by Amanda Ong
This summer The Seattle Public Library is hosting Summer Book Bingo — a summer reading program for adults, now in its eighth year. And anyone can participate! Just pick up a bingo card at any Library location, or download one online in English or Spanish, and start reading to fill out the categories. Each bingo placement offers a different reading challenge. You can read books in five categories to achieve bingo — a line across, up, down, or diagonally — or in all 25 squares for blackout.
“[Summer Book Bingo] is for everyone — from the avid reader who wants a fun challenge to the adult who wants to reconnect with reading again,” Misha Stone, a Reader Services librarian at The Seattle Public Library, told the emerald. “Many of us want to read more adventurously or make more time for reading in our busy lives, and every summer this program offers a communal way to make this happen. Readers choose what they want to read based on the categories, and staff are happy to help them find books to try!”
Readers have from May 18 to Sept. 6 to finish and submit their cards to enter a drawing for prizes from the Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL). The card offers a mix of fun, creative categories, while also featuring categories that celebrate the diversity of voices in their collections. This year, some new categories include “Non-Binary/Genderqueer Author or Character” and “Set South of the Equator.” Some other interesting categories are “Outside Your Comfort Zone,” “Banned or Challenged Book,” “Blue Cover,” and “Sci-Fi or Fantasy by a BIPOC Author.”
📸 Featured Image: Summer Book Bingo card illustration by Jorge Villavicencio, a first-generation American who grew up in Washington State with familial roots in Oaxaca, Mexico. You can find Jorge’s murals in San Diego, California, and Everett, Washington. Image courtesy of The Seattle Public Library.
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