Winter Reading, Dec. 13 - Jan. 31

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/11/2020 - 4:30 PM
Winter Reading Challenge - snow covered town at night

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.

 

Register on Beanstack

Get the App:
Download on the App Store for iOS devices
Get it on Google play (Android App)

Prizes

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 youthmail@sjlibrary.org.

 

Storytelling Contests

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.

Questions?

Please leave a comment below and a staff member will answer your question.

Comments

Submitted by Book and Writi… on Wed, 12/16/2020 - 5:24 PM

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Hello!

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?

Thank you!
Best,
Book and Writing Lover

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Hello Book and Writing Lover! We're so happy to hear you're excited about the contest and we look forward to your short story submission! As far as genre/material/prompt, for this particular contest we are leaving it open and up to the author. Stories from any genre, and about anything, may be submitted as long as it follows the submission guidelines: less than 8000 characters including spaces; fictional and original short story or poem; previously unpublished works; one short story submission per person; and as you asked about, must be suitable for general audiences. The easiest way to explain what we mean by general audiences is to think of it in terms of movie ratings: keep it G or PG rated. If a character dies in the story it's ok as long as it isn't too gruesome or visceral. For example, in The Lion King there was a death, but it wasn't graphic, just sad; in the latest The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe there are battle scenes and people are injured, but there are no blood and guts depicted. Please keep gory/violent/steamy details spare or omit, and language clean. I hope that this clarifies our guidelines for you, but please comment here again if you have further questions.

Submitted by Liliana on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 5:07 PM

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Hi,

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.

Thanks!

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We're so happy to hear you're excited about the contest and we look forward to your short story submission! As far as genre/material/prompt, for this particular contest we are leaving it open and up to the author. Stories from any genre, and about anything, may be submitted as long as it follows the submission guidelines: less than 8000 characters including spaces; fictional and original short story or poem; previously unpublished works; one short story submission per person; and as you asked about, must be suitable for general audiences. More information here https://www.sjpl.org/winter-writing

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 12:12 PM

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Hello, I was wondering if there's a way to italicize on my Short Edition submission? Thank you!

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have let Short Edition know it's not currently possible to copy and paste italicized text into the submission platform and hope this will be resolved shortly. You may instead submit your entry by emailing it, as well as the entry form, as attachments to shortstories@sjlibrary.org. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience!

Submitted by Jenny Lin on Sun, 01/03/2021 - 4:08 PM

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Hi,
We tried to submit our story through your email: shortstories@sjlibrary.org. But it was rejected by your email system!
Is this email valid? Can you check your email system?
Thank you

Submitted by Indu on Fri, 01/08/2021 - 8:57 PM

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Hello,
I want to know if this contest is based on age and if so are kindergartners allowed? Also can you explain the age categories?
Thank you

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Yes! This program is for all ages! We have 5 categories Pre-Readers - birth to age 5 years old, Readers - age 5- 10 yrs, Pre-Teens 10- 12 yrs, Teens 12- 18, Adults - 18 yrs and older. If your child is is in one overlapping ages (5, 10, 12) you can decide which program level is best suited for them. The goal for Pre-Readers is to read 4 books with activities, while for all the other ages the reading goal is to read for 4 hours with activities. You enter your child's age at the signup process. Let me know if you have further questions.

Submitted by Bear on Fri, 01/22/2021 - 10:05 AM

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Hi.
I have submitted short story via e-mail.
Do I supposed to receive a confirmation e-mail?

Thanks!

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 01/31/2021 - 10:41 PM

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Does the story HAVE to be less than 8,000 words because the requirements states “may” and not must. Will I be disqualified for writing over 8,000?

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