Library Winter Reading Challenge began on January 2! Please sign up!

Get perched on reading! Challenge yourself to read more this season with the Winter Reading Challenge at the Great River Regional Library, which features a branch in downtown Belgrade.

"Perched on Reading," the 2024 Winter Reading Challenge began on Monday, January 2, 2024, and runs through Tuesday, February 28.

This challenge provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or older. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have prize drawings for participants. All book lovers need to do is register for the program at a branch library, online at, or on the Beanstack Tracker app.

Readers can log their winter reading either using a log from their library or our tracker app, Beanstack. By downloading and using the app, readers can keep track of their reading, get book recommendations, and earn online badges to help make reading a habit. Count your time spent reading to be eligible for online badges and prizes. Branches will have drawings for special "Perched on Reading" coffee mugs and winter hats at the end of the program.

The library's first Winter Reading program took place in 2004, and participation has increased every year since. Many of the region's libraries now schedule special events to support the program and encourage winter reading.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries and one to-go system in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL2GO is a locker system that allows you to pick up items at the Sartell Community Center. GRRL supplies the residents of Central Minnesota with nearly 1 million books, CDs, DVDs, 250 public computers, and information services. You can find their website at


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