Challenge #4: BACK TO SCHOOL!

School is back!

Sometimes school doesn’t seem fun. But being with friends and doing new things IS fun, and those are a lot of the things we do at school.

And here’s the coolest part: the more you learn, the more fun things you can do! Whether that’s learning a sport or a game, or how to make cool things, or reading stories or learning about animals or any of a ton of things!

So for September’s challenge, I would like you to tell me what you are most excited about learning this year. It doesn’t have to be a thing you learn at school, though it can be.

Every kid who writes up a paragraph on what they are most excited about learning this year and delivers it to me before September 30th will get a pop-it notebook!

CLOSED Challenge #3: EASTER

Pysanky Easter eggs from Ukraine

Do you like the Easter eggs in that picture? They are pretty amazing! They are a type of Easter egg traditionally made in Ukraine called pysanky or pysanka. You can learn more about them, including how to make them, here.

Lots of people traditionally celebrate Easter, which commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, by decorating eggs. One explanation for why we decorate eggs is because the egg symbolizes new life (since baby chicks come from eggs), just like the new life we can have because of Christ’s resurrection.

There are a lot of problems in Ukraine right now, so a lot of people over there might be having trouble finding hope. Making pretty eggs may not seem important. So to show that we support them and to help them find hope again, let’s make some pysanky eggs! You can use the instructions in the link I gave above, or you can use a clear or white crayon and regular dyes if those materials seem hard to find.

If you live around here, show me the eggs you make. Every kid who does this before Easter (April 17th 2022) will get a prize!

CLOSED Challenge #2 (HALLOWEEN!)

Good stories make us feel things. Some people like to be SCARED, especially at this time of year!

For this challenge, you don’t even need to write things down. All you have to do is, when you are trick-or-treating, come trick-or-treating to my door. I will give you your regular treat no matter what (I usually give away toys instead of candy), BUT if you also tell me you are doing the challenge and tell me a scary story, you get an EXTRA treat! It can even be a really short story!

CLOSED Challenge #1!

We’re just starting out, so I will make this one easy. ☻

Tell me about your favorite story.

I do prefer that you do it in writing if you can, at least 1 paragraph. You can even grab a Dr. Seuss pencil from the library to write it if you want. Tell me why you like that story, and what makes it special!

Every kid who does this and gets their entry to me before the end of October 11th will get a PRIZE!!!

How do you submit an entry? Easy! write it on a piece of paper and bring it to me. I live right there in the house behind the library (to the left, the gray-ish house). Come to the front door (please don’t step on the bushes or flowers!) and ring the doorbell to give me your entry and get your prize. If I’m not home, try later, because I’m home most of the time.

If you have questions, use the contact form here or knock on the door to ask me!

Are you ready for a CHALLENGE?!


This isn’t just about reading. This is also about finding the FUN in reading. A lot of that is just about finding books that you like, but sometimes it’s easy to get stuck.

So every couple of weeks, I’m going to put a challenge on the blackboard of the Kids’ book section. Kids (and anyone who wants to do it) who finish the challenge by Saturday evening of that week and bring me the results will get a prize or a treat!

If you don’t want to check the library every day for new challenges, you can come to this site and click the ‘Challenge’ link at the top for updates!

If you have ideas for challenges, use the form on the right to send your ideas to me.