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2020 Winter Reading Challenge

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This Year’s Winter Reading Challenge will ask readers to “Imagine That!”

January 15 – March 15, 2020!

Fantastical stories have been around since before the written word and this year’s challenge will highlight books that tell stories of fantastical worlds, simple fables, and urban legends filled with characters as real as the family next door.

The Winter Reading Challenge is an opportunity for adults to celebrate the enjoyment and gratification of leisure reading and earn a 2020 commemorative Winter Reading Challenge coffee mug by reading five books in two months and qualify to win a special grand prize trip for two to Universal Orlando Resort!  

Prepare to experience the unbelievable with us as we lose ourselves in all the heart-pounding adventures and sensory experiences that will ask readers to “Imagine that!”

Make plans to join a book groups or special program at one of our branches, or online during our Winter Reading Challenge Facebook virtual events. 

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How do I participate?

  1. Check out the “Imagine That!” Suggested Readings lists for suggestions in print and electronic formats! Titles selected by Library staff will complement the fantasy 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 (sign up for a Beanstack account) or at any MCPL location. Registration for the Challenge will open on January 15th.
  3. Read any five books between January 15 and March 15, 2020.
  4. Participate in online discussions hosted by MCPL via the Winter Reading Challenge Facebook Group page.
  5. 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.
  6. 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, 2020 in order to receive a limited edition 2020 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!

What are the prizes?

Winter Reading Challenge Commemorative Mug

Everyone who completes the Challenge and reads any five books between January 15 – March 15, 2020 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 2020 theme.

Grand Prize: A 3-night trip for 2 to Universal Orlando Resort including accommodations and airfare 

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Enter for your chance to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, where you’ll enjoy three amazing theme parks, including the movie and TV-based excitement of Universal Studios Florida, the worlds of legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and the tropical paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. From theme park thrills to unforgettable dining and entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort is a vacation of endless awesome. 

You could win a 3-night trip for 2 people, including:

  • Round trip airfare to Orlando, Florida, courtesy of KC102.1.
  • Ground transportation between the airport and hotel in Orlando
  • Accommodations at the all-new Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
  • Admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks, with Express Passes* letting you skip the regular lines at most popular rides and attractions 
  • Admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park 
  • Tickets to a Blue Man Group show at Universal Orlando 

For more information on Universal Orlando Resort and for great deals on vacation packages, visit universalorlando.com!

This trip is provided by Universal Orlando Resort in exchange for promotional consideration.

*Valid theme park admission required. Universal Express ride access at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure is a separate queue with a shorter wait time at participating attractions. Subject to availability. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. © 2019 Blue Man Group Holdings, LLC. All rights Reserved. © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture V. UNIVERSAL TM & © Universal Studios. ENDLESS SUMMER registered trademarks, Bruce Brown Films, LLC. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

2020 Winter Reading Challenge Contest Rules

Promotion Dates

Promotion begins on January 15, 2020 and ends at 12:00 AM CT on March 15, 2020. No purchase necessary to enter or win. 

Sweepstakes Eligibility Restrictions

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, and must provide a valid phone number and/or email address. Grand prize winner or their companion must be 21 years of age or older. Mid-Continent Public Library and Universal Orlando (as defined below) 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. This promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  

Entry

Participants must visit mymcpl.org/winterreading to access the Library’s online logging page and must log five books online or turn in a reading log to any Mid-Continent Public Library branch between January 15 – March 15, 2020. All entries received online and hard copies received in branch must include the name of participant and an email address or phone number. All participants logging five or more books will receive one (1) complimentary coffee mug available for pick-up at a participating branch, and will be entered once into a random drawing for the grand prize. Only one grand prize entry is allowed per person. 

Winner Selection and Notification

One winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entrants by March 20, 2020. Winner must respond within 14 days of being contacted, or another winner meeting the eligibility criteria will be selected through a second random drawing. Decisions of Mid-Continent Public Library management with respect to the promotion are final.

Prize and Odds of Winning

Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible participants received. Winner does not need to be present to win. 

