December 6, 2021

Cozy up and read!

Beat the chill and build some skills with library’s Winter Reading Challenge

Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) encourages children to cozy up and read for pleasure this winter. The library's 12-week Winter Reading Challenge runs Dec. 6, 2021 through Feb. 28, 2022. The program includes age-appropriate reading goals for children from birth to pre-K (Read to Me) and children in grades K-5 (Youth) and also features activities and incentives based on the children's book, "Dragons Love Tacos." Children may read any books they want to participate in the challenge.

"Cuddling and reading with a caregiver is great bonding time, plus it helps young children build school-readiness skills," said Katie Cerqua, programming and community outreach manager for VBPL. "Reading helps school-age children increase vocabulary and expand their knowledge of the world," said Cerqua. "It's important for children to read for fun and pursue their interests – library staff are always happy to help them find their next favorite book."

Upon registering for the Winter Reading Challenge, children receive a dragon scale to place on a dragon display in their local branch. For each week of recorded reading, children will earn an electronic badge and be encouraged to visit the library to add a sticker to their dragon scale. At the end of the challenge, all dragon scales with at least 10 stickers will be entered into a drawing for a stuffed character from the "Dragons Love Tacos" book series (one per branch).

For details and to register your child for the Winter Reading Challenge, visit

About Virginia Beach Public Library
A community anchor for more than 60 years, Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries, a public law library, and community outreach vehicles including a Bookmobile. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, local history archives, services for those with visual, physical or reading disabilities, and free programs for all ages. In addition to books, music, magazines and video in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections, including take-home technology. Visit for more information.

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