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Teen Summer Reading- Bingo Card Challenge & Poetry Contest

Area teens can take advantage of two opportunities to read, write, and enter to win prizes at all branch libraries of Portage County District Library this summer.

Portage County District Library (PCDL) is holding a poetry contest for all area teens. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate by writing a poem- of any style- describing their feelings and experiences regarding the Coronavirus pandemic or about the recent protests over racial injustice in our country.

Poems, which may appear on the PCDL’s Facebook page under the “Notes” section, must be emailed to by Monday, August 17 to be eligible. Participants are reminded to include their name and contact information with their entries.

The author of the winning poem will receive the book, Smash Poetry Journal: 125 Writing Ideas for Inspiration and Self Exploration by Robert Lee Brower.

To view poetry contest submissions, visit:


The Teen Reading Bingo Card below (in PDF format) can be downloaded, and youths who “make a bingo” by completing five challenges in a row will be entered in a prize drawing for a small prize.  Those who complete all the challenges on the card will win a larger prize (check your preferred branch library for details).

Teens can submit their completed Bingo cards, or ones that they have "made a Bingo" on,  by mail, fax or by placing the card in an envelope and depositing it in the library's book drop.


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