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Montgomery County Public Libraries Announces Beast and Blooms Spring Reading Challenges

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has launched the Beasts and Blooms Spring Reading Challenge.  The challenge is open to kids and teens, up to 17 years of age.

Participants can read anything they choose – schoolbooks, ebooks, audiobooks, personal books – it all counts. For every hour of reading, up to eight hours, an online badge is earned.  With the completion of eight hours of reading, participants will receive a tote bag, while supplies last, once MCPL branches reopen. The challenge ends on May 31.

“This is a great opportunity for teens and kids to have fun while reading, whether it’s for recreation or for an assignment,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.

MCPL has many electronic reading resources available to anyone with a library card. Individuals who do not currently have a library card can sign up online for the recently launched Digital Library Card. This gives cardholders immediate access to most online services and resources.

For more information, contact Christine Freeman at


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Release ID: 20-244
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-463-2442

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