Lewiston Public Library plans to host a North Star Reading Challenge for teens.

Beanstack and the North Star YA (young adult) Award Committee are offering a challenge designed to encourage teens to read for fun, and select a statewide favorite. There are 21 nominees for Maine’s 2021-22 award. Through March 31, the library encourages teens to read as many nominees as they can.

The challenge includes an opportunity to win free copies of the books, vote for this year’s award winner, and be entered into the grand prize raffle. Teen readers ages 13 to 19 can join by signing up on Beanstack at maine.beanstack.org and choosing the Lewiston library as their branch, or by picking up a challenge sheet at the 200 Lisbon St. library, according to a news release from the library.

All registrants will get their choice of one 2021-22 NSYA title to keep, and be able to complete extra challenges to win more free books. At the end of the challenge in April, readers will be entered into a raffle for two $20 Dunkin gift certificates and a grand prize $50 gift certificate to Bullmoose.

To win more free books and for extra entries into the grand prize raffle, teen readers can:

• Submit up to three book reviews of NYSA titles;

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• Create a piece of art (drawing, photo, collage, etc.) about one of the NSYA titles they’ve read; and

• Read at least three NSYA titles and submit their vote for the winning book when voting opens at the library in April.

All books and prizes must be picked up at the library.

The North Star YA Award is a readers’ choice award for Maine’s students in grades nine through 12. To be eligible to vote, students must have read at least three of the nominees. Learn more about the award at northstaryaaward.org, find the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or contact the library at 207-513-3135 or [email protected].

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