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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Botetourt County Celebrates “I Love to Read Month”

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 February is “I Love to Read Month,” and Botetourt County Libraries have a host of activities planned to celebrate the joy of reading.  

From February 5-17, stop by any library branch and take a chance on the library’s Valentine’s Day-themed Blind Date with a Book! Select books will be wrapped so no one can see the title or cover, only a short teaser or hint. Unlike a real blind date, you don’t have to stick around reading it if you don’t hit it off right away. But like blind dates, there’s always the chance that you’ll meet your new best friend (author, genre, etc.). Give it a try!  

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to read more, and the Adult Reading Challenge is a great way to make those goals a reality. Adults 18+ commit to reading 12 books in 2024, tracking their progress with a special bookmark and/or through Beanstack, an app for tracking reading and participating in reading challenges. Earn rewards as you read, including a reading journal, coffee mug, flower seed bookmark, and tote bag.  

Launching in February, the Teen Reading Society encourages tweens and teens to read more and share their reading interests and insights with each other. Members-only meetings start in March, and membership is free to all tweens/teens. Members can log their reading in Beanstack, set their own goals, and earn incentives for the number of books read. There is no required reading list; tweens and teens choose their own books. Stay tuned for more special activities and perks!  

The library also offers monthly themed reading challenges on Beanstack for all ages. February’s theme is Black History Month, and participants are encouraged to explore Black history and Black authors and illustrators in fiction and nonfiction, text, and pictures.  

Who says reading can’t be a social activity? Join in regular reading-related programs, such as monthly book clubs for adults, StoryTimes for preschoolers, and special events like a “Where’s Waldo?” activity time for kids. See the online calendar at bocolibraries.info for details. You can also follow the library on Facebook and Instagram to share your love of reading with other bibliophiles.   

Stumped for what to read next? Request up to 5 personalized reading recommendations from library staff by filling out an online request form at bocolibraries.info > Services > Get Recommendations. Describe what you’re in the mood for and select how you want to receive the list (or just have the items pulled for you to pick up). If you prefer to explore on your own, use the online resource NoveList (bocolibraries.info > Online Resources > NoveList) to find your next favorite read using a wide range of parameters and suggestion lists.  

Whether cozying up in a blanket, traveling with a Kindle, reading bedtime stories to your child, or listening to audiobooks during your morning walk, libraries have you covered. Grab your next read in the format of your choice, whether print, large print, audiobook on CD, ebook, or eaudiobook. With its membership in the Roanoke Valley Libraries consortium, Botetourt County Library cardholders can borrow materials from Roanoke County, Roanoke City, and Salem libraries at no charge, delivered free to any library branch or satellite pickup location.  

This February and beyond, rekindle your love for reading with Botetourt County Libraries!  Find out more at www.bocolibraries.info 

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