2015 Library Challenge


Hear me out.

I have to believe that most of you who read Book Journey are in fact lovers of the written word.  A great percentage of you are not only readers, but reviewers and book bloggers such as myself. And quite honestly a library challenge may not be all that appealing to a book reviewer/blogger as we receive so many books for review in the mail that there is no need for a stop at your local library.

Hear me out.

HOWEVER, it would be remiss of me and perhaps you as well – if we did not acknowledge the struggle most of our libraries go through to show their worth in the modern-day of e-readers, and of course the ever-present pull of all things that take people away from reading.

I admit, I am not always the best library user.  I am President of our local Friends group that supports our library, yet I have plenty of books of read at home to read and more coming weekly to my doorstep.


This challenge is also for me.

If we the readers that gush about books on blogs and social media and to our friends can not as well as promote and support our libraries than what are we doing?  Not everyone who reads this blog is a reviewer or has access to the books through an e reader or in some cases have the means to purchase the books they wish to read.  Our local libraries are simply a library card away and a book can be waiting to be enjoyed.

I don’t want to go on and on so basically this challenge will be for you to get to know your local library in 2015.  If like our library, you have access to on-line holds, I suggest you do what I do when browsing blogs or other book sites; have the page open to your library reserve as well and borrow books as you see the awesome ones you wish to read.  I will do it.  Will you do this with me?


I obviously would be thrilled if you went the extra mile and found out what else your library has to offer and shared it on your websites (if you blog).  For instance ours offers computer classes to teach people how to use their computers, IPADS, e-readers and more.  We offer movies and book in the bag so book clubs can check out 10 books at a time.  Anyone that has a start-up post for this challenge that mentions things their own library offers beyond the books will go into a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card (I know I know… that defeats the purpose, but maybe get a book bag if you win to hold all your library books 🙂 )

And of course.. there are fun levels of commitment:

 1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE

6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE

12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE

17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED

23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED

28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!


Check outs count for anything bookish – books, audio, even e-reader book check outs (yes, libraries have these now!).  Go… meet your library again and fall in love.  🙂

And a shameless plug for the Friends Of The Library.  If your library has this group, consider signing up.  It is usually quite inexpensive to be a member and your membership supports your local library.  As book lovers, we are a huge community asset and by sharing our love of books with others we are breathing life into the written word and into our libraries.


Sign up today – write a post and link it here.. I will announce a winner of the gift certificate on January 2nd.  I will also post updates throughout the year to encourage further library exploration.

Write your post and use the link below to connect it.  Now bloggers are welcome to join in as well, let me know of your participation and level in the comments below 😉

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108 thoughts on “2015 Library Challenge

  1. love this – i’m on first name basis with my library and quite often provide recommendations for YA fiction to them – but i’m always up for providing more support 😉

  2. I was at 28+ so I’m a pro! I just applied to be on our library’s board of directors! Eeks I’m kind of scared but excited! Our library does Paws to Read where kids can practice their reading skills by reading to a dog!!

  3. Sheila, your post made me look at my online library account and you’ll be happy to hear that in the past 2 years (since 12/27/12) I’ve checked out 567 items,mostly books, only a few audio and a small bunch of videos, so I’m “Going Pro” automatically lol

    I don’t know if I’ll have to time to write up a post any time soon (have others in the queue), but plan to someday, just not necessarily in time for your encouraging giveaway! GO, libraries!!! 😀

  4. I did do a library challenge last year and got me going there more. However for 2015 definitely going to sign up for yours!

  5. I’ve already signed on for three/ four ( one counts for GoodReads Challenge 2015) but this is a definate no brainer at beyond the highest level. I spend enough time there anyway…..

  6. I’m sad to say that I haven’t actually stepped inside a library since I’ve left high school (around 2007). But I do use my library’s overdrive app, and check out ebooks and audiobooks!
    I’m definitely up for this, I’d love to fall in love with the library again!

  7. I love this! I’m also on the Friends of the Library board at my local branch and I use the library more than a normal human should. Between ebooks, eaudiobooks, audiobooks, books, movies, and book club bundles (ours is called ‘books to go’), I’m pretty sure I could hit your PRO status in a month. I’m not going to formerly participate, but you’ve made me realize I need to do a post about library love. I haven’t done one in a while. Thank you!

