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Welcome to Liverpool Public Library

Reader's Challenge Reading Club for Adults

Our Reader's Challenge is ending and we are no longer taking new registrations.
Current Reader's Challenge participants may still update their logs.


The Reader’s Challenge is an offshoot and a continuation of The 23 Books Challenge that was launched in 2005. Building on the popularity of The 23 Books Challenge, the library hopes to continue its momentum with The Reader’s Challenge. The Reader’s Challenge concept is simple: readers just do what they normally do—read—and keep a log of their progress. Participants may maintain paper logs provided by the library and/or a password-protected online log accessible through www.lpl.org.

Upon reaching specified thresholds, prizes will be awarded. The first prize, which is reached at 23 Books, is a free 23 Books t-shirt. For all other thresholds (set at 56 Books and 99 Books), the prize is a free novelty—make that NOVELty—LPL chocolate bar and a coupon booklet with five one-dollar coupons, redeemable at library used book sales. Coupons may also be used to purchase books that are continually on sale in the library building.

About 600 people have registered to work towards the free 23 Books shirt, but the Friends of Liverpool Public Library cannot continue bearing the cost of additional t-shirts after the first threshold of 23 Books is reached. Avid readers will have the option of buying the t-shirt that corresponds with each of the next two thresholds of 56 and 99 books. Shirts may be purchased for $10 and are available in adult sizes S through 2X. Purchasing the shirt is optional.

-- Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

-- Participants must register in advance. If you have already registered for the original 23 Books and are working toward or have completed your goal, you do not need to register again. Continue to use your existing online log. New registrations must be done online in the library or from home via the library’s Web site www.lpl.org. Librarians will be happy to register library visitors who need assistance! After registering, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to pick up a Personal Reading Log in which to record the books you read. If you register from home, pick up your Personal Reading Log when you come to the library.

-- Participants who have successfully completed or are currently participating in the 23 Books Challenge will NOT have to start from the beginning. They will continue adding to their existing reading log that was established for the original 23 Books.

-- Participants will maintain reading logs provided by the library. Paper reading logs are available for each threshold—23 Books (numbered 1-23), 56 Books (numbered 24-56), and 99 Books (numbered 57-99). In each paper log, readers will record the title of each book read and the date it was completed. Readers can also maintain an online record of their reading if they wish. Your password-protected online reading log will be kept confidential.

-- Works of fiction or nonfiction may be counted. Audiobooks also qualify. They must be adult or young adult (teen) items. Children’s books may not be counted.

-- All items must have been checked out from Liverpool Public Library. Books that come from other public libraries in the Onondaga County Public Library System may be counted. Books that you own may not.

-- You may only log books that have been completed after registering. Books read prior to registration do not count.

-- All books must be read within five years of registering for The Reader’s Challenge.

-- Upon reaching a prize threshold, present your reading log to the Circulation Desk and receive your prize. You may keep your paper reading logs as a souvenirs. The prize for reaching the first threshold of 23 Books is a free t-shirt. As readers reach thresholds 56 and 99 they will be rewarded with a free chocolate bar and coupons to library book sales. They have the option of purchasing the corresponding t-shirt for $10. Limit: one shirt per registrant.

 WHY 23, 56 AND 99?
The prize thresholds set at 23, 56, and 99 correspond to the jersey numbers of three sports figures. In order, they are basketball legend Michael Jordan, New York Giants great Lawrence Taylor, and hockey’s amazing Wayne Gretzky.

NOTE: Your online record will help the library anticipate t-shirt orders. It can also be    used to help you re-create your reading record should you lose any of your paper Personal Reading Logs.