Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

bookgroupbuzziconThis summer, The Seattle Public Library partnered with Seattle Arts and Lectures to create a very fun reading program for teens age 16 and over, and adults throughout the city. It’s called Summer Book Bingo!

Participants enter one of two prize pools by either completing their whole card by September 8th or filling out one line for a bookstore gift certificate drawing. You can download the bingo card here if you want to play. Not in Seattle? Adapt this great idea to use at your own library!


The bingo card is a fun way to think about summer reading engagement. It offers different reading categories like genres—poetry and  memoir—but also, new categories like “checked out from the library” and “recommended from a friend.” The Shelf Talk blog will be featuring blog posts for each category throughout the summer to offer suggestions and further reading lists, so check back in to see what we recommend. Librarians system-wide have found that a program like this brings readers to librarians for suggestions both in-person and online. It is great to see a summer program that highlights what library staff have to offer.

What is your library doing this summer? Let us know what you’ve done that really engages patrons!



About the Author:

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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