Winter Reading Challenge at Lincoln City Libraries

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It's no secret to the people that work for Lincoln City Libraries that Nebraska's capital city is home to a very large contingent of voracious readers.

And last year, they showed the nation as Lincoln finished in the top five out of a hundred American cities in the first annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge.

Vicki Wood is the Youth Services Coordinator for Lincoln City Libraries, "Last year we had a goal we wanted to reach and we reached it in four days so we kept upping our total and upping our total."

Last year, Lincoln readers logged one and a half million minutes of reading during the month of January. Vicki says, "It was a super surprise and it was great to see the community kind of come together behind this."

Nearly 2,500 people signed up last year and this year, Vicki is hoping that even more readers can join together in reaching at least 2.5 million minutes of reading during the month of January. And it doesn't cost you a dime and you can win some nice prizes that include a kindle and a 50 dollar gift certificate.

Last year, Lincoln City Libraries was one of the winning cities to share a $10,000 donation from Mark Cuban. And Lincoln's $1,500 in prize money was used to benefit its "Begin With Books" program, which provides new books to low-income families.

To enroll, visit or your branch library. Booklets for keeping track of your reading time are available. To qualify for the challenge, reading times must be recorded on the Beanstack site by January 31, 2019. Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning. To find out more about the service, visit