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Winter Reading Challenge 2024

Happy Birthday Smokey the Bear


This January, our Winter Reading Challenge celebrates Smokey the Bear’s 80th birthday! A combination of Beanstack challenges and in-person workshops, this year’s contest will feature fire safety tips and important activities to practice at the library and home.

Registration begins on January 3rd and runs through January 31. Grades 3 & 4.

Register on Beanstack.
Bingo Card

Each completed bingo will earn you one entry into the Draw. Return your bingo card to the library by February 29th for a chance to win a Smokey the Bear-themed prize! Grades PreK-2.

Download Bingo Card.
The Story of Smokey the Bear

In 1950, a bear cub took refuge in a tree that became completely charred from a wildfire in New Mexico’s Capitan Mountains. A New Mexico Department of Game and Fish ranger got the cub on a plane to Santa Fe, where his burns were treated and bandaged. News about the little bear spread swiftly throughout New Mexico. Soon, the United Press and Associated Press broadcast his story nationwide, and many people wrote and called, asking about the cub’s recovery. The cub was soon on his way to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., a symbol dedicated to conservation and wildfire prevention.

Smokey the Bear’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover Party

Bring a favorite stuffed animal. Does it have a special talent? Can it sing, dance, or draw? Then, get ready for the talent show! Activities & Games! Tasty Treats! Ages 1 to 8 accompanied by an adult.

Check out Smokey’s Scouts

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) has launched Smokey’s Scouts, a forest-friendly mobile matching game for kids, teens, and adults, in an effort to increase wildfire safety and prevention nationwide. Join the fun today! Available for free download via Apple App Store and Google Play.

Take Your Picture with Smokey and Friends

Stop by the Children’s Room during the month of January and have your picture taken with Bambi and other forest animals. Can you find Ms. Orado and Jiffy in this picture?

Poster from Special Collections, USDA National Agricultural Library

Smokey’s Picks