2021 Winter Reading Program: Reading is a Hoot!

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This reading program is based on what you read!

  • Pygmy Owls are reading Board, Picture, and Early Reader Books.
  • Screech Owls are reading Chapter, +, and Kids Books.
  • Barn Owls are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.
  • Barred Owls are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.

If you would like to submit your reading via a paper form instead of Beanstack you can download and print it here!

The last day to enter books is 5:00 pm on February 26, 2021. The last day to redeem and spend Dragon Dollars is at 5:00 pm on February 28, 2021. There is a small prize store set up in the Rosenberry Lounge. You may redeem your Dragon Dollars from the front desk and shop during Library open hours.

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Q: What is the difference between Barn Owls and Barred Owls?

A: Barn Owls is for readers 18 and younger, and Barred Owls is for readers 18 and older. The Library Staff, aka Snowy Owls, challenge the Barn Owls to read more books than they can! If the Barn Owls beat the Snowy Owls they will get a special treat, where as if the Snowy Owls beat the Barn Owls the Snowy Owls will enjoy some yummy pie. In the past our Teen Services Librarian has been pied twice, drenched with water, and eaten hot sauce when the staff has lost. 


Q: What are Dragon Dollars?

A: Dragon Dollars are our Reading Program currency. As you read books and complete activities you will earn Dragon Dollars that can be spent in our Reading Program Prize Store, or donated to the DeForest Area Needs Network, the Dane County Humane Society, Homeless Action Network of DeForest, and/or the DeForest Area Public Library Endowment Fund.


Q: Who can join your reading program?

A: Everyone! We have a program for all ages and reading levels. If you are reading to your child or new born, you can register them and yourself under the Pygmy Owls program. If you do not live in the DeForest Area you are still welcome to join. Please note that we do not ship prizes so if you would like to claim Dragon Dollars or enter ticket drawings you must be able to come and pick up your prizes, either in the building or curbside. 


Q: I'm an adult reading picture books to my kids, can I still join?

A: Absolutely! Our programs are based on what you are currently reading. If you mainly read picture books to your kid(s) you can join the Pygmy Owls program and if you are mainly reading Chapter books you can join the Screech Owls program. It doesn't matter what age you are as long as you are reading or listening to books.


Q: Do graphic novels or audio books count?

A: YES! Any type of book counts.


Q: If my parent/guardian/sibling and I listen to the same book can we both count it?

A: Yes.


Q: Do the books have to be library books?

A: No. Although we do encourage you to use our library and our digital library, any book you read counts. During our Winter programs you can even count books you are reading in school! If you were given a Summer Reading List, not only can we help you get a copy of your book, you can count that book towards the reading program as well.


Q: Do we have to come into the library to claim our Dragon Dollars and get prizes?

A: We are willing to work with you so you feel comfortable and can still participate in the reading program. If you would like to donate your Dragon Dollars please email Jessica at jsvetlik@deforestlibrary.org.


Q: Can I buy the prizes with real money?

A: No, the prizes in our prize store can only be purchased with Dragon Dollars. The reading program is free and open to everyone so sign up and start entering your reading!