Do you ever reminisce about your summer reading days when you were a kid? Maybe trips to the library to load up on books were a regular part of your weekly (or daily) routine? And maybe you loved tracking what you read and seeing the titles stack up? Well, here’s a chance to relive the glory of summer reading by playing Summer Book Bingo (the grown up version).
Print out a card for yourself, and if you work at a library put a stack out for the readers in your community and you’ll have an instant informal adult summer reading activity Download a PDF to print here. (You can find also find Book Bingo under our “For Book Lovers” tab.)
In Book Bingo, each square on the bingo card is a challenge — read a book by a Washington author, read a book that covers history (historical fiction counts!), read a mystery or thriller, read a memoir or biography (and so on). Get five in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally and you’ve got “bingo.” Meet all 24 bingo square challenges and you’ve got a blackout.
This book bingo card is adapted from one that The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures put out this year for their city-wide adult summer reading program. Their book bingo program, now in its fourth year, provides a way for readers and library staff to easily talk about books — it’s an excellent opportunity for readers advisory, displays, and book lists. Most of all, this activity gets people talk about books and reading.
We hope you’ll give book bingo a try for your patrons. Print a few and see how it goes!
p.s. The Seattle Public Library’s Shelf Talk blog is a great resource for readers advisory for some of these categories. See their posts under their Book Bingo NW 2018 tag.