  8. I’m signing up and will put up a post soon linking it. I’m not sure what level I will choose yet– sometimes when I go to the library I check out a few, but also wind up buying a stack of used books in the attached Friends of the Library store 🙂 Thanks for recognizing libraries!

    *Sorry, please delete above post from me–wrong facebook address, yikes.

  9. Great idea Sheila! I do exactly as you mention, and reserve many books via the library that catch my eye on various blogs.

  10. What a great idea! I used to visit my local library a lot, but have actually fallen back a bit recently. This is the perfect way to fall in love with my library again. I’m definitely in!

  11. I can’t possibly spend any more time at my library 😉 However, just to give you a little encouragement – historically, the most ardent library supporters have been those who understand the value but don’t actually need them. You fit right in!!

  12. luving the comments in response to your challenge, Sheila – I’m a lifelong library fan, thanks to my mom walking us across town to pick out books as wee kiddos!
    Posted and in at the Pro level – Yes to Library Love and support!

  13. I’ve been trying to reconnect with my local library after spending too much time on Netgalley. This challenge is exactly what I’m looking for in 2015

  14. I do the Library Books Read-A-Thon in June. It would be great if you would be willing to do a guest post this year. I will be joining the challenge in January. I love the library and it saves me so much money so it is totally worth it.

  15. We go to the library once a week but it’s usually for children’s books. I’ve been thinking that I should really utilize my library more and this is the perfect way to do it. I’ve just started getting audio books from them through Overdrive and have been loving it. I’m going to with Intermediate level. Can’t wait!

    1. Forgot to mention that our library also has movies and magazines, ebooks, lots of great programs for all ages, meeting rooms, and an awesome Friends of the Library book sale every year.

  16. This is a great challenge! I would love to see more people using library resources. I work at one of my local libraries. It amazes me how many people simply don’t know what libraries have to offer. Kudos to you for promoting library usage:) I work at a teeny library and even we offer Paws to Read, GED tutoring, Adult literacy, ESL convo clubs, and much more. Books are only one aspect of the spectrum 🙂

  17. My library is my go-to destination for new movie releases on DVD. And I even check out an occasional book although, seriously, I already have enough to read and listen to at home.

  18. I’m a blogger but I don’t do any commissioned reviews. I don’t bother with it, tho I did write a policy if smb would be interested. I’m not, not really. 😛
    This year I’ve joined too many challenges, I won’t finish them all. I’ve overestimated myself. But I can cheat with your challenge. So far 85% of books I’ve read are from library (I tag them on my GR). 😀 I can effortlessly (?) join as a pro, so I join at this level. For some time I want to write about my local libraries in Warsaw, Poland so I’ll kill two birds with one stone. What is Friends of Library?
    I intend to support library with some books, after I do the Christmas cleanup and organise my bookshelves anew. I find it hard to give away any books. 😀

    If you’d like to challenge yourself even more, I invite you to my A to Z challenge around the world (sorted by writer’s country). https://forculturessake.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/around-the-world-a-to-z-2015-reading-challenge/

  19. I’m so glad you’re doing this and pointed me this way…I’m definitely going to be participating (and hopefully in one of the higher levels, I want to aim for at least a book a month!).

  20. Love this post! I began working in a library this past May and can honestly say that while we have some wonderful familiar faces there are sooo many who do not use the library and all it has to offer. It sounds like we have a similar library. We too offer so much beyond books that it really is more of a community center highlighting literature at the core. 🙂

  21. Sheila, thank you so much for hosting this challenge. I love my library and I am already a pro! We have a strong Friends group. They have a huge fund raising event every summer. As a resort community we have oodles of beautiful homes so the Friends sponsor a “cottage” tour of 5 – 10 homes. It is an annual event and extremely popular. I love working th ticket “pick-up” because it is a great chance to meet people.

    I have posted my Linky so I look forward to participation. Thanks again.

  22. We go to the library almost every week but rarely take out any books! it is a great library with a lovely, airy, bright children’s area. They have a small cafe inside, as well as a local-area shop. I’m not sure what else they do – I’m going to look into it.

  23. I’m gonna do the intermediate 12-16 books now that I have my brand new awesome library card. Yep. Also hi, I’m pretty new to the book blogging scene, but since I have read your blog for a while now, I decided to go for it. 🙂

  24. Challenge accepted. I once frequented the library – at least three times a week – and it became too convenient to 1-click from Amazon, as well as too costly. I, too, plan to utilize my local public library more this year.

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