Hey, book lovers: Join Suzanne Tobias for a #ReadICT book talk Saturday

Introducing the 2019 #ReadICT Challenge

Suzanne Tobias explains the third annual #ReadICT Challenge, a partnership with the Wichita Public Library.
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Suzanne Tobias explains the third annual #ReadICT Challenge, a partnership with the Wichita Public Library.

Wichita’s blooming gardens and springtime temperatures have me hankering to get outside, find a shady spot, and settle into a good novel — or take a walk while listening to a great audiobook.

If you’re in the same mood, join me this weekend for a #ReadICT book talk and swap.

On Saturday morning — 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. Second St. — I’ll be talking books and sharing recommendations for the 12 categories in this year’s #ReadICT Challenge.

If you’re not familiar with the #ReadICT Challenge, it’s The Eagle’s annual challenge to expand your horizons by reading books from a dozen different categories — everything from “a book with a face on the cover” to “a book recommended by a child or teen” — over the course of the calendar year.

During Saturday’s book talk, librarian Noelle Barrick and I will discuss books we’ve read — or want to read — that fulfill the various challenge categories, and we’ll welcome participants to share some of their favorite titles as well.

Have some books you want to purge from your home library? Bring them along, and we’ll have a swap. Then we’ll donate any leftovers to the Friends of the Wichita Public Library.

We’re excited to continue our partnership with the library, where you can not only check out books, e-books or audiobooks to complete the challenge but also track your progress online at At year’s end, anyone who has completed the 2019 challenge and logged their books on the library’s site will be eligible for prizes.

Suzanne Perez Tobias, who has covered news in Wichita for nearly 30 years, writes editorials and opinion columns for The Eagle. An avid reader, she also oversees The Eagle’s books coverage and coordinates the annual #ReadICT Challenge. She can be reached at 316-268-6567.