Grand Prize

There will be one (1) Grand Prize (“Prize”) awarded. The grand prize winner (“Winner”) will receive a four (4) day, three (3) night stay for Winner and one (1) Guest (“Guest”) at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida courtesy of Universal Orlando and roundtrip coach class airfare for Winner and one (1) Guest courtesy of Steel City Media (KC102.1) (collectively, the “Trip”).  

Trip will include: Round-trip coach class air transportation for Winner and one (1) Guest from Kansas City International Airport to Orlando, FL; Three (3) nights standard hotel accommodation (one room, double occupancy, room and tax only) at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites or at another Universal Orlando Resort hotel (as determined by Universal Orlando in their sole discretion); non-exclusive ground transportation to and from airport and hotel in Orlando, FL; 3-Park 3-Day Park-to-Park tickets for admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, for Winner and one (1) Guest; 2-Park Universal Express Passes for Winner and one (1) Guest for up to three (3) days for use at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure; and admission to one (1) Blue Man Group Show (exact date and time to be determined by Universal Orlando in their sole discretion) for Winner and one (1) Guest. 

The Fair Market Value (“FMV”) of Prize is One Thousand Five Hundred Sixty-Seven and 00/100 Dollars ($1,567.00) plus the actual cost of airfare.

Trip must be completed by March 31, 2021 or Prize will be forfeited. Travel dates and arrangements are subject to air travel, holiday, blackout dates, and other prize and travel restrictions. Travel dates are subject to Universal Orlando, Steel City Media, and Mid-Continent Public Library’s approval. Resort reservations are subject to availability. Trip must be booked at least ninety (90) days prior to intended departure date. If Winner elects to partake in any or all portions of his/her Prize with  no Guest, the Prize will be awarded to Winner only and any remainder of the Prize will be forfeited and shall not be subject to further or alternative compensation. All elements of the Prize must be redeemed at the same time, and no changes will be permitted after confirmation of any redemption. If Winner is between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21), he/she must be accompanied by an adult of at least twenty-one (21) years of age in order to check into the hotel. Unless child or ward of Winner, Guest must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of departure and must travel on the same itinerary and at the same time as the Winner.  FMV of Prize may vary depending upon the points of departure, ground transportation, and/or airline fare fluctuations; no difference between stated FMV and final FMV of Prize will not be awarded. Prize consists only of the elements expressly set forth above; no other elements or expenses (including, without limitation, insurance, meals, unspecified ground transportation, phone calls, baggage, gratuities, incidentals, souvenirs, gasoline, etc.) are included in the Prize and all such expenses are the sole responsibility of Winner.  Winner is responsible for any air travel taxes and/or expenses, including applicable departure taxes or fees, inspection charges, baggage fees, airport parking, and security charges. Winner and Guest are responsible for obtaining, at their own expense, any necessary travel documentation (i.e. valid photo identification, visas, passports, etc.) prior to travel. Once issued, tickets are nontransferable and may not be reissued once travel has commenced. Open tickets may not be issued and stopovers are not permitted. Travel arrangements related to accommodations, airport transfers, and park tickets must be made through Universal Orlando and airfare reserve through Steel City Media, Mid-Continent Public Library or their designee.   

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. Mid-Continent Public Library and the prize providers 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, and the prize providers will not replace any lost or stolen prize items. 
  
Universal City Development Partners, Ltd. d/b/a Universal Orlando Resort (“Universal Orlando”) is a prize provider only in this promotion, is not a sponsor of this promotion and is not responsible for the administration of the promotion, the collection of entries, or the selection of any winner.  Any disputes, claims, and causes of action against Universal Orlando arising out of or relating to any person’s use of or participation in any prize provided by Universal Orlando shall be resolved by applying the laws of Florida, without regard to conflict of laws provisions therein, and shall be solely and exclusively brought in state or federal courts within Orange County, Florida. Such claims shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and all such claims shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event to include attorneys’ fees.

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Mid-Continent Public Library; 15616 E. 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64050

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