Monday, November 23, 2020 - 4:45pm

Winter Reading: Blizzard Bingo

Northbrook Public Library’s Winter Reading returns Tuesday, December 1, featuring Blizzard Bingo, a new way for people of all ages to engage with the annual reading program. The program runs through the end of January.

Blizzard Bingo encourages participants to complete a wide range of fun challenges. For example, adult participants can complete a bingo square by using Mango Languages to practice a new language. Kids can complete a square by drawing a new cover for a book, and teens can complete a square by writing a short story. Just like regular bingo, a player can win a game by completing a row of squares.

Participants who prefer the library’s more traditional Winter Reading format also have the choice to read for an hour to complete any of the squares.

The library included youth and adult Blizzard Bingo cards in their more recent newsletter, which was mailed to Northbrook residents in late October. Blizzard Bingo cards are also available to print from home at

Since the building is currently closed to the public, the library has made sure that Blizzard Bingo can be easily played from home. Reading and activities can be logged online or using the READsquared app.  For those who prefer to track their progress on the paper bingo card, there is also an option to sign up and track programs via phone.

New Prize Boxes Support Local Businesses

The library will add prizes to each participant’s prize box for completed games of bingo. This year’s prizes include a Book Bin gift card for adults and a free book for kids, as well as a chance to win a gift card from a local restaurant. Players who fill up their whole bingo card will earn a special knit hat featuring the Northbrook Public Library logo!

To help support local businesses, the library is purchasing gift cards from The Book Bin and local restaurants to give away as prizes. Fiction & Media Manager, Maggie Thomann explains, “We felt it was important to support Northbrook businesses as much as possible, and Winter Reading gives us a great opportunity to do that.”

About Winter Reading

Winter Reading is open to all ages and will be available from December 1 – January 31. The program is designed to encourage a lifelong love of reading and engaging with books.

Learn more at or call 847-272-6224. Signup begins Tuesday, December 1 at 9:00am, and a library card is not required to participate.

This event is cosponsored by the Friends of the Library.