Montgomery County Public Libraries and Washington Wizards Team Up for Youth Reading Challenge

Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Washington Wizards have partnered with the D.C. Public Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Alexandria Library, Arlington Public Library, and Fairfax County Public Library for the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge.

This free challenge is designed for kids and teens ages 3-19 and will run through Wednesday, March 20.

The Wizards Winter Reading Challenge aims to promote youth literacy in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Participants can connect with their local library, earn badges for reading, and join interactive events to cultivate healthy reading habits all year long, according to a county press release.

“It is important to make reading enticing and attractive for children and to keep them reading through their teen years,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “A great way to promote life-long reading is to connect readers with books that capture their attention. I am pleased the Washington Wizards are working with our public libraries to make those connections.”

Participants who finish the challenge can win various prizes available at their local library while supplies last. They will also get entered into a raffle for a chance to win two tickets to the Wizards’ home game on Friday, April 12, against the Chicago Bulls.

“We are thrilled to team up again with the Washington Wizards for the Winter Reading Challenge. The Wizards are an important institution in the DMV area and a big part of life for their many fans,” said Montgomery County Public Libraries Director Anita Vassallo. “This Challenge is a fun way to inspire children, teens and their families to enjoy reading, visit their local library, connect with their community and find different ways to be physically active this winter.” 

Sign up for the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge at or at any of the 21 locations in the Montgomery County Public Libraries system.

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