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Your challenge responses will be posted on the blog or in the library with the creator listed as your username so you can remain anonymous if desired.

Any challenge can be completed any time throughout the summer.  This page will be updated with all the challenge information as it is released.  3 new challenges will be posted every Monday.

Send an e-mail to MuehlPublic [at] gmail [dot] com                                                  Please list the challenge number as the subject heading, and in the body of the e-mail list your username and challenge response.

You can also complete a challenge response by hitting reply underneath the post. Be sure that you put your user name. This is a great way for you to be able to interact immediately and perfectly acceptable! Thank you!

All challenges are worth 1 point. There are random ways to gain double challenge points especially if you help with the BURGER FEST PARADE float or ride on the BURGER FEST PARADE float. Extra point opportunities will be posted on this blog so be sure to read carefully!

Earn at least 10 points to be guaranteed a prize when challenge prizes are awarded at the end of the program.  Top scorers will receive the biggest prizes.



  1. Sign-up for the program.

Fill out a sheet at the library and then your username will be added to this blog so that you can participate.

  1. Read a book from the 2016 Teens’ Top 10 Nominations List put together by YALSA.

Submit: Book title and author, your personal rating (whatever system you want: grades, stars…), and a brief review.  A few sentences will suffice, but feel free to write more.

  1. Take a photograph that represents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” to you.

Submit: E-mail the photograph as an attachment (shrink it down so the file size isn’t huge).  State the title of your photograph. Make sure to sign your name and/or username.

4. Who is a famous athlete you admire and why?

This summer’s theme is about all kinds of HEALTH. Athletes are physically fit!

Submit: Please tell me about a famous athlete (living or dead) who you admire and why.

For example, I have always admired Muhammad Ali. He was rigorous about being fit his whole life. But when he was a boxer he trained very very hard so that he could be very very successful. Part of that training was to have a positive mental picture of WINNING. Out of the ring, he was a kind and gentle soul who did a lot of good for humanity. When he suffered from Parkinson’s disease later in his life he fought that with strength, also. He became a spokesperson and role model for living with the disease in a dignified and upbeat manner.

5. It is strawberry picking time!


Please research and submit the health benefits of eating strawberries!

gallery-1432664914-strawberry-facts16Exercising our brains!


Please submit a brain teaser or brain puzzler of any kind that can get people using their brains! We will make these available around the library for patrons to stretch themselves even though it is summer!

7. It’s Polka Time! And this Challenge is worth 5 points. 

Pintsize Polkas will be at the library on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. Earn 5 points by coming to the show. To sweeten the deal (!) earn 5 points for every person you are able to bring to the show. It is going to be fun! This picture is from the last time this show was at the library, in 2011.


8. Thinking about our mental health

Research from two sources please, one a book and one online. What can people do when they are on the brink of losing their temper to calm down? Key word search might be “anger management” or “managing emotions”. Please submit the ideas that you learn from your research. Thank you! (This is a very important issue so there will be an individual page on the blog with the results on it.)

9. Using Infosoup/Overdrive

Do a search in Overdrive for an digital book–an ebook or an audiobook. Even if you don’t check it out, make a copy of the record and submit it.

10.10 negative calorie foods are: almonds, apples, berries, celery, citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, and nightshades. Submit: Find or create a recipe that includes at least TWO of them.

11. 10 fat-burning condiments and spices are: Cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric, mustard, horseradish, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cardamom, and cumin. Submit: Which one of these have you tasted and do you like it or not?

12.10 proteins are: Beef (lean cuts), chicken, clams, crabmeat, eggs, flounder, mussels, shrimp, tuna and turkey. Submit: Which of these do you have in your diet? How do you like it prepared?

*I got the ideas for challenges 10, 11, and 12 from a book I am reading called The Negative Calorie Diet by Rocco Dispirito. This book promotes healthy eating for healthy living!

13. Study Matt Tavares! He is the illustrator of much of the artwork for this year’s summer reading theme, ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, READ! Submit: a short bio about Matt and list at least one of the books that he has illustrated. Summer reading is a wonderful time to showcase the talents of authors AND illustrators.

14. Did you know that is the National Parks Centennial? It is wonderful that we have had 100 years of National Parks as places to visit for our overall health.

Go to and look around. Submit: Tell me one thing that you did not know before about our National Parks but learned by visiting this site. Thank you.

