Winter reading program offers kids a chance to win during their school break

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Anchorage Public Library is hoping to get more kids involved in their Winter Reading Challenge, by offering them a chance to win a Kindle Fire for sharing what they've read over winter break.

"The first year we had about 300 to 400 kids that participated, which is good for a first year," said Elizabeth Nicolai, youth services coordinator with the Anchorage Public Library. "Last year, we were at about 500 to 600 kids. And those 500 to 600 kids read about 1300 books. So most read one or two [books]. We had a couple who read all five that they could enter."

Children and teens, grades K-12 and ages 5 to 18 years-old, can enter their submissions to the Anchorage Public Library Winter Reading Challenge website, by clicking HERE. The last day to enter a submission is on Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. And there will be one winner per location.

According to the Alaska Department of Education Performance Evaluations, in 2017 more than 60 percent of the public school children in the state are reading and writing at, or below, the standards levels.

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Nicolai said that those kids who do choose to read over the winter break, and take part in the challenge, don't have to just pick out a book from the APL.

"Read something for fun," said Nicolai. "It can be a magazine. It can be a graphic novel – a comic book, a book that their teacher never chose. And I don't care if it's a too hard book, or a too easy book. If it's above, or below, their grade. I just want them to read something for fun."