Winter Reads

Winter Reads

January 1 – February 28, 2021:

Warm up with a good book this winter! Participate in our winter reading programs for adults, kids and t(w)eens in January and February.

Adult Winter Reads: Connecting Threads

‘Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” – Aldous Huxley

Participate in the Adult Reading Challenge

To participate in the reading portion of the program, all you need to do is read or listen to a book (any book). Entries will be drawn for a variety of cool prizes. If you read and ‘stay connected’ with us, we will surprise you at the end of February!

  • Submit an entry using the online form below to be entered into a prize drawing.
  • Prefer a paper entry? Stop into the library for a form or grab a Winter Reads packet during curbside pick-up. Paper entries may be submitted to the desk or returned in an envelope in the book drop.
  • We’re also creating book lists to get you started on your 2021 reading! For a preview of some great nonfiction reads, watch our Winter Reads video.
Pick up an Adult Take & Make Kit

Throughout January and February, we will offer adult take & make kits designed to help us all feel connected through the COVID distance. Look forward to experimenting with cloth, thread, paper, and wood. A new kit will be available about every two weeks during Winter Reads, while supplies last. No registration is needed. Pick up during Express Hours or drive through the ramp during Curbside Pick-Up.

Attend a Program

We have a varied line-up of programs to help you connect to books, authors, nature, and one another. Registration is required for all events to receive meeting link. View our full calendar.

Connect Through BooksJan. 4, | 6:30 PM

How to Start and Continue Conversations on Race, Equity and InclusionJan. 11 | 7:00 PM

Guided Drawing with Oil Pastels with Karen Tan: Jan. 14 | 5:30 PM 

Connect Through Books: Feb. 1 | 6:30 PM

Bird Feeding Fun: Feb. 11 | 6:30 PM

Enhancing Whole Grains and Legumes by SproutingFeb. 22 | 6:30 PM

Pop-Up Winter Reads Book Discussion: Feb. 23 | 6:30 PM

Submit a Book Entry

Enter the titles you’ve read below to be a part of Adult Winter Reads!

Reading Program
Have Questions?

Call Information Services at 651-275-4338 or email splinfo@ci.stillwater.mn.us.

Children & T(w)een Winter Reading Challenge

Read and Log Minutes. Complete Activities and Challenges. Earn Virtual Badges.

Participate in the Youth Reading Challenge

Join us for Stillwater Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge for children and t(w)eens. The challenge runs from January 1 – February 28, 2021. Grab a book for some cool reading this winter!

  • Sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge ONLINE. Registration opens December 21, 2020.
  • We will be using Beanstack, an online tool to track your reading.
    • If you previously enrolled in a reading challenge on Beanstack, log in using the same account information. If you do not remember your account information, select “I forgot my password” to reset your account.
    • If you have never used Beanstack, create an account online or download the Beanstack app. When registering, click on “Register an Individual or Family.” Then create an account and add readers.
  • Log reading minutes from any reading format, from books to audiobooks, or reading aloud with your family.
  • Earn virtual badges for participating. Activity badges are unlocked by completing challenges! Your goal is to earn at least 5 badges by reading, writing book reviews, and learning more about authors.

Happy Winter Reading!

Borrow a Winter Read

Check out our booklist of winter reads. We have picks for kids of all ages.

Stop in for a STEAM Explorer Kit

Stop in during Express Hours to pick up a take-home activity designed to promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Each kit includes instructions, supplies, info bits, and recommended reading suggestions. STEAM Explorer Kits are typically available beginning the first Saturday of the month, while supplies last. January’s kits are Snowflake Discovery (preschool), DIY Chia Pet (grades K-5), and Among Us Mini Figures (tween & teen).

Watch Story Kitchen

Chef Baby Bear will be cooking up a story this winter during Story Kitchen on Wednesdays at 10:15 AM. He invites you to join him (and Miss Kim) online for stories, songs and poems! Each 20-25 minute program will include an appearance by Baby Bear with one additional Storytime element. Story Kitchen will feature an accompanying recipe for kitchen fun at home. Storytimes are posted weekly on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel at 10:15 AM on Wednesdays.

On the first Wednesday of January and February, Baby Bear will be away grocery shopping. Join us on these dates for special guest storytimes.

Need Help Registering or Have Questions?

Call Youth Services at 651-430-8758 or email splys@ci.stillwater.mn.us. If you would like to register your child, we will need name, age, school (optional), and a parent name and email address. If you do not have an email address, please leave your phone number.