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Public library offering prizes for things like reading a book this winter

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Posted at 6:17 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 11:35:45-05

CINCINNATI — Remember summer reading programs where you would read a certain number of books for the season and get a free pizza? The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries are doing something similar for adults.

The annual Winter Checkout Challenge is back, and this year prizes include a Kindle Fire, passes to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden or a gift card to the public library's online store.

In order to win one of these prizes, people have to check off at least five activities from a list provided by the library. Some of the activities include reading a book, listening to an audiobook and following the public library on social media.

People can get all the things they need to complete the activities on the list from their branch of the public library or online.

Paula Brehm-Heeger, director of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, said the libraries are still open, and they offer curbside services for people if needed. They have also seen an increase in people using their digital services.

"We also, though, have seen a lot of uptick in our digital material with double and triple percent increases in the number of people getting library cards so that they can access our material in print through curbside or drive-thru, but also digital material," Brehm-Heeger said.

The Winter Checkout Challenge has started and goes until the end of February.