2020 Farmingdale Public Library Reading Challenge

Join our 2020 Reading Challenge!

Welcome to the Farmingdale Public Library’s Reading Challenge for 2020. Want to read more? Try new authors and genres? Learn new things? This challenge is for you!

Join the Challenge

From January 8, 2020-December 7, 2020, we’re challenging you to read one book from each of our 12 categories. That gives you four weeks per book. Sounds too easy? There’s also an advanced challenge with 24 categories.
To register, stop by the Reference Desk with your Farmingdale Public Library card and let the librarian know which challenge you would like to take.
Keep track of what you’ve read on your 2020 Reading Challenge log. Once completed, hand it in at the Reference Desk and you’ll receive your certificate and raffle tickets.

Share your Accomplishments

Keep us posted on your progress by stopping by the Reference Desk and filling out a Reading Challenge accomplishment form! We’ll post your accomplishments to our Facebook page. We’d love to know how you’re doing in the challenge.

Each form will become a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize at the end of our challenge.

Get Inspired

If you need inspiration, talk to one of our librarians. They will be happy to share their picks for the different categories. We also have a staff picks display located on the wall by the Reference Desk and book displays throughout the library for you to browse.

Win Prizes

As an added incentive, at the end of the challenge, we’ll be raffling off prizes to those who have completed the Basic 2020 Reading Challenge. If you complete the Advanced 2020 Reading Challenge you will be entered into an additional raffle for another chance to win a prize.

Raffles are open to all individuals who have completed one of the 2020 Reading Challenges and have a valid Farmingdale Public Library card. Winners will be announced on December 10, 2020. All winners must take a picture with their prizes.

Reading Challenge Lists

Throughout the year, we’ll be adding more lists with recommendations from staff for specific challenge categories. Here are the lists:

Books into Movies

Books Set in New York

Books Published in 2019

Books with a Number in the Title

Books You Should Have Read in School

Celebrity Biographies

Debut Novels

Past Farmingdale Reads


Who can participate in the challenge and prize drawings?

The challenge is for anyone who is interested in reading more.

To be eligible for the raffles, you will need to have a valid Farmingdale Public Library card and must complete the challenge (don’t have a card yet? Here’s how to get one).

Do I have to read books from the library?

You can buy, borrow from friends, read from the library, raid your personal collection… any source of books is fair game.

How should I track the books I’m reading?

To keep track of the books you have read, please use your 2020 Reading Challenge log.

I prefer audiobooks. Do those count?

Absolutely. If you prefer your books in audio format, you’re welcome to listen to books for the challenge too.

I read a book that can fit into two of the categories on the challenge. Can I use it for both?

Nice try, but each book can only be used for a single challenge category.