from reading juvenile literature!

Janet E.
Blue Springs South Branch

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