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2019 Winter Reading Challenge

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Congratulations to our Winter Reading Challenge winners - Colbern Road customer Meagan Rukavina is the winner of the KC Savvy Scavenger Hunt and Antioch Branch customer Madge Newport is the grand prize winner of the 2019 Winter Reading Challenge. Winners were drawn at random.

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Your MCPL Access Pass is Your “Passport to Everywhere” January 15 – March 15, 2019!

It’s a great big world full of all sorts of unique and wonderful sights! But you don’t have to travel far from home to experience the beauty and culture of other locations. Simply pick up book, or download an eBook or eAudiobook, and you have a ready-made passport to exotic landscapes.

This year, Mid-Continent Public Library is celebrating books with a great sense of setting.  

The Winter Reading Challenge is an opportunity for adults to celebrate the enjoyment and gratification of leisure reading and earn a 2019 commemorative Winter Reading Challenge coffee mug by reading five books in two months and qualify to win a special grand prize trip for two!  

Prepare to travel the globe with us as we lose ourselves in all the heart-pounding adventures and sensory experiences that a truly great book can evoke.

Want to enhance your worldwide trek? Meet a new travel partner at one of our many themed book groups or special program at one of our branches, or online during our Winter Reading Challenge Facebook virtual events. 

Let’s stamp that passport with an excellent read!

 

How do I participate?

  1. Check out the Passport to Everywhere Suggested Readings list coming in December for suggestions in print and electronic formats! Titles selected by Library staff will complement the travel theme and provide a quality reading experience that is entertaining, thoughtful, and surprising. Information about the program will also be available at all MCPL branches in mid-December. 
  2. Adult readers (18+) may join online or at any MCPL location, and begin logging on January 15, 2019.
  3. Read any five books between January 15 and March 15, 2019.
  4. Participate in online discussions hosted by MCPL via the Winter Reading Challenge Facebook Group page and Goodreads page.
  5. Join the KC Savvy mobile scavenger hunt beginning on February 15 for a staycation courtesy of Visit KC and the Adams Mark Hotel and Conference Center (see below for details).
  6. List those five books on the online Reading Log or on the log in the back of the Winter Reading Challenge booklet that will be available at your local branch in mid-December. You will be able to enroll on the electronic log soon, but participants can’t log their books until January 15.
  7. If you complete the Challenge and log five or more books online or turn in your log at a branch by March 15, please visit any Library location by April 2, 2019 in order to receive a limited edition 2019 Winter Reading Challenge mug. Branches that have depleted their inventory of mugs will receive more in late March. All participants who have completed the Challenge will receive a mug.

If you post online about what you are reading, use #mcplwinterread to stay connected!

 

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KC Savvy Scavenger Hunt 

February 15 – March 15, 2019

While you are experiencing new destinations, learn more about the one that you live in!

In December, National Geographic Travel named Kansas City as one of “the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead” on a list of 28 cities and destinations that included Perth, Australia; Macedonia; Toronto, Canada; Belize; and Salvador, Brazil. 

It’s certain that more travelers will be headed to the Heartland, but here’s the question: how “KC savvy” are you?

Mid-Continent Public Library and Visit KC, our city’s destination marketing organization, invite you to participate in a special mobile scavenger hunt with online, photo, and video missions in celebration of the Winter Reading Challenge and our town’s latest honor!

  1. Download the free GooseChase iPhone or Android app onto your phone or tablet. 
  2. Register for a personal account with a username and password of your choice.
  3. Search for the KC Savvy Scavenger Hunt and follow the prompts.

One winner will be chosen at random from all participants who earn 2,500 points or more. The winner will receive a Visit KC staycation that includes: a two-night stay at the Adams Mark Hotel & Conference Center including breakfast and entry to CoCo Key Water Resort, Tavernonna Restaurant and Up-Down Kansas City certificates, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art special exhibition passes; and a Visit KC gift basket of goodies from local businesses including Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, The Roasterie, and more.

For more information, visit mymcpl.org/goosechase.

What are the prizes?

Winter Reading Challenge Commemorative Mug

Everyone who completes the Challenge and reads any five books between January 15 – March 15, 2019 will receive a special commemorative coffee mug with this year’s theme. If you have collected mugs in past years, you will definitely want to make sure you earn this year’s edition with the 2019 theme.

Scavenger Hunt Prize: A Kansas City Staycation Package

One winner will be chosen at random from all participants who earn 2,500 points or more. The winner will receive a Visit KC staycation that includes: a two-night stay at the Adams Mark Hotel & Conference Center including breakfast and entry to CoCo Key Water Resort, Tavernonna Restaurant and Up-Down Kansas City certificates, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art special exhibition passes; and a Visit KC gift basket of goodies from local businesses including Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, The Roasterie, and more.

Grand Prize: A Trip to the Dominican Republic

All who complete the Challenge and read five books in two months and completed their logging by March 15 will be entered into a random drawing to win a six-night deluxe trip for two, including non-stop air travel and accommodations, at the all-inclusive TRS Cap Cana Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, courtesy of Vacation Express, KC102.1 and Mix 93.3.*

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*Grand Prize and Contest Rules

Grand Prize: The grand prize includes six nights of double-occupancy resort accommodations and an all-inclusive plan at the TRS Cap Cana Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, plus coach airfare, courtesy of Vacation Express (estimated value: $1,500 to $3,000 per person).

Grand Prize Contest Rules: One winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entrants by March 20, 2019. Eligible entrants must be 18 years of age or older, live in the greater Kansas City area, have a valid Mid-Continent Public Library account, have logged five books in two months online, or turned a log into a branch by March 15, 2019, and have a valid phone number or email address. Winner must respond within 14 days of being contacted, or another winner meeting the eligibility criteria will be selected. Winner and a companion must be 18 years of age or older and have current passports. Grand prize trip may be subject to blackout dates and other booking restrictions. Winner will submit their issued prize certificate with two travel dates to Vacation Express from a list of Friday departures from Kansas City International Airport April 1 and August 2, 2019. Vacation Express will select one of these dates, will confirm travel no more than 45 days in advance of the departure date, and will issue confirmation within 14 business days. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash or other compensation. Reporting and payment of all applicable taxes, fees, and/or surcharges, if any, arising out of, or resulting from, acceptance or use of a prize  are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner is responsible for other incidental expenses including tips, airport parking, and ground transportation. Mid-Continent Public Library, Steel City Media, and Vacation Express expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery, use, misuse, acceptance, participation, or possession of the prizes awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations apply. Mid-Continent Public Library, Steel City Media, and Vacation Express will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. Mid-Continent Public Library employees and individuals living in their households are not eligible to win the grand prize, but may participate in the challenge to earn a mug.

Scavenger Hunt Contest Rules: Participants must be at least 18 years of age, live in the Kansas City area, and have a valid email address. By playing the game, participants agree that GooseChase and the Library have access to their email address and can contact them. Participants acknowledge that any photo and video submissions will be available for other participants to see and for Mid-Continent Public Library and Visit KC to use in promotion of the game on social media and other channels. MCPL reserves the right to remove any inappropriate content submitted by a participant and to disqualify them from playing the game. Mid-Continent Public Library and Visit KC employees and their immediate household members are not eligible to win prizes.

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