2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.

We all have one... that book on your to-be-read list that stares you down, year after year. Perhaps it's the length, or subject matter, or even the book's age that keeps you from picking it up out of fear it will be to challenging or uncomfortable. This challenge prompt will allow you to finally check … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read.

2021 Reading Challenge: Listen to an audiobook.

Audiobooks are a great way to fit more reading into your life. Whether you listen while driving, doing chores, or exercising, audiobooks engage your senses and offer a new format to enjoy books. You can listen to audiobooks through our library by checking out books on CD, or by downloading the free Libby app and … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Listen to an audiobook.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a collection of essays or short stories.

If you're in a reading slump, don't have much time to read, or simply want to try out a new format, a collection of essays or short stories may be the perfect challenge for you! These bite-size works of fiction or nonfiction are a great way to get reading in at the end of the … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a collection of essays or short stories.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in a country different than your own.

While your dream vacation or travel plans may have been disrupted by COVID-19, reading is a great way to jet across the globe! These books are set in countries outside of the United States. Choose a book based on a country you'd like to visit, or one that you don't know much about. The possibilities … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in a country different than your own.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book by a Native American/First Nations/Indigenous author.

Did you know that Waterloo, NE sits on Omaha and Otoe (Jiwere) ancestral lands? These books by Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous authors are important stories not only about racial justice, but about joy and magic and the realities of Indigenous life. Native American literature is not a genre itself, but rather enhances every … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book by a Native American/First Nations/Indigenous author.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a memoir by someone you’d like to meet.

Celebrity memoirs are a wonderful way to escape reality and pretend to be great friends with someone you admire. Check out one of these memoirs to fulfill the 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: read a memoir by someone you'd like to meet. A memoir is a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge. PS: Want … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a memoir by someone you’d like to meet.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book published in the decade you were born.

Here are our recommendations for the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: Read a book published in the decade you were born. We invite anyone over age 16 to participate in this year's reading challenge, which means some participants will read books from as recent as the 2000s! Click on the book covers below to access … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book published in the decade you were born.

2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in Nebraska or by a Nebraska author.

Here are our recommendations for the Waterloo 2021 Reading Challenge prompt: Read a book set in Nebraska or by a Nebraska author. Enjoy getting lost in our prairie landscape with one of these excellent picks: Carson Vaughan is a freelance journalist from central Nebraska with a focus on the Great Plains. Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling … Continue reading 2021 Reading Challenge: Read a book set in Nebraska or by a Nebraska author.