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Winter Reading Challenge Program: January 22- March 9 – There’s Snow Better Time to Read

The 2024 Winter Reading Challenge will run from January 22 until March 9 for all ages. Kids under 11 can choose a prize for 250 minutes of reading and 500 minutes. For ages 11-111, every two hours spent reading earns you an entry into our prize drawing! You could win: books, food coupons, gift cards, and more!

Earn entries however you read — whether that be book, e-book, audiobook, newspaper, or magazine. Sign up on READsquared or pick up a paper log in the library.

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1000 Book Before Kindergarten is the beginning of an incredible journey that encourages a child to have a passion for reading at a young age. Setting aside time to read with your child also creates memories and priceless bonding time. Receive a free book when you sign up your child (ages birth – preschool) for this fun, self-paced program at the front desk of the library. Record the books you read, and then you can sign up to attend a graduation ceremony for your child after you read 1,000 books!

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In response to our communities’ needs, Alton, Boyden, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, and Orange City have created a peer-to-peer lending consortium. The consortium authorizes users to directly search other libraries for materials and request these items as easily as if the materials were at their home library. Library card holders from each of these libraries can use their home library card at each location. That means that you only need one card to access six libraries! These six libraries also serve as book drops for each other. Return all your loans to one library and the items are checked in and sent back to the home library for you!

With the Flexshare, you can quickly reserve a material from the participating libraries, and either have the material sent to your home library or pick it up there. To do so:

  • Log in to the library catalog and search for an item.
  • Select “Search other libraries” and designate which ones to search.
  • To reserve an item and have it shipped to the Orange City Public Library, simply select “Reserve this item.” To reserve an item for pickup in another community, click on the library name. This will open the other library’s catalog in a new tab. Log in again and select “Reserve this item.”