Get ready for summer by playing Summer Book Bingo, the popular summer reading program for adults co-presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) and The Seattle Public Library! The Book Bingo contest offers a fun and creative way for Seattle readers to expand their reading selections. This year’s bingo card will be unveiled at SAL’s storytelling event with The Moth Mainstage on May 23.


Pick up a Book Bingo card from any location of The Seattle Public Library or print one from or Fill in the card with titles and authors of the books you read from May 23 through September 4, 2018.


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 #BookBingoNW2018 via Facebook (@SeattlePublicLibrary @SeattleArtsAndLectures), Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @SeattlePublicLibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. This contest is for readers ages 18 and up.


Blackout Card
Complete all 25 squares (one square is free) to be entered in the drawing for our grand prize: a library of books by 2018/19 SAL speakers and two tickets to SAL’s entire 2018/19 Season. 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 14 local independent book stores. Winning entries will be selected at random. Prizes may be collected at the Library location of your choice.

Examples of Book Bingo squares include: outside your bubble, finish a book you started and put down, takes place where you were born, by an author of color, an author or character with a disability, and recommended by a young person.

For custom-crafted summer 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.

Founded in 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures is a nonprofit organization that 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, Women You Need to Know, SAL Presents, and a new Journalism Series featuring original talks by internationally renowned writers and thinkers; the Poetry Series, including readings by established and emerging poets; and Writers in the Schools, an award-winning reading and writing program that places professional writers in public elementary, middle, and high schools.