Book Bingo


Book Bingo is a year long self-directed reading challenge for adults with opportunities for prizes. Each square represents a different category chosen by the Bangor Public Library staff and participants will fill appropriate squares as they read books throughout the year. Book titles can be used only once per Bingo card.

How do I get one of these Book Bingo cards?

You can download a copy of the 2024 Book Bingo card here or pick one up at the library. You may also call reference at 947-8336 x125 if you need one mailed to you.

How do I find books for these categories? 

Fear not, readers! The BPL staff is here to help you find books that suit your taste. Call us 947-8336 x125, email us at, or visit us at the Reference Desk for assistance. We have also created book lists to help you.

How to Play: 

  • Keep track of the books you read in 2024 and write the title and author in the matching square

  • A title can only be used once on the Bingo card

  • Our booklists are for inspiration, but you need not read only from our lists.

Does it matter what format I read? 

Nope. Physical books, e-books, audiobooks, or e-audiobooks can be used to complete the challenge.

How do I win?

  • BINGO: Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line! You’ll get 1 entry for a $25.00 Gift Card to The Briar Patch per Bingo completed. Four $25.00 gift cards will be awarded.

  • Blackout: Complete all 25 squares and you’ll also be entered in a drawing for the Grand Prize, a $100 Gift Card to The Briar Patch.

  • Books must be read between 1/1/24 and 12/31/24.

Return your Bingo card (or a copy) by January 11, 2025:

  • Email: snap a picture and send it to

  • Mail: Bangor Public Library ATTN: Reference 145 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04401

  • Book Drop: Place card in an envelope with ATTN: Reference

Fine Print: One Bingo card per person. One prize per person. Prizes will be drawn the week of 1/27/25. Prize winners must have a Bangor Public Library card (Free to Maine residents) in good standing. BPL staff and households are ineligible to win prizes.