By Carol Ann Robb, PPL Reference Librarian

Do you sometimes find yourself in a reading lull? You want to pick up a book but not sure what you’re in the mood for? Or else nothing piques your interest. Or else all the books on your list are checked out. What to do, what to do…

Well, that’s when the library’s 2022 Reading Challenge comes in handy. “Read Around the Clock” has twelve categories that will prompt you towards a type of book that you might not normally pick up. In fact, a patron told me just the other day how taking part in last year’s challenge helped her find new authors and books that she wouldn’t have known about otherwise—which is exactly our plan!

We don’t want it to feel like a school assignment—reading should be fun, not drudgery—but we aren’t above trying to stretch your reading muscles a bit. And really, isn’t finding a new author or series one of the most exciting things to happen?

This year we’re asking you to read a book in each of the following categories: Adventure, Author That is New to You, Title Containing a Number, Book Featuring Weather, Book with a Blue Cover, Pioneer/Western, Family Member in the Title, Character has a Disability/Chronic Illness, Reader’s Choice, Uplifting/Feel Good Book, a Book Chosen for its Cover, and any Nonfiction title. Some will be easier to find than others but not to worry—staff are always available to help you find a book that fits the category (here’s our secret—we have lists. Lots of lists).

Stop by the Reference Desk the next time you’re in the library to pick up your reading log and bookmark. You can also peruse our display table with titles that fit into the categories (we’ve identified them for you). There’s no rush—you have until December 31st to finish the challenge.

We hope you have as much fun taking part in “Read Around the Clock” as we did planning it. After all, it’s always the right time to read.