Summer Reading Bingo Challenge for teens and adults
Thursday, June 1 - Thursday, August 31, 2023
Read more with Ohio State this summer!
Our summer reading challenge is back by popular demand!
Participants will receive an official bingo board, which is designed to help you expand your reading selections, read more, and learn about Ohio State! Each square on the bingo board will feature a genre or descriptor. You’ll earn raffle entries for each completed bingo “line” (diagonal, horizontal, and vertical). At the end of the summer, 100+ selected winners will win exclusive an Ohio State prizes of their choice!
This program is intended for adults or young adults with at least a high school reading level. Know a younger child who wants to participate? Check out Brutus’ Summer Reading Challenge for Kids.
June 1–August 31
Check out our frequently asked questions below to learn more!
How does the challenge work?
Participants will receive an exclusive bingo board with various book genres and descriptors. Once you have finished reading a book, you can mark off up to two squares on your board. Each completed line (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) will earn one raffle entry, for a total of 12 possible raffle entries.
When does the reading challenge start and end?
The reading challenge starts on June 1, 2023 and ends on August 31, 2023. Participants can continue to join throughout the summer. Books should be started and completed during this time, in order to count on your board.
Can I use one book for multiple squares on my bingo board?
You may pick up to two squares per book. For instance, if you read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, you could mark off “Young adult novel” and “Book adapted into a TV series or movie.”
Who can participate?
Anyone (alumni, faculty, staff, donors and fans) is welcome to participate! This challenge is designed for adults or young adults with at least a high school reading level.
How does this differ from the Alumni Book Club?
The Ohio State Alumni Book Club is a free, virtual book club. It was started in 2018 to help alumni and friends connect and discuss books in an online platform. It is managed by Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru. The Ohio State Alumni Book Club reads one book every two months. Learn more or join here!
How do I submit my board?
You can submit your board electronically, via mail or on Instagram. More information will be sent to participants.
How can I connect with other participants?
We encourage you to join our Facebook page to connect with other participants and share book recommendations and tips! We’ll also post reminders about submitting your progress.
How can I earn additional raffle tickets?
You will earn one additional entry for each friend you refer (max 5) and one entry for sharing our post about the reading challenge on your Instagram story or Facebook page. Be sure to tag us!
What are the prizes?
Winners will be able to choose from a selection of Ohio State prizes including blankets, apparel, pint glasses and more!
When is the prize drawing? How will winners be notified?
The prize drawing will be held on September 8, 2023. Winners will be notified via email. Prizes will be mailed to the address submitted during registration, unless otherwise requested.
Do you have a reading challenge for kids?
Yes! Please check out Brutus’ Summer Reading Challenge for kids page for more information.
This program has sold out and registration is now closed.
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