Winter has barely set in, and Christmastime is behind us. Now is the time of year when we can start to get antsy as we look ahead to spring.

Northern Lights Library System (NLLS) has themed its winter reading program as the Cabin Fever Reliever—readers of all ages can participate and be entered in a prize draw while enjoying the world of books.

The Winter Reading Program is an annual program that brings children, teens, and adults into local libraries for reading and activities. The program runs during January and February, and participants have the opportunity to win one of the four grand prizes of a $100 gift card from Chapters, with a matching prize for the participant’s home library branch.

Check with your local library for details, and to learn about online services.

Participants log their reading time between January 1 and February 28, and return their logs in person or electronically to their local libraries. Adults and seniors get one draw entry for every seven reading hours they report. The more you read, the more entries you earn.

Books, e-books, magazines, newspapers, books read to kids or family, and audiobooks all count toward the total.

The Bonnyville Municipal Library is one of the NLLS branches participating in the program. Participants there are eligible for prizes from the branch in addition to the NLLS draw. The Bonnyville Library will have prizes for the top local reader in each age category, and a draw for one prize for participants in each age category (one ballot per person).

There’s a prairie saying that the last six months of winter can seem the longest. During these last few winter months, you can beat cabin fever by reading your favourite books, newspapers, and magazines—and if you participate in the NLLS winter reading program, you might also win a prize.