NORFOLK, Neb. -- A northeast Nebraska library is helping readers pass the Winter in a unique way.

The Norfolk Public Library is holding its annual Winter Reading Challenge.

This is the third year the library has held the event.

"At the beginning of the year, you can always find different reading challenges online and it sounded fun to do one of our own," said Anneka Ramirez, patron services supervisor. "It's a fun way to pass the cold, dark days of winter."

Participants are required to read 10 books over the course of winter ranging in different categories.

Some categories include a book or novel about an animal, a graphic novel of any genre, or listening to an audiobook.

Completing five of the books will reward you with a prize pack and a $5 gift card.

Completing all 10 will get you a prize pack, a free book, and you will be entered into a drawing for a t-shirt.

Ramirez added that the contest is a great way for readers to experience new kinds of books or novels they normally wouldn't read.

"Sometimes we get into this reading rut of I've read all of my favorite author, now what else can I read? I think it opens up the possibility of what there is to read," she said. "You read things you normally wouldn't pick up on your own and I think that is really valuable."

The challenge ends on March 13 and the last day to sign up is Feb. 6.

You can visit this link to register.