15. 8f92ee3cfe42a4a03ab692e7e58be113Make your own Emoji Recommend…poster. Use at least three books! Get their book covers and then add your emojis! You can use books that were “just alright” if you want or even books that you did not like. Just add the appropriate emoji. Fun! Submit: Emoji Recommend…poster.

16. Create a picture like this with a sibling or yourself or a friend!! I like this kind of tribute to nature! Submit:  Please submit the jpeg to


17. Participating in your community is a way to stay healthy! Submit: tell me a place you have been together with other people this summer, local or not, where you were joined with other people for a common cause even if the cause was just having FUN!

Examples: going to the Farmer’s Market, going to the museum, going to Music in the Park, going to the drive-in movie, or make up your own!

18. Cigarettes are bad for you! Tell me one thing that cigarettes do that is bad for you. Additionally, please tell me where you got your information.

19. Charles Nagreen was the original Hamburger Charlie and he invented the hamburger at the Outagamie County Fair. Write a paragraph about Hamburger Charlie. (Hint: use this website for research: Submit:  Please submit your paragraph to or use the comment feature on this blog.

20. What is your favorite fair ride and why? Submit:  Please submit your answer to or use the comment feature on this blog.

21. Coloring is trendy but so what? It is fun and relaxing. For this challenge, run off the FAIR WEEK pdf and color it. Please submit it (with your name on the back) to the BLOG BOX in the foyer of the library.

22. Pokemon Go! has been in the news a lot lately. But I would like to hear about how it is going in other countries where it has been launched. Submit: information you find out about the current event of Pokemon Go! abroad.

23. Goals for August. Summer vacation is starting to wind down. What are some of your goals before going back to school? Submit: Tell me what you would like to get done prior to returning to school. And if it is doing more challenges for this blog, that is just great!

24. Rory Gilmore reading challenge. Rory Gilmore was a TV character on a show called The Gilmore Girls. Look over the list and tell me if you have read any of the books OR which books you would like to try.

Rory Gilmore reading challenge

Submit: Any of the books you have read off the list OR which ones make you interested in reading them.

25. See front page.

26. August 15 is Independence Day in India. Submit: The history of India’s Independence Day.

27. What movie did you watch this summer that was based on a book?  Submit:  Please submit the title and the author and the publication date. Then tell me how many years between the time the book was published and the time that the movie came out!

28. A bucket list is a wish list of things you would like to do before you “hit the bucket”. Submit: What is one thing on your bucket list OR that you would put on a bucket list.



73 thoughts on “Challenges

  1. For challenge six, I have a puzzle: If Pinocchio says his nose will grow immediately, what will happen. (And, yes, if he lies his nose will grow.)

  2. For number five, I admire Kacy Catanzaro from American Ninja Warrior. Most of the “ninjas” there are male, but she fought the stereotype and became the first woman to ever qualify for the finals course. Over the two years that followed, she failed on the qualifying courses. Even though she has had many putdowns, she comes back every year and pushes herself to do the best she can.

  3. Here are the top 5 reasons strawberries are good for you:
    1. They give you half of your daily vitamin C per serving, which boosts your immunity
    2. They help your eyes with powerful antioxidants
    3. They help fight cancer with a phytochemical called ellagic acid, which has been shown to resist cancer.
    4.The Vitamin C also helps you lose wrinkles, making you look younger by slowing the two primary factors that develop wrinkles.
    5.They lower your cholesterol by using phytochemicals.

  4. Challenge number 4: I admire Aaron Rodgers because he is always on the field playing his best and leading his team to success and driving the team forward with complements and cheering his teammates on when they are not doing their best or when they are not on the same page. That is why I admire him.

  5. I have used Overdrive many times recently one of the books I attempted to check out was When. I wasn’t able to check it out from overdrive though.

  6. 5 Resons why strawberries are good for you

    Nutrient Rich

    Lots of antioxidants

    Tons Heath Benifts

    Has natural sugar

    Helps eye Heath

  7. Brain Teaser

    The day before the day before yesterday is three days after Saturday. What day is it?

    Possible answers: Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.

  8. For number 10,
    I like to make a salad with lettuce, cucumbers,pickles, and/or peppers.
    For 11,
    I have tried horseradish, and I actually love it! It has a perfect texture and just the right amount of spice but not an overload like most people say. At least in my opinion.
    For #12,
    I like to start my day off with scrambled eggs. I am the only one in my family who doesn’t eat omelets like everyone else, so I always make mine a bit different from experimentation. I found that I like it with a lot of milk and two eggs cooled until just slightly brown.

