Booklovers can once again welcome the New Year with some healthy self-indulgence: reading books, audiobooks and more books - as many as possible - between Jan. 1 and March 14.
The Adult Winter Reading Contest (AWR) has been part of the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) winter programming since 1998. The idea, according to program coordinator Tim Mallory, is to entice busy adults to give themselves a break, relax, get comfortable and read just for the fun of it.
"How many times in the last year did you hear about an interesting book and think 'I've got to read that?'" Mallory asked. "The holidays are nearly over and the kids will head back to school. Starting Jan. 1, it's time for the grown-ups to indulge."
The more books and audiobooks contestants read, the better the chances of winning prizes. There are five mini-vacation grand prizes - overnight stays at bed & breakfasts and resorts around the district. In addition, there are10 backpacks, each chock-full of treats, books and audiobooks. Here's how it works:
1. Between Jan. 1 and March 14, read or listen to a minimum of five books.
2. Pick up AWR entry forms - one form for every five books you read - at any Timberland library, or download from the website (www.TRL.org, hover over "Programs").
3. Using one form for each five books you read, write the titles, authors' names, a brief review of each book and a ranking from 1 to 5 stars for each book.
4. Turn in the forms at any Timberland library no later than Saturday, March 14. Each form counts as an entry.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and be current TRL cardholders. Only one grand prize and one local prize per person. TRL employees and immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
Readers will find entry brochures with entry forms included at all Timberland Libraries and online at www.TRL.org.