Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ray Dale

Challenge calendars encourage readers to broaden literary horizons

Literary Junction
Most of you probably already know that 1918 was the year the cornerstone was laid for the Big Horn County Library, which means we have entered into our centennial year.
A new year is a great time to reflect on what’s happened in history and it’s also a good time to commit one’s self to trying something new. I’m not talking about doing something that is completely out of your comfort zone, just something you haven’t done yet. It might even be an activity you’ve been meaning to do for a while and just never got around to it.
To start the New Year and get into the swing of celebrating our centennial, we once again have our challenge calendars. Many of you will remember these from last year. They are 2018 calendars in the center of a poster with challenges for reading all around the outside perimeter.
There are at least 50 different challenges on the calendars and you can decide for yourself which ones to tackle. The challenges themselves are simply ideas for different kinds of books to read. They include: a book with a female protagonist, a book about poetry, a book a friend recommended, a book about a United States first lady, a science fiction book, a book you can finish fairly quickly, a book about non-human characters and more.
The whole idea behind the calendar and the challenges is to give us ideas for broadening our horizons. You may find you like a genre of book you never would have thought of reading before.
There are two different calendars to choose from: one for adults and one for children. The calendars also are completely free.
This is the first activity we will be having this year as a celebration of our centennial. I also would like to remind everyone that author Tracie Peterson will be here April 12 to help us celebrate as well.
Be sure to put that date on your calendar at home, then come in to the Big Horn County Library to pick up a challenge calendar.