What is winter reading all about?

The Winter Reading Program is an online reading program for adults! The program runs from January 22 – March 22, 2019. This year’s theme is “Explore New Worlds”. The goal of the program is to foster a love of reading and promote the value of adult literacy. We are also collaborating with the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office to offer a paper version of the program in an effort to encourage literacy among adults experiencing incarceration.

How do I signup?

Beginning January 22, 2018 sign up at https://winter.mcldaz.org or at your MCLD library!

How does it work?

You can earn points, unlock badges, and win prizes. Get ten points for every book you add to your reading log. Challenge yourself to log one book each week for a chance to win awesome weekly drawing prizes! Earn points by February 22nd for a chance to win tickets and a suite for a Spring Training game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Earn 100 points by the end of the program, for a chance to win a grand prize of a Kindle Fire or a one-year membership for two to the Arizona Science Center.

Do I need a Library Card to participate?

No, you do not need a Library Card to participate. When you register, it will ask you to choose a Library Branch and this is where you will pick up any drawing prizes that you win so choose one close to home. Though you do not need a Library Card to participate, any Maricopa County resident, business owner, or property owner can get a Library Card for free by visiting one of our libraries in person. You’ll need photo identification, and proof of Maricopa County or Town of Queen Creek residence, business ownership, or property ownership.

What are digital badges?

Badges are in-game marks of achievement. They can be earned by entering books into your reading log or completing challenges.

How do I change my Avatar?

Once you have logged into your account, you can click on the “Select an avatar” icon on the left of your screen. You can use the arrows on the right and left to choose one of the Winter Reading Ambassadors as your avatar. Once you are happy with it, click “Select Avatar.”

How do I add family members to my account?

From your main page, click on “My Profile” on the menu bar. Click “Household,” then “Add Household Member.”

How do I log my reading?

The reading log is located in the center of your dashboard. Enter the title and author (optional) of the book you have read and click “I read a book”, or simply click the “I read a book” button.

What do you do with my info?

The library will never share your personal information—privacy and confidentiality is essential to the Winter Reading Program and us. We will only use your name and contact info to alert you about important winter reading updates or if you won a prize.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Once you are logged in, click the Mail icon at the top of the screen. Click “Write a message” to ask your question.