Read City USA Oceans of Possibilities - illustration of an octopus with children reading on tentacles
Mayor Jacobs' 2022 reading voyage challenges our community to read one million hours together.

This year we'll complete three small reading challenges (see schedule below) to meet our million-hour goal. By participating in one, or all three challenges, you demonstrate to our community that you value literacy.

Anchors Aweigh!

Library map of illustrated constellations; cover of map features Anchors Aweigh shipJanuary 11-April 30
We kick off our reading voyage with the Anchor's Aweigh! Challenge. Pick up a map at any library location to get started. Track your reading time on your map, online, or download the Beanstack Tracker app

For every 5 hours you read in this challenge, earn a sticker badge for your map. Aim for just 20 minutes a day and read (or listen to) anything you want! When you’ve read 45 hours, pick up your prize at any library location by April 30. 

Anchors Aweigh! Resources


Participants earn one sea-worthy prize for each challenge completed (up to three total). Styles may vary; available while supplies last.

Listeners & tots sample plush sea creature prizes, including clown fish, jellyfish, shark, and crabListeners and Tots collect one mini plush sea creature in each reading challenge. Choose one from 20 assorted styles.

Kids & tweens sample colorful building block turtleKids & Tweens select a miniature build-your-own aquatic creature for each challenge. Choose from a shark, orca, or turtle. Ages 4+ only.

Teens & Adults sample stainless steel travel mug, nylon tote bag, and telescoping strawTeens & Adults help Read City read one million hours and help save the oceans with reusables! Collect a telescopic straw set, foldaway shopping tote, and stainless travel mug. One per challenge.

Reading challenge schedule

This year, in order to meet our million-hour reading goal, we'll complete three reading challenges. 

  • Challenge #1 - Anchors Aweigh! 
    Read 45 hours
    January 11–April 30
  • Challenge #2 - Dive In Deep
    Read 30 hours
    May 21–August 7
  • Challenge #3 - Sailing Home
    Read 45 hours
    September 1–December 15

Read City USA

Led by Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, READ CITY USA is a collaborative initiative of Knox County Government, Knox County Public Library, Knox County Schools, and other community organizations to help all children, regardless of their socio-economic background, learn to read early and well, thereby reaching their full potential in school and in life.