Carmel library offers incentives to read during winter break 


The Carmel Clay Public Library is aiming to keep kids and teens reading during winter break. The library will launch two programs Dec. 21  toward that goal.

The first program, Book Bingo, will be offered for infants through elementary school-aged children.

“We will have the bingo cards available either here in the library from the children’s desk, or they can download a card from our website,” said Elizabeth Essink, children and youth services manager.

Kids will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to earn squares.

“We try to bring some out–the-box ways of approaching reading, so they will be trying different kinds of books that they may or may not read on a regular basis,” Essink said. “The kids can explore across different genres.”

For each bingo (up to three), participants can choose a toy. If they complete the whole bingo card, they will receive a free book.

The other program, the Young Adult Winter Reading Challenge, takes teens on a tour of books stacks in the library.

“Beginning Dec. 21, they can go online ( to register,” said Jamie Beckman, young adult department manager. “They complete the program by reading six books between Dec. 21 and March 11.”

Prizes include a $1 fine reduction coupon for registering for the program, a book from the Young Adult Book Vault after reading and recording the first book, a $2 Square Donuts gift card after reading and recording three books and a stainless steel reusable-straw set after reading and recording six books.

The theme for both programs is Savor the Library. Participants are required to register in advance for both programs, which run through March 11. For more, visit

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