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December 12, 2022


Nicholas A. Brown

(301) 699-3500 x6241

Wizards and Library Celebrate Reading in Prince George’s County

Largo, Maryland –  The Washington Wizards and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) have teamed up for the third consecutive year to get Prince Georgians of all ages reading this winter with the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge. The challenge is also presented with the DC Public Library (DCPL), Alexandria Library, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL). The free challenge, which includes opportunities to earn prizes–like tickets to a Wizards game, runs from December 12, 2022 – March 31, 2023.  

“As a basketball-loving community, Prince George’s County residents have a fantastic opportunity to connect with the Wizards and library this winter,” said Nicholas A. Brown, Acting Co-CEO of PGCMLS. “The Wizards Winter Reading Challenge provides a great opportunity for families to connect across generations and share a love of reading, all while rooting for the home team.”

To help promote youth literacy across the DMV area, the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge will provide participants the ability to connect with their library while encouraging them to build a positive reading culture. The free challenge can be joined online through Beanstack, a software platform and mobile app that allows readers to easily record their reading minutes, track their progress and stay motivated to complete the challenge.

For each activity completed, participants can earn points toward earning challenge badges. Badges are awarded for four different activity types focused on: reading, fitness fun, program attendance, and connect and share. Those who complete the challenge will be eligible for a variety of prizes, including a raffle entry for tickets to the Wizards’ home game on April 9, 2023, versus the Houston Rockets.

Prince George’s County residents looking to join the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge can register at Customers of neighboring library systems can register through their local library at this LINK or by visiting a participating library’s website: DCPL, Alexandria Library, Fairfax County Library, and MCPL

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve book lovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Learn more at