Read 2020 Challenge

As we enter a new year and new decade, staff at the Evanston Public Library invite you to join us in a year-long reading challenge: READ 2020.

With this challenge, we hope to move beyond the genres and authors we typically read, explore new territory, get outside of our comfort zones and expand our love of reading to include new voices and stories. We hope you will join us!

Each month we’ll be reading a different genre or format:

January: Books with Fewer than 200 pages | Digital Content
February: Romance | PDF | Digital Content
March: Books in Translation | PDF | Digital Content
April: Poetry | PDF | Digital Content
May: Graphic Novels & Comics | PDF | Digital Content
June (Watch Month): A Non-English Language Film | PDF | Digital Content
July: Beach Reads | PDF | Digital Content
August: Science Fiction & Fantasy | PDF | Digital Content
September: Non-Fiction S.T.E.M. | PDF | Digital Content
October: Horror | PDF | Digital Content
November: Humor | PDF | Digital Content
December: Memoir & Biography | PDF | Digital Content

How to participate:

  • Read a book from our monthly list of suggested titles or choose a book that fits the monthly category on your own.
  • Read 2020 is flexible! Participate in any month that interests or inspires you. No need to register!
  • When you complete a month’s challenge, stop by any library location or fill out this form online to enter for a chance to win a gift card. We’ll choose winners at the end of every month.
  • If you really love the book you read that month, share it with us by writing a Community Picks Review!

Our monthly suggested title lists will be available on the library’s website, social media, in print at each library location and on our READ 2020 book display on the second floor of the Main Library.

Keep an eye out for book reviews, blog posts, and book talk events connected to READ 2020 and, most importantly, have fun!


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.