Adult Winter Reading Program

The 2021 theme is also the official Missouri Bicentennial theme. We’ll celebrate the 200th anniversary of our state by exploring Missouri-related literature. Whether it is a book set in Missouri, about our state’s history, or written by a Missourian, this program will show the depth and diversity of our state.

The challenge is simple: read 6 books that each fulfill a goal to earn a small participation prize. In addition, all who complete the challenges will be entered into a random drawing for larger mystery prizes. A big thanks to Missouri Council of the Blind’s Library Users Group of Missouri for funding this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program.

The program begins January 2 and closes March 8. Be sure to report your progress by March 15.

You choose what books to read, but we have some suggestions to help you get started.

Thank for participating in our reading challenge. We hope you have fun and enjoy talking with us about your reading!  

Explore the recommended readings list: Missouri 2021: Past. Present. Future.

Drop In Book Clubs:

There will be two Drop-In Book Clubs to discuss Adult Winter Reading Program titles. Unlike a traditional book club, those who chose to participate in these Zoom calls can share anything about any of the books read for the program.

These are scheduled for:

Jan. 21, 2021 at 2 p.m. Feb. 23, 2021 at 2 p.m.

To sign up for these events, call 800-392-2614, e-mail [email protected]or register on Zoom.

Previous Themes:

Below are the available recommended reading lists for previous years. Feel free to explore the themes to find new books to experience! All of the lists are linked to BARD.

2020: American Regionalism

2019: And the Award Goes To...

2018: Read-a-Likes

2017: Passport to Adventure

2016: Thrillers and Killers (Mysteries and True Crime)

2015: The Beginning of Our Great Nation (American History)

2014: Broaden Your Horizon! Read Locally Produced Books

2013: Books Made Into Movies 

2012: Stories from Our Past: American Historical Fiction

2011: Mystery Loves Company

2010: Getting to Know You (Biographies)