Challenge Calendars available to promote yearlong reading

Literary Junction
Thursday, January 3, 2019
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The New Year is upon us. Whether for good or bad, another year has passed and with it all the resolutions we made last year at this time. Hopefully, you have been successful with any resolutions you made last year.

I have heard it said that Jan. 1 is the one time each year everyone gets a chance to start over. Maybe, maybe not. Each of us must decide for ourselves if that is true, but the “experts” say the first of the year is a good time to make a positive start or change toward meeting a goal. That goal, however, must be something realistic.

For the past few years, being the library geek that I am, I have encouraged people to make it a goal to read more throughout the next year. If this is something that interests you, we at the Big Horn County Library are going to once again have available Challenge Calendars.

The Challenge Calendars are a one-piece poster with the 2019 calendar on them. Around the edges are a number of challenges with regards to different types of books one can read. For example, one challenge is to read a book written by someone who is under the age of 30. Another is to read a book that became a movie. Read a book set in the future or one that has non-human characters. Or perhaps read a book that is set during Christmas, one that has been translated from a different language or one that might make you cry. There are many other challenges and you can choose to read or not read any book that is suggested. They are just that, suggestions.

The idea is to simply encourage people to read more and add a little bit of a challenge with it. You are the one who decides the book that will fit into the suggestion and if you aren’t interested in a book with a one-word title, perhaps you will be interested in one that was written more than 100 years ago. You also are the one who decides what the genre is for your books. Perhaps you like westerns and so you pick a Louis L’Amour novel with a color in the title. If you enjoy spy novels, you might choose a Daniel Silva novel recommended to you by a friend.

Again, the purpose is just to encourage everyone to read more and the Challenge Calendars are a good tool to help make it happen. The calendars are at the front desk of the Big Horn County Library and free for the taking. We will only be giving one to each person, however, because we do have a limited number.

We at the Big Horn County Library would like to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.