Reading Challenge

Des Moines Public Library Reading Challenge 12 Books in 12 Months

  • Choose one book from each of our 12 categories and log your progress online. You can read books and categories in any order - there are no assigned months. Find the categories below.
  • We will offer suggestions, but feel free to choose any book that fits within a category.
  • Books, audiobooks, and eBooks all count.
  • Participants who stay on track (i.e., have read three books in three months, six books in six months, etc.) will be eligible to win quarterly prizes. At the end of each quarter (March, June, September, December), we'll draw three winners. Each winner will receive a $20 Visa gift card.
  • Those who complete the challenge - read a book in each of the 12 categories over the course of the year - will be eligible to win one of our grand prizes: a $150 and a $100 VISA gift card.
  • You can always play catch-up! If you don't register until February, you can still be eligible for the first quarter prize by reading three books by the end of March. If you miss a month, read two books the next month to stay on track. If you don't register until November, you can still read 12 books before the end of 2019 and be eligible for the grand prize.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. An individual that turns 18 over the course of the year may register and begin participating on or after their birthday.

  • The contest begins on December 31.
  • Use our hashtag and let us know what you're reading: #DMPLReads19
  • Join our Facebook group - #DMPLReads19 - and talk about which books you're reading with other challenge participants.

  • Grand Prize #1: $150 in Visa gift cards
  • Grand Prize #2: $100 in Visa gift cards
  • At the end of March, June, September, and December, drawings will take place for three (3) $20 gift cards

Here are printable reading suggestions for each of the categories for the 2019 DMPL Reading Challenge. These books were handpicked by our librarians.

2019 DMPL Reading Challenge Picks

Reading Challenge Blog Entries

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