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The Canby Public Library has opened its winter reading program, urging participants to read six books for chance at $25 gift card

Will you read 20 books this year? 50? 100?

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby Public Library kicks off its winter reading program Jan. 2, 2020.For the bookworms out there, and those with a New Year's resolution to read more, it's time to set that reading goal. Well, Canby Public Library has a program to help get you started.

"It's something that people are catching onto (setting reading goals), and we just want to help them along and make it fun," said Hanna Hofer, the programming and public relations librarian in Canby.

Thanks to funding from The Friends of the Library, on Jan. 2, the library kicked off its winter reading program for persons 18 and older under the headline, "Let It Snow A Blizzard of Good Books in 2020."

It doesn't often literally pay to read, but in this case, it might as participants have a chance to win one of 12 gift cards from local merchants.

Here's how the program works.

-Pick up a reading log from the library

-Be one of the first 100 to do so and receive a free tote

-Read one book from each of six genres for a total of six books

-Return the reading log by March 16 for a chance to win one of 12 gift cards valued at $25 each from Canby Gifts & Toys, Cutsforth Thriftway, Gwynn's Coffeehouse or Wayward Sandwiches

The six genres are: a book by a Middle Eastern author, a book by a Latin American author, a biography about a person born in 1965 or later, a book about climate change, a book published in 2019 and a book of your choice.

"From the past, we always have this feedback that they appreciate the fact that we're making them read certain categories," Hofer said, "because normally you always stick with the genre you like, and this forces them to try something new. That's the allure of the reading program."

But if the genres sound daunting, the library has a substantial list of book suggestions for each genre, and they've printed them on bookmarks that are available when you pick up your log.

As an example, for a book about climate change, the library suggests several books by "The Handmaid's Tale" Author Margaret Atwood, including "Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood," or "MaddAddam." Other climate change suggestions are "Memory of Water" by Emmi Itaranta and "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - 'Zeitoun' by Dave Eggers is one of the climate change book suggestions for Canby Public Library's winter reading program, funded by The Friends of the Library.

For the biography, the library suggests "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey, "Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter," "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body" by Roxanne Gay and many more.

Join in, and you just might get a gift card for your reading efforts.

Kristen Wohlers
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