If you have fond childhood memories of summer library programs in which you were rewarded with prizes for reading, then you should take a crack at Denver Public Library's fifth annual Winter of Reading. DPL is inviting adults to achieve literary goals and then enjoy rewards that are decidedly grown-up: coffee mugs, pint glasses, and a chance at winning one of thirty prize packs from Tattered Cover.
The idea for Winter of Reading, according to DPL Communications Manager Chris Henning, really began with nostalgia. “Parents and caregivers loved the reading programs for kids, and they kept telling us that we should really offer something like this for the adults.” So the library did — using Winter of Reading as a chance to publicize 3-D printing labs, the Kanopy movie-streaming service, free e-books and audiobooks available on OverDrive and other offerings. “It’s engaging with the public in a way that’s fun and different,” says Henning.
And adult patrons of DPL have been responding more and more over the years. The program has gained in popularity with each year, capping at 1,300 participants in 2018. Henning expects that number to grow again in 2019. “We have several people who have already completed this year’s program,” he says, only days into the two-month event, which began on January 2 and runs through February 28.
You need only accomplish five of the reading or library tasks listed in the brochure, which can be picked up at any DPL branch, in order to earn prizes. The tasks themselves vary widely, from reading a book published the year you were born to reading a literary translation to finding the Jorge Luis Borges quote in the Central Library itself — the one that’s emblazoned on the mugs and pint glasses. “I had always imagined Paradise as a kind of library,” Borges wrote in his 1960 work Dreamtigers. And with events like DPL’s Winter of Reading, it’s no wonder.
Denver Public Library is holding several events over the winter months to celebrate the Winter of Reading program. Below are some highlights, but a full listing is available on the library's website.
Dixie Krystals’ Literary Lotería
Thursday, January 10, 7 p.m.
2920 Larimer Street
Winter of Reading Kickoff Craft: Hand-Dyed Silk Scarves
Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m.
Bear Valley Branch
5171 West Dartmouth Avenue
Author Visit With Brendan Leonard
Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m.
3201 Walnut St.
Literary Trivia Night
Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
4280 Tennyson Street
Adult Spelling Bee
Thursday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
554 South Broadway
You Can’t Unfriend Everyone: Effective Dialogue with Your Friends and Neighbors
Tuesday, January 22, 6 p.m.
Ross-Cherry Creek Branch
305 Milwaukee Street
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Adult Story Hour and High Tea
Thursday, January 24, 6 p.m.
675 Santa Fe Drive
Winter of Reading Book Cover Lotería
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.
The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
925 West 8th Avenue
The Bookshop Band
Thursday, January 31, 1 p.m.
Central Library, Floor 1
10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway
Get Lit Pop-Up Book Club, John Hickenlooper's The Opposite of Woe
Thursday, January 31, 6:30 p.m.,
Declaration Brewing Company
2030 South Cherokee Street