With the holidays over and the longer stretch of winter approaching, it's time to "Celebrate Winter" at your local library. Two Harbors and Silver Bay public libraries are participating in the winter reading program. Here's what to expect from each:

More ways to participate at Two Harbors

The two winter reading programs at Two Harbors Public Library started Thursday, Jan. 2. There's a children and teen program, which embraces the Arrowhead Library system theme of "Celebrate Winter," and the adult program, themed "Squirrel Away a Good Book."

"That's a theme we worked together as a staff to create as we thought the generic them was not very exciting," Teen Services Librarian Nicole Anderson said. "We've even got a fun logo with a squirrel hiding behind some books."

New to the adult program this year: Periodicals will count toward total book numbers. Five periodicals, such as newspapers or magazines, will count as one book read — same with reading children's books aloud. In fact, reading books aloud to children will help both the reader and listener, as children can count read-to minutes.

"So even if you have an infant, you can read aloud to them and they can participate in the program," Anderson said.

The children and teen programs remain the same as last year. For every 100 minutes of reading completed, participants may bring their reading log to the library for a small prize and entry into the grand-prize drawing.

There will also be winter-themed programs for children, teens and adults throughout January and February. Visit the Two Harbors Public Library for more details.

Focus on programs, STEM at Silver Bay

The Silver Bay Public Library winter reading program will start Monday, Jan. 13, a little later than Two Harbors. The program has less emphasis on fastidious tracking of minutes, instead encouraging regular check-ins at the library. Children can choose to track either minutes or page numbers.

"Mainly we focus on getting them to come in regularly and letting us know they've been reading," Librarian Julie Billings said. "We don't put as big a focus on volume as we used to, but there are still incentive prizes for reading a certain number of minutes along the way."

Silver Bay also encourages attendance at the weekly winter reading program events throughout January and February.

The first event of the winter reading program will be s'more making on the library patio at 1 p.m. Jan. 17. The events will continue weekly at 1 p.m. until March 6, concluding with the Dr. Seuss birthday program. See the Silver Bay Public Library for more details or to sign up.