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2024 Children’s Winter Reading Marathon

Just like marathon runners, good readers consistently practice and challenge themselves! 

Can you complete the reading marathon training program!?

All ages are welcome to participate, including kids who are not yet reading because being read to always counts!

Reading also includes listening to an audiobook.

How it works

To participate, the library will provide an official paper reading log starting Monday 2/12/2024. Stop by the Children’s Department to get one! 

*If you don’t have time to stop by the library at the start of the program, simply record the dates your child reads each week (see below for more information). You can stop by at a later date and fill in the log to claim the drawing tickets.

Kids are challenged to read 4 days during each of the weeks listed below. For every week a child reads 4 days, a librarian will give them 5 tickets to enter into the prize basket drawing (for a total of 20 tickets!). Stop in weekly to claim tickets or claim them by Saturday 3/23/2024.


  1. Week 1 (read 4 days during this week for 5 drawing tickets!)
    Sunday February 18, 2024 – Saturday February 24, 2024
  2. Week 2 (read 4 days during this week for 5 drawing tickets!)
    Sunday February 25, 2024 – Saturday March 2, 2024
  3. Week 3 (read 4 days during this week for 5 drawing tickets!)
    Sunday March 3, 2024 – Saturday March 9, 2024
  4. Week 4 (read 4 days during this week for 5 drawing tickets!)
    Sunday March 10, 2024 – Saturday March 16, 2024

All ages are welcome to participate, including kids who are not yet reading because being read to always counts!

Reading also includes listening to an audiobook.

Prize Drawing Information

  • You must present the reading log on/by Saturday 3/23/2024 to claim your prize tickets and enter them into the drawing baskets.
  • Kids can enter their drawing tickets into any of the three drawing baskets.
  • The prize drawings will be held on Monday 3/25/2024. All winners will be contacted by email on 3/25/2024.

Prize Basket #1

This basket features a giant slime ball, a Lego kit, a Smithsonian puzzle, flarp noise putty, lab putty, and two books!

Prize Basket #2

This basket features a wooden jigsaw puzzle, stuffed bunny, playdough, play-pack, bubbles, activity kit, and two books!

Prize Basket #3

This basket features a jumbo art easel and paint set, a giant gold glitter slime ball, milk & cookies slimy-gloop creation kit, and two books!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up?

Stop by the Children’s Department at the Hopkinton Public Library to get a paper log (starting 2/12/2024). If you don’t have time to stop by the library at the start of the program, simply record the dates your child reads each week (see below for more information). You can stop by at a later date and fill in the log to claim the drawing tickets.

FYI: When signing up, we will ask the child’s name and a caregiver’s email address (so that we can contact drawing winners). We will also ask registrants to circle an age group for each reader (ages 0-5, 6-12, 13-18, 18+). This information helps the librarians better understand the demographics of who is participating.

Can I sign up online?

No. Stop by the Children’s Department at the Hopkinton Public Library. If you don’t have time to stop by the library at the start of the program, simply record the dates your child reads each week (see below for more information). You can stop by at a later date and fill in the log to claim the drawing tickets.

FYI: When signing up, we will ask the child’s name and a caregiver’s email address (so that we can contact drawing winners). We will also ask registrants to circle an age group for each reader (ages 0-5, 6-12, 13-18, 18+). This information helps the librarians better understand the demographics of who is participating.

What should my child read?

Anything! Reading also includes listening to an audiobook. All ages are welcome to participate, including kids who are not yet reading because being read to always counts.

How long should my child read (or be read to)?

Whatever is right for your child. A good target is 20 minutes.

What if my child is not yet reading?

All ages are welcome to participate, including kids who are not yet reading because being read to always counts!

Reading also includes listening to an audiobook.

Is there an online version of the program?
How will I know if my child is a drawing basket winner?

The Children’s librarian will email winners.

Contact Us!

Use the button below to access the staff directory or call 508-497-9777