Get ready for summer by playing Book Bingo, The Seattle Public Library's popular summer reading program for adults! The fifth year of this city-wide challenge is co-presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) and The Seattle Public Library.

Book Bingo offers a fun and creative way for Seattle readers to expand their reading selections. Each square on the bingo card presents a reading challenge, where you read and record a book title that fits the challenge.

This year's bingo card will be unveiled Tuesday, May 14 at SAL’s Literary Arts Series event featuring Tayari Jones, author of "An American Marriage," at Benaroya Hall.


Beginning May 15, pick up a Book Bingo card from any location of The Seattle Public Library or print one from Cards will also be available at an author event at the Central Library on May 22 featuring Karen Russell, author of "Orange World and Other Stories."

Once you have a card, fill it in with titles of the books you read from May 15 through Sept. 3, 2019. Want to get a head start? Here’s a sneak peek at some 2019 squares:

  • True crime or crime fiction
  • DIY books (do-it-yourself guides)
  • A book set in summer


When you’ve marked out an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the completed Book Bingo card to any Library location or mail it to SAL, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2019 via Facebook (@SeattlePublicLibrary @SeattleArtsAndLectures), Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @SeattlePublicLibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. This contest is for readers ages 18 and up.


Blackout Card

Complete all 25 squares to be entered in the drawing for one of three grand prizes of tickets to 2019/20 SAL events. Blackout cards will also be automatically entered in the bingo drawing (see below).


Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a gift card from one of Seattle’s independent bookstores. Winning entries will be selected at random. Prizes may be collected at the Library location of your choice. Prizes include gift cards to Elliott Bay Book Company, Madison Books, Phinney Books, Queen Anne Book Company, Ravenna Third Place Books, Secret Garden Books, Seward Park Third Place Books and University Book Store.

What to read next?

For custom-crafted reading recommendations, visit a Library branch or fill out a brief form at One of Seattle’s expert librarians will recommend a personalized list of five books.

You can also check the hashtag #BookBingoNW2019 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get ideas from fellow readers.

Partnership info

Founded in 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the Puget Sound region. SAL's programs include the Literary Arts Series, Journalism Series, Women You Need to Know, Poetry Series, Hinge, SAL Presents, and Writers in the Schools, an award-winning reading and writing program that places professional writers in public elementary, middle and high schools.