CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Can you read 150 books in a year? That's what the Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Library Commission, the West Virginia Center for the Book and other libraries and bookstores across the state are asking bookworms this year.
In 2013, West Virginia will have its sesquicentennial birthday. (That's 150 years!) To celebrate that and encourage reading, the West Virginia Reads 150 challenge was created.
As the name implies, it challenges readers to complete 150 books this year. You can go it alone if you're feeling ambitious, but you don't have to. Teams of up to 15 people of all ages are allowed.
Any book, e-book or audiobook read between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 counts. While the library is, of course, a great source for reading material, your books do not have to come from there.
FlipSide is taking the challenge. We've got a 10-member team in place, and in the February issue of FlipSide magazine, which comes out Feb. 7, some of them will review a few of the books they've read so far.
Team members are Lauren Campbell of Horace Mann Middle School, Samira Shahbandy of George Washington High School, Chelsea Shamblin of Poca High School, Ronni Lynn Wood and Tessarae Thompson of Scott High School, Jessica Johnston of Valley High School, Katherine Burgess and Katherine Snyder of Winfield High School, home study student Nicholas Ransbottom and editor Amy Robinson.
Won't you join us in the challenge?Find out more at any KCPL branch or www.kanawhalibrary.org.