The Mid-Continent Public Library system’s annual Winter Reading Challenge is coming up.

The challenge is to read five books in two months. They don’t have to be library books. The two-month period is Jan. 15 to March 15.

It’s free, and it’s for adults 18 and older. Sign up starting Jan. 15 at

Readers are encouraged to post their progress on social media with #mcplwinterread.

This year’s theme is “Passport to Everywhere,” and library staff has posted suggested books under headings such as “Travel the USA in nonfiction.” The dozens of titles include “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Don’t Make Me Pull Over,” “The State of Bourbon,” “The Last Juror” and “Wuthering Heights” – but the library stresses that any books count.

Those who read five or more books win a coffee mug and are entered in drawings for prizes ranging up to a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Dedication set

The recently renovated Blue Springs South branch at 2220 S. Missouri 7 has been reopened for several weeks. Now a rededication ceremony has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

An open house begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and is to include refreshments, a selfie station and magician Eric Vaughn.

At the Friday and Saturday events, the branch will pass commemorative tokens good to clear – one time – fines and fees up to $10.

Also, a weeklong Blue Springs South Scavenger Hunt begins at Friday’s ceremony. The prize is a $50 gift certificate to the Blue Springs 8 Theatre.