Snuggle up: Library offers winter reading program

ESCANABA – The Escanaba Public Library is giving book lovers another reason to curl up with a good read this winter, thanks to the Hot Reads for Cold Nights winter reading program.

The program, which started Jan. 15 and will continue until March 1, is the first winter reading program the library has hosted. It is also the first program for both teens and adults. For the program, teens are considered to be readers between the ages of 12 and 17. Adults readers are readers age 18 and older.

“We’ve never done a winter reading program before. We usually do a summer reading club for kids,” said Carolyn Stacey, library director.

After a participant finishes a book, they need to visit the library and fill out a short slip with their contact information, the title of the book, and the book’s author. The slips are placed into boxes – one box for adults and one box for teens – and drawings are held every Friday for the duration of the program.

Adult readers are eligible to win Hot Reads for Cold Nights mugs and hot chocolate every week. The winner of the grand prize drawing, held March 1, will receive a “Book Lover’s Bag.” The bag contains a $25 gift certificate to Canterbury Bookstore, a book light, a ceramic hand-warmer mug, a plush fleece throw, a soy candle, Michigan Cherry Coffee, and a milk chocolate “Yooper” bar.

“It’s supposed to be a kind of cozy regional treats about the theme,” said Stacey.

Teen readers can win a $5 gift card to Subway in each weekly drawing. The grand prize for teen readers is a Kindle Fire.

Participants are not limited by an assigned reading list. Any book, ebook, or audiobook is acceptable.

“I said to somebody the other day, whether they’d like to read their books from a computer screen, or hold their books in their had, or listen to a book – any of those formats work. We’ve got all of them,” said Stacey.

Readers are encouraged to review the books they read. Anyone who reviews a book and posts their review at the library or on the library’s facebook page receives a second entry into the drawings.

“What makes this one a little different is that we’re trying to encourage an interactive element,” said Stacey. “A good way for people to get good ideas for reading is by word of mouth, so we want people to make recommendations to each other for what to read and what not to read.”

Local merchants have also decided to get involved in the program by giving discounts to readers. Readers will receive a 10 percent discount at Supply Sergeant, a 10 percent discount on art supplies at Svilands, and a 25 percent discount at Canterbury Bookstore.

Last summer around 200 adults were involved in the library’s summer reading program, and response for the Hot Reads for Cold Nights program has been good.

“People seem to be responding. People are looking for any type of stimulation they can get during the winter and we have lots to offer here,” said Stacey.

More information about the winter reading program is available at or by calling 789-7333.