  9. I considered checking out Maximum Ride from Overdrive, however I am not a fan of E-audiobooks or audiobooks as opposed to actually reading the book. Is it possible for the library to request to buy OverDrive books? Otherwise I can get the actual copy.

  10. Challenge 11
    I have tried cinnamon before and it is very good. But it’s bitter just plain
    Challenge 12
    In my diet I have a lot of eggs we have eggs almost every day for breakfast. I enjoy them scrambled. Also I have chicken in my diet fairly often.

  11. Challenge 10
    Berry Almond crumble
    8 cups mixed fresh berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries
    1 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
    2 to 3 Tbsp granulated sugar, depending upon sweetness of berries
    1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    Crumble Topping:
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    A pinch of salt
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1/2 cup finely chopped almonds.

    1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl put berries and mix with tapioca, sugar and lemon zest. (Without tapioca, crumble will be very runny.) Set aside.
    2 Make the topping by whisking together the flour, sugars, spices and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the melted butter and almonds until coarse crumbs form.
    3 Pour the filling into a 9-inch square or round pan (do not grease first). Using your fingers, form topping mixture into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch crumbs and spread over cake. Bake until filling bubbles and topping is light golden, about 45-55 minutes. Let cool at least half an hour. Serve warm.

  12. Challenge 20

    My favorite fair ride is the Ali Baba. I like it because it is exciting but not to the point that you throw up.

  13. My favorite fair ride is the Ferris wheel because you can see the whole fair when you’re at the top. Unfortunately, I don’t get to ride it very often as everyone else in my family is scared of heights.

  14. Challenge 14
    I learned that the US is making three new coins for the celebration of national parks.

    Challenge 23
    A goal of mine is a list that I have been working on since summer started. Some of the things include Catch fireflies and go to the fair. I got my Inspiration for the list out of the book since u been gone. The book is about a girl who’s best friend disappears leaving nothing behind but a list that must be completed by the end of the summer.
    P.S. its a really good book!!

  15. Number four who is your favorite athlete and why do you admire them. My favorite athlete is Gabby Douglas,because she over came many obstacles in life, also she perceived through many hard events. She inspires me the do my best everyday.

  16. Number 13, for Mark Tavares, He grew up in Boston. Hi smother read to him a lot and he grew to love reading. After earning an art major at Bates College, he decided to try to make his own picture book, Sebastian’s Ball, which, after much revision and edits, became Zachary’s Ball. Since then, he has published 15 more books and won several awards.

  17. For number 18, Cigarettes are bad for you because they create buildup in your lungs, which causes lung cancer. When you smoke cigarettes, your risk of cancer increases from 1 in 17 to 1 in 9.

    I learned this information in school, where we did a smoking unit in Guidance.

  18. For number 19, Charlie Nagreen was born in Hortonville, Wi, 1870, where he lived out his childhood. At age of 15 he moved to Seymour to sell meatballs. After he realized that people didn’t want to spend time to sit down and eat, that they wanted to finish seeing the displays, he figured that, by smashing meatballs between two pieces of bread, people could eat on the go. This was the first Hamburger.

  19. For number 20, I really don’t go on rides at the fair, I go to see the animals. I guess that, from looking at it, is the one that has bumper cars, though I am not sure what they called it.

  20. For number 22, I have heard that Pokemon GO has been so successful that groups of people have organized trips to different countries just to find more pokemon.

  21. For challenge 27, I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone. The book was published on Jul 30th, 1997, while the movie was published November 4, 2001.

  22. For number 28, One thing I would like to do before I “hit the bucket” is play messy twister. Messy twister is twister with a twist: each colored dot has paint / shaving cream on it, so it gets really messy really fast!!

  23. Challege 18

    Cigarettes are bad for you because they contain something called nicotine. Nicotine sends messages to the brain causing you to become more addicted. But that’s not all nicotine can do. Other affects include-decreased appetite, increased intestine activity, increased saliva production, increased blood pressure, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, and stimulation of memory. I gt my information from

  24. challenge 27

    A movie that I watched based on a book was the jungle book. It was published in 1894 the author is Rudyard Kipling. The movie was made in 2016 so the time difference would be 122 years!

    challenge 24
    would like to read
    Have read Alice in wonderland
    adventurers of Huck Finn babe
    Charlotte web life of pi
    Anne frank snow white and the red rose
    goblet of fire story of my life Helen Keller
    sorcerers stone
    how the Grinch stole Christmas
    little women

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