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Reading challenge and free book festival for book lovers of all ages coming this summer

Reading challenge and free book festival for book lovers of all ages coming this summer


Up for a challenge? 

If you dare to accept, the Columbus Metropolitan Library is challenging kids to explore the written world with their annual Summer Reading Challenge until July 31.

The challenge is open to the public with registration offered individually or as a family. Taking place amongst the library’s 23 locations, participants are given the goal of reading a minimum of 15 minutes daily for 25 days – however reading above and beyond that number is always encouraged.

For every 5 days of reading that is completed, children and their families can receive prizes which can be picked up at any of the library locations before the challenge’s end. Raffles, additional prizes, and daily in-person events will also be present. 

While participation is free, a library card is required for registration. Signing up for a library card is also free and can be done in person or on the library’s website. 


Alongside the Summer Reading Challenge, a free, two-day book festival will also take place July 13-14.

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The festival will be held at their main library location on 96 S. Grant Avenue from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Featuring over 200 national and local authors, the event is geared for book lovers from all communities. 

Panel discussions, authors talks, book sales, an entertainment line-up and local food court will also be available activities at the event. 

Registration for the reading challenge, alongside more information on the book festival can be found on the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s website.

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