Winter Reading and Activity Program
The new year is a time for reflection and reinvigoration. What better way to do that than to cozy up with inspiring books this winter? Winter Reading is a reading and activities program for all ages from Sunday, December 13, 2020 through January 31, 2021.
Log your minutes and complete fun at-home activities exploring the library's online resources. Finish 4 hours of reading (or 4 books for pre-readers) plus 1 activity badge (4 activities) to be entered to win a grand prize.
All participants under 18 years old can receive a free book at any Express Pickup location.
All participants who complete the Winter Learning program have a chance to win a grand prize basket - three per age group. Gift baskets will include:
- Giftcards from one or more of the local San Jose and Bay area retailers listed below (all ages)
- Happy Hollow 4-pack of tickers (Pre-Readers & Readers)
- "Reading nook" pillow, stickers, and/or bookmarks from Fluffed Animals (Pre-Readers through Pre-Teens)
- Learning Blocks (Pre-Readers)
- Additional book prizes (Pre-Readers through Teens)
- SJ Giants and SJ Sharks swag (Readers)
- "Distance Learning"/"Work from Home" comfort pack containing a laptop cushion, Apple earpods, screen wipes (Readers through Adults)
- Pop culture collectibles and toys from Zonkey Toys (Pre-Teens through Adults)
- Gifts from Headliners, Classic Loot, mfthebrand.com, Happy Hooligans (Adults)
Grand Prize Winners
Congrats to our Winner Reading 2020-2021 grand prize winners! Our 15 Winners are being contacted by library staff during February 2021:
Camie, Everest, Gouri, Kanav, Karen, Madisen, Mithresh, Sammy, Shrirang, Tovia, Veronica, Vibha, Woody, Xiang, Yajat.
Stay tuned for more! If you would like to be a participating business please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Reading will include storytelling contests for all ages - a Winter Short Story Contest and a Winter Comic Making Contest. These are San Jose Public Library's first annual winter contests to encourage creative writing and art expression. Submissions will be accepted from December 13, 2020 through January 31, 2021. All California Residents are allow to participate, though prizes will only be available for pick up at one of our San Jose Public Library Locations. Participants are encouraged to enter both contests!
Both Contests require completion of the same Entry and Release Form. If one participant is submitting an entry to both contests, the same Entry and Release Form can be digitally submitted twice.
Prizes awarded in all age categories. Winners of both contests will be announced in Late February, 2021.
Winning Submissions to both the Short Story and Comic Contest will be available as part of San Jose Public Library's Short Edition collection.
All eligible submissions will be archived on San Jose Public Library's BiblioBoard Community Collections page.
Please leave a comment below and a staff member will answer your question.
This contest sounds great! I am an adult wanting to enter a short story. I'm curious: what kind of stories are you looking for, in terms of genre/material/etc.? What is considered appropriate for a general audience? For instance, is a bit of injury okay, or death of a character? How much detail is okay?
Book and Writing Lover
I am interested to enter for this contest, and want to know if this contest only focuses on short stories on the topic of Winter, or any topic in general.
We tried to submit our story through your email: email@example.com. But it was rejected by your email system!
Is this email valid? Can you check your email system?
I want to know if this contest is based on age and if so are kindergartners allowed? Also can you explain the age categories?
I have submitted short story via e-mail.
Do I supposed to receive a confirmation e-mail?