Winter Reading Program

Suffolk Reads

Suffolk Reads, our Winter Reading Program, will show how much Suffolk reads inside and outside of the library with a special focus on reading together and building our community through books. 

From January 1st to January 31st, Suffolk Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Mark Cuban from the show Shark Tank. Hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. If we reach the collective goal, "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries to expand access to the resources we offer within the community.

Participants who log books will also be entered into a grand prize drawing. So let's get reading!

Register or log in to participate and track books read here. Paper logs will be available at each SPL location for those who do not wish to log electronically.


We're upping our goal this year! This year, we're challenging our community to read 6,000 books during the month of January.


Group Competition
Suffolk Public Library is participating in a nationwide competition sponsored by Beanstack and Mark Cuban from ABC's Shark Tank. Along with over 100 other libraries and schools, Suffolk will be trying to reach our community reading goal (6,000 books) in classrooms, homes, and in the library. If Suffolk and all the other libraries reach the competition-wide collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books, Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries.

The total prize money available to be unlocked is $35,000. They will have at least seven winners, and likely more. Winners will be determined based upon a few key factors:

  • Outreach: Number of registrants in relation to population size/ number of students enrolled in relation to school size.
  • Active participation: Percentage of those who enrolled who have participated and generally active participation throughout the program (depth of participation).
  • Absolute numbers: Total minutes and/or books logged at the library or school, especially in relationship to total population and then total participants.
  • Community sharing: We appreciate you spreading the love of reading with your community -- virtual and at the library! For those sharing and posting about #WinterRead2019 on social media, they will definitely get "brownie points" this year. 

Individual Competition
Anyone who logs books will be entered once for each book read into a drawing for a grand prize sponsored by the Friends of the Suffolk Public Library.

Register to participate in Suffolk Reads here. Only books logged from January 1 through January 31, 2019 will count towards the competition goal. Paper logs will be available at each SPL location for those who do not wish to log electronically.

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