Throughout the month of August, readers are invited to take the “Reading Without Walls Challenge”. Gene Luen Yang, renowned graphic novelist and the Library of Congress’s 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, initiated this challenge to encourage people to read beyond their usual choices.
The challenge is simple. Choose one of the following three options: read a book whose main character “doesn’t look like you or live like you”; read a book “about a topic you don’t know much about”; or read a book “in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.”
Yang was inspired to create this challenge because he has noted, “If you look at our world, we’re becoming so much more diverse in every sense of the word. It’s not just about culture or identity. It’s also about the different ways we communicate. And even the ways in which pictures and words, text and image, interact — we’re seeing these books that are very hard to categorize. All of that is very exciting to me.”
To participate, remove a “brick” from our “wall”, complete the challenge, and use the brick as an entry form for a library-wide drawing. Readers will receive a “Reading Without Walls” button to acknowledge their participation when they turn their completed bricks in at the Adult or Youth Services Desk. Library staff will draw winning entries on Tuesday, September 5 and notify winners by phone or email. Book displays and lists of books to help participants select materials for this challenge will be on display throughout the Library.