Introducing 10 to Try!

One of our goals as a library system is to connect readers with great books and broaden our community’s reading horizons. This year, we’re trying something new to reach that goal: a reading challenge!

In 2018, we hope you’ll join us for 10 to Try, a yearlong 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. We also hope you’ll join us for events highlighting authors in some of the categories - stay tuned for more info on author visits as the year goes on!

Here’s how to participate:

  • Pick up a 10 to Try bookmark at your local library, or start a 10 to Try list in your catalog account. Haven’t made a list before? Get details.
  • Record the books you read in each of the 10 categories.
  • All year, find recommendations and author events on the 10 to Try page.
  • Share what you’re reading on social media with #10totry.
  • When you’re done, return the bookmark to your library or email a link to your catalog list to

That’s it! It’s super easy. For details about the rules, see the 10 to Try FAQs at the end of the post.

Reading is the real reward (of course!), but we’re also offering a little something extra. Every reader who turns in a completed bookmark or list will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a pair of tickets to the 2018 Literary Lions gala, the KCLS Foundation’s annual fundraiser. It’s a literary star-studded night and a great chance to mix and mingle with your favorite authors. The 2018 line-up has yet to be announced, but 2017’s keynote speaker is Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, among many other things. Past guests have included Ann Patchett, Tim Egan, J.A. Jance, Greg Bear, Garth Stein, Deb Caletti, and many, many more. One lucky 10 to Try finisher will attend Lit Lions for free, thanks to the generous support of the KCLS Foundation.

And now, without further ado, the 2018 10 to Try Reading Challenge categories!

Read about STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (fiction or nonfiction)
Read a book published since 1942 – Happy Birthday, KCLS!
Read a book by an author of color
Listen to an audiobook
Read a collection of short stories or essays
Read a debut
Read a book recommended by KCLS staff, online or in person
Read a book from a new-to-you genre
Read a graphic novel or comic book
Read a book by a PNW (Pacific Northwest) author

We’ll be blogging about 10 to Try all year, so be sure to follow along and let us know how your reading is going!

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