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Hertfordshire County Council

Winter Reads

Winter Reads is a free reading challenge for all ages. Complete your challenge by 24 February 2024 for the chance to win some amazing prizes.




Winter Reads explained

To take part in Winter Reads you need to be a member of the library - it’s free to join. Pop in to collect your challenge card from your local library.

Step 1
Choose your challenges from the list below. Add your challenge numbers to your challenge card.

Step 2
Once you have completed a challenge, date it and get it stamped by a member of staff or a library volunteer.

Step 3
For a chance to win some fantastic prizes, complete the information on the reverse of your challenge card and hand it to a member of staff.

All of the books you read as part of the challenge must be from Hertfordshire Libraries, this includes audio and eBooks from BorrowBox.

The challenge is flexible! If you’re not a big reader, one book can complete multiple challenges or you can make it more difficult and complete one book per challenge - it’s up to you!

You can get multiple challenges stamped at once. We recommend you complete the challenge within a minimum of 4 visits to the library.

Finishing certificates for children are available from your local library, while stock lasts.

You can only enter the prize draw once.





The challenges

The adult and children’s challenges have been designed to be similar, which makes it great for families to take part in the challenge together. Where children’s challenge differ, they are mentioned in brackets. You only need to choose 12 from the list of 24 challenges:

  1. Attend any library event
  2. Choose a book to read with a friend or a group of friends
  3. Read a book with snow in the title or a picture of snow on the cover
  4. Take a photo of your current read in your favourite reading spot (For children: Draw or take a photo of a reading den you have created)
  5. Read a book recommended by a friend
  6. Read or listen to a book before bed
  7. Read a story told through pictures
  8. Choose a book with your favourite colour on the cover
  9. Read or listen to a book on Borrow Box
  10. Review a library book on social media or on our online catalogue (For children:  Complete a Dear Library post card)
  11. Choose a book recommended by a member of staff or a volunteer
  12. Diversify your reading (For children: Read a book about someone from a different background)
  13. Choose a book from a display in the library
  14. Beat blue Monday and read a book with a blue cover (For children: Read a book with a blue cover)
  15. Read a book written before you were born
  16. Read a different genre to one you'd usually choose (For children: Genre swap! Try reading a different type of book)
  17. Read a page a day throughout the challenge (For children: Spend 1 minute a day reading throughout the challenge)
  18. Read a non-fiction book
  19. Read a prize winning book
  20. Read a book set in another country
  21. Select a book that has or is going to be made into a film or TV show
  22. Start a new book series
  23. Re-read your favourite book
  24. Wild card! Create your own challenge




Winter Reads events 

The End Of Us - An evening with Olivia Kiernan
Letchworth Library
Wednesday 7 February, 7pm

Guy Bass, for children and families to enjoy together
Bishop's Stortford Library
Saturday 17 February, 11am



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