2019 Reading Challenge

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We've partnered with WBAL-TV to promote literacy in 2019. Each month, WBAL's on-air personalities will recommend a book they have enjoyed reading from the library’s collection and encourage viewers to stop by a library branch and pick up a book for themselves.

The WBAL team member’s selection, along with a series of similar suggestions (read-alikes) recommended by the library’s Collection Development Department, will be displayed at our 19 branches throughout Baltimore County. New read-alike lists will be posted on our Between the Covers blog each month. 

Read a new book each month and post a photo of your selection on social media with #BWELLREAD to be entered to win a $25 gift card. Don’t forget to make your post public so we can see it!

2019 Booklist

JanuaryJason Newton"Coach Wooden and Me"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
FebruaryTim Tooten"The Underground Railroad"Colson Whitehead
MarchTheo Hayes"Hidden Figures"Margot Lee Shetterly
AprilMindy Basara"John Adams"David McCullough
MayLacee Griffith"Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving—and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity"Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
JuneAndre Hepkins

David Collins
"Burning Down the Haus"

"When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball's Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope"
Tim Mohr

Kevin Cowherd
JulyAshley Hinson"Dear Martin"Nic Stone
AugustJennifer Franciotti"Sharp Objects"Gillian Flynn
SeptemberDeborah Weiner"The Bluest Eye"Toni Morrison
OctoberKai Reed"The Lake House"Kate Morton
NovemberMegan Pringle"Being Mortal"Atul Gawande
DecemberAva Marie"Into Thin Air"Jon Krakauer

Contest Details

To submit your entry, visit Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post or tweet a photo of yourself holding the book the WBAL-TV anchor or reporter suggested, or your choice from the library’s monthly list of “read-alikes,” with #BWELLREAD. Camera-shy participants may post a photograph of the book they’ve chosen.

The photo and hashtag will together be referred to as an "entry." Photos must be in a format compatible with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram file format and size restrictions. Unlimited entries are permitted during the promotion, but only one prize will be awarded per account. Posts must be public or they will not be seen.

Entries must be received by 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the last business day of each month to be eligible for consideration. No correspondence about entries will be entered into, nor will entries be acknowledged as received. If all required information is not included, entry will be disqualified. The library is not responsible for late or incomplete entries.

By entering this promotion, the entrant gives his or her consent for the library to use photo for promotional and marketing purposes.

Two $25 Amazon gifts cards will be given away each month from January through December 2019. Winners will be randomly chosen at 5 p.m. on the last business day of each month.

  • Eligibility: Anyone 18 years of age or older may enter to win. Employees of Baltimore County Public Library and their immediate family (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses or step of each) and household members of such employees are not eligible.
  • Timing: The promotion starts at 9 a.m. ET on January 1, 2019 and ends at 5 p.m. ET on December 31, 2019.
  • Notification: Winners will be notified via social media by the library. Arrangements must be made to pick up gift cards at one of our branches or at the Administrative Offices located at 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204.