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Embark on a Literary Journey

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary literary journey through the annals of history? Starting March 1, the Temple Public Library invites you to participate in our exciting new reading challenge: "Read Across Time." Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the past by delving into books from different decades and eras. With each page turned, you'll traverse centuries, explore diverse cultures, and uncover untold stories—all without leaving the comfort of your reading space.

How It Works
Participating in the "Read Across Time" challenge is as easy as picking up a book and diving in. Here is how it works:
  1. Choose a book that takes place in a different decade—whether it's the roaring twenties, the swinging sixties, or any other fascinating era that piques your interest.
  2. Read, explore, and enjoy your chosen book at your own pace.
  3. Track your progress and collect badges by logging your reading in Beanstack, our convenient online platform for tracking reading challenges.
  4. Leave a review of your book in Beanstack to earn an extra badge and share your thoughts with fellow readers.
  5. Enhance our community timeline by adding a sticker representing your chosen book to our timeline display on the 2nd floor. Simply ask a friendly adult services librarian for a sticker, and your book will become a part of our collective literary journey through time.
Time Period Books to Explore
Need some inspiration for your "Read Across Time" adventure? Here is a curated list of books spanning different time periods that you can check out from the Temple Public Library:
Of course! Here's a list of 10 books set in different time periods:

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
Time Period: Early 19th century (Regency era)

"The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas
Time Period: Early 19th century (Napoleonic era)

"The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" by Victor Hugo
Time Period: 15th century (Medieval France)

"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
Time Period: World War II era (1940s France)

"The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
Time Period: 12th century (Medieval England)

"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
Time Period: Early 20th century (Japan)

"Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon
Time Period: 18th century (Scottish Highlands and 20th century Scotland)

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
Time Period: 1960s (Civil Rights era in the southern United States)

"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
 Time Period: 19th century (Antebellum South, United States)

"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzegerald 
Time Period: 20th century (1920's) 

These books offer a diverse range of settings, from ancient times to the modern era, providing readers with captivating glimpses into different periods of history and the lives of those who lived during them.

These are just a few examples of the diverse array of books waiting to transport you across time and space. Whether you are drawn to tales of the past, present, or future, there is something for everyone in our expansive collection.

Join the Adventure
Are you ready to make history with your reading? Do not miss out on the chance to be part of the "Read Across Time" challenge at the Temple Public Library. Pick up your first time-traveling book today, and let the adventure begin! Happy reading, time travelers!

by Natalie Alvara, Director

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