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10 to Try

10 to Try Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to read something with 10 to Try, our annual reading challenge!

10 to Try is open to all ages.

10 to Try Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to read something with 10 to Try, our annual reading challenge!

10 to Try is open to all ages.

Share your progress online with #10totry

How it Works

Read all 10 books by December 31, 2020 to earn a finisher button! You can pick up your button via Curbside to Go. Request your button in one of three ways:

  1. Request a button in the “Any special needs for this pick up?” field when making a curbside appointment via myLIBRO.
  2. Request a button in the “Add a note” field when making a curbside appointment online.
  3. Request a button when calling to make a curbside appointment.

Finishers can also enter a drawing for a set of books chosen for you by a librarian! To enter the grand prize drawing:

Email a picture of your bookmark to 10toTry@kcls.org or track your reading at kcls.beanstack.org.

*We are not accepting physical bookmarks this year.

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The Categories

  • Retelling of a fairytale or myth
  • Teaches you a new skill
  • About a journey
  • With a friend
  • About a person you’d like to meet
  • About nature
  • About music or a musician
  • About current events
  • Recommended by KCLS staff
  • By an author whose gender is different from yours

Need ideas or inspiration?

Browse our book picks for the challenge. Check back each month for new recommendations!

Need ideas or inspiration? feed

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 10 to Try is a year-long challenge that asks you to read a book in each of 10 categories, keep track of your reading, and share your favorite discoveries with the library and your fellow readers.

    • The 2020 categories are:
    • Read a Retelling of a Fairytale or Myth
    • Read a Book That Teaches You a New Skill
    • Read a Book About a Journey
    • Read a Book with a Friend
    • Read a Book About a Person You’d Like to Meet
    • Read a Book About Nature
    • Read a Book About Music or a Musician
    • Read a Book About Current Events
    • Read a Book Recommended by KCLS Staff
    • Read a Book by an author whose gender is different from yours
  • There are two ways to join the challenge.

    You may have picked up a paper bookmark at your local library to track your reading.

    Finish a title in every category.

    Request a finisher button during your next Curbside to Go appointment.  

    Send a picture of your bookmark to 10toTry@kcls.org  to be entered in the grand prize drawing.

    Or, you can use our online reading platform, Beanstack.

    Finish the online program.

    Request a finisher button during your next Curbside to Go appointment  . You will automatically be entered in the grand prize drawing.

     

  • Visit our Staff Picks blog for recommendations from library staff. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter, KCLS Reads, for book suggestions delivered to your inbox. Find 10 to Try booklists on the Books page.

  • Yes! This year we’re offering a finisher button to everyone who completes the challenge. You can pick up your button via Curbside to Go. Request your button in one of three ways:

    1. Request a button in the “Any special needs for this pick up?” field when making a curbside appointment via myLIBRO .
    2. Request a button in the “Add a note” field when making a curbside appointment online
    3. Request a button when calling to make a curbside appointment.  

    Finishers can also enter a drawing for a set of books chosen for you by a librarian! To enter the grand prize drawing:

    Email a picture of your bookmark to 10toTry@kcls.org

    or

    Track your reading at kcls.beanstack.org.  

    We are not accepting physical bookmarks this year.

  • Yes! Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate. Need suggestions for young readers? Check our Kids and Teen pages, or talk to your local children's or teen librarian.

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