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January 12, 2024

Winter Reading Program 2024

Hamilton East Public Library’s annual Winter Reading Program runs from February 1-29, 2024. Download the Beanstack app or click here to get started. Patrons with an existing Beanstack account can simply log in to join the challenge. Pre-registration starts on January 12th.

Hamilton County, Indiana will experience one of the greatest natural phenomena that can occur in our skies – a total solar eclipse – on Monday, April 8, 2024. Our county will be in the path of totality, which means we will see the sun 100% eclipsed by the moon!

This February, go on a reading adventure to prepare for the solar eclipse and earn a FREE pair of eclipse glasses! Log pages, review books, and complete activities to earn a Bingo! Earn badges in a line (row, column, or diagonally) to unlock your Bingo badge!

Readers of all ages who log pages, write reviews, and complete activities on the Bingo card will earn e-tickets into prize drawings for a variety of e-gift cards. E-tickets can be earned with every badge you complete. Earn one pair of eclipse viewing glasses when you get your first Bingo! Cover your card to earn additional e-tickets.

E-tickets are your chance to win e-gift cards to a variety of retailers. Glasses are limited to one pair per person and can be picked up at any public service desk at either HEPL location. Drawings will be held on March 4, 2023, and winners will be contacted via email or phone. Two winners will be chosen randomly per gift card option.

Reading Tracker Bookmarks

Download one of three HEPL bookmarks to keep track of your reading list during our Winter Reading Program and throughout the year!

Bookshelf Bookmark

Stack of Books Bookmark

Star Rating Bookmark

Winter Reading Program Booklists


Moon’s First Friends by Susanna Leonard Hill

Pluto Gets the Call by Adam Rex

The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything: The Story of Maria Mitchell by Laura Alary, illus. by Ellen Rooney

Grace Needs Space! by Benjamin Wilgus

Sadiq and the Desert Star by Siman Nurrali


Last Days on Mars by Kevin Emerson (Middle School)

The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (Middle School)

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (High School)

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (High School)

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (High School)


The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars by Avi Loeb

The Last Stargazers : The Enduring Story of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers by Emily Levesque