Winter Reading Program offered at CML

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is bringing back its Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading over break.

A twist on CML’s Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, K-12 students can register in person at CML’s 23 locations throughout Franklin County.

The annual program challenges students to track their progress as they read for 20 days and complete five activities on their game boards. Examples of game board activities include “Read a book about a famous person,” “Read a book with a magical creature,” “Tell a staff member about a book you read” and many more. Just for signing up, students will receive a bookmark, mechanical pencil, eraser and sticker. Students who complete the program will earn a book they can keep, as well as a drawstring bag.

Last winter, approximately 7,800 students participated in the program.

Studies show that kids who read during out-of-school time maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success.

To learn more about the Winter Reading Challenge, visit

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