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Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's reading activities!

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December 1-January 31, 2023

Calling all youth and adult readers! ‘Tis the season for coziness. Grab a blanket, your fluffy socks and your favorite warm drink or snack! Hop into a reading nook and sink into a good book. 

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Participating in our Winter Reading Challenge is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Go to to register for the Winter Reading Challenge.
  2. Earn virtual badges by reading books and/or logging time. We have age-appropriate reading goals for Birth-2nd Grade3rd-6th GradesTeens and Adults. (Paper logs are also available for each age group.)
  3. Once you have earned the required badges for your age/grade, visit your neighborhood library branch and receive prizes for finishing the program!

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Want to learn about this challenge? Join us for a Learn About Our Winter Reading Challenge (and Beanstack) virtual program on December 1 at 7 p.m. Register

Why Should You Cozy Up With a Good Book? 

Whether it’s emails at work or bedtime stories to our children, reading is an important skill that many of us use every day. While this reading is undoubtedly important, there is another type of reading that we should prioritize in our lives – recreational reading. According to George Mason University, benefits of recreational reading include:

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  1. Managing stress by increasing enjoyment and relaxation.
  2. Improving concentration, working memory and cognitive development.
  3. Expanding vocabulary and knowledge of the world, making readers also better writers and communications.
  4. Developing empathy by improving understanding of ourselves and those who are different from us.

So, this winter cozy up with a good book and read!

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