WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library invites residents to participate in the West Virginia Reads 150 in observance of the state's 150th anniversary.
The year-long reading challenge encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format, including printed and e-books, from any source during 2013, West Virginia's sesquicentennial. Books may be on any topic, fiction or nonfiction - the only requirement is that they be read between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.
People can read 150 books individually or create teams to read 150 books collectively. Teams of up to 15 members can be registered at the Brooke County Public Library. Teams must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by individual team members.
All ages and groups can participate - friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates and seniors citizens. If children are too young to read on their own, kids can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.
The public is invited to a birthday-themed recognition party and prize drawing at the main library at 11 a.m. Dec. 28. Members of each team that meets the goal of 150 books will each get a free drawing ticket. Those who would like to donate a prize for the drawing may contact the Brooke County Public Library at (304) 737-1511. The library is also looking for volunteers ages 12 and up to help promote and run the program and to help at the year-end party.
To register for the program, visit the Brooke County Public Library at 945 Main St., Wellsburg, or 844 Main St., Follansbee, or register online at the WVLC web site, www.librarycommission.wv.gov.
West Virginia Reads 150 is a project of the West Virginia Library Commission and the West Virginia Center for the Book.