What is Broaden Your Shelf?
The Mammen Family Public Library invites all adults (ages 18 and up) to take part in our annual reading challenge! Join the challenge and track your reading, earn prizes, attend library events, and connect with other readers in our community. Whether you are currently an avid reader or would like to become one, the Broaden Your Shelf Reading Challenge is a great way to build a regular reading habit all year round. The challenge will run from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024, but participants are welcome to join the challenge at any time during the year.
Stop by the library each month to pick up a paper bookmark tracker. Each month, we will have a featured theme to help you find something new to read. You are welcome to choose books from the featured theme or choose other books that interest you!
Track your reading on your paper bookmark tracker. You can also color and decorate your paper bookmark
3. Win Prizes
At the end of each month, return your paper bookmark tracker to the Library’s information desk and pick up next month’s bookmark. The Library will keep your bookmark tracker, and at the end of the year, we will draw a grand prize winner. The more bookmarks you turn in during the year (a maximum of 1 per month), the greater your chances of winning!
Each month, we will feature a reading theme to help you broaden your reading horizons. Feel free to read a book from the featured theme or any other books of your own choosing!
In celebration of National Hobby Month, read a nonfiction book on a skill or hobby. Turn in your January paper bookmark tracker to the Library’s information desk between January 31, 2024 through February 14, 2024. Visit our January Booklist here.
If you would like ideas for books on this month’s theme, visit our August booklist here.
The season of All Hallow’s Read is upon us. Pick up a book that gives you a fright, whether it’s of the mystery, thriller, horror, or true crime genre. If you avoid the scaries, then a cozy mystery will work too! For book ideas on this month’s theme, visit our October booklist here.
The 2024 Broaden Your Shelf Reading Challenge will also include quarterly in-person events at the library. Stay tuned for details on what we have planned for the year!
In the meantime, check out the Library’s online calendar to see what else we have planned.
Still want to track your reading on Beanstack? While we are no longer using the Beanstack app to track program participation in the Broaden Your Shelf Reading Challenge in 2024, we do offer the 2024 Leisure Learning Log on Beanstack. Log into your Beanstack app or browser to learn more and to join this challenge!
Looking for a kids’ reading challenge? Check out the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) program or stay tuned for details on the Summer Reading Challenge, which runs annually from June through August.