For 15 years the Kitchigami Regional Library System has hosted Snow Time For Reading, a reading promotion for adults.
The promotion is handled differently in different library branches. In Pine River, readers read 15 books in three months and earn a commemorative mug. This year’s mug is almost a perfect sphere and looks like a snowball. The Longville Library also offers a mug in exchange for a log of 15 books read during that timeframe, but participants are also entered for drawings for backpacks or T-shirts.
Anyone over age 18 is eligible, and the event is free.
“We have about 50 people that sign up and almost all of them finish. Hopefully we’ll get more people to try to sign up for it and try to go for it. If I see a big reader I’ll say, ‘Here, sign up. It’s not hard,’” said Muriel Erickson, Pine River Library branch manager. “It’s pretty much the same people. I have one person in Nisswa that mails me an envelope so I can send the form to her. She’ll send it back to us and in the summer when it’s warm enough for her to come out she’ll come and pick up her mug.”
In Pine River the event is funded through donations and money raised through the summer book sale. There are 72 mugs available to participants, and if any participant is able to fill out more than one sheet, he or she may be eligible for more than one mug.
The Longville branch also has a snow dollar promotion.
“We give a little card to all the patrons, and all the items they check out here count for that. It’s not just books, it’s DVDs, magazines and everything. Every five books or items they check out counts toward a snow dollar,” said Cheryl Martin, library branch manager.
Snow dollars can be exchanged for items from the library snow store. Items include little snowmen, water bottles, little bowls, stuffed animals and other items.
These promotions run from January until the end of March. Drawings in Longville will be held in April.