Booking Ahead is Beaverton City Library’s year-long reading program!
Each month, read or listen to a book that fits the monthly theme. Submit an entry for every month you complete to be entered into monthly prize drawings. All entries will also be included in a Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.
JANUARY: Read The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton, our One Book, One Beaverton 2023 selection.
TIP: Join us for related events during the month of January and the author event on Feb. 4. Learn more at BeavertonLibrary.org/1book.
FEBRUARY: Read a thriller or mystery by a Black author.
TIP: Check out this list created by Marin County Library: Cozies, Sleuths and Detectives: Black Authored Mysteries.
APRIL: Celebrate National Library Week! Read a book about books. It could be set in a library / bookstore / publishing house, have an author / librarian / editor as the main character, or feature a main character who loves to read.
TIP: Search online for “Books about books” to get some great ideas.
MAY: Read a book set in the Pacific Northwest.
TIP: Read the Powell's Bookstore article Required Reading: 40 Books Set in the Pacific Northwest to explore some possible titles.
JUNE: Read a book chosen by a celebrity book club.
Don’t forget to sign up for Adult Summer Reading beginning June 1!
JULY: Read a book that has a cover you don’t like.
TIP: This theme is a great excuse to browse through our library stacks to find just the right book with just the wrong cover.
AUGUST: Read a novella (a work of fiction of intermediate length between a short story and a novel).
Tip: Consult the Book Riot article 100 Must-Read Novellas for ideas for this month's theme.
OCTOBER: Read a book that celebrates queer identity (fiction or non-fiction).
TIP: Choose a romance, a biography, a thriller, or a fantasy novel - there are many books that center queer narratives. Ask a library staff person for help with ideas.
NOVEMBER: Listen to a non-fiction audiobook.
TIP: Browse the non-fiction audiobooks on the library shelves, or find a downloadable audiobook using Libby on your device.