By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
To celebrate the state of West Virginia having its 150th birthday this year, libraries across the state are participating in a statewide challenge to read 150 books in 2013.
The challenge is called WV Reads 150. Libraries in the Marion County Public Library System are participating in the competition. It began on Jan.1 and ends Dec. 31.
The reading challenge is sponsored by the West Virginia Library Commission.
Michelle Ross, virtual branch manage for MCPLS, said the competition is open to all ages of the public. You don’t have to be a library patron but are encouraged to because you can check out books instead of buying them, and library cards are free.