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Are you ready to explore America? You won't need to pack any bags, put on sunscreen or worry about visiting weird relatives on this trip.  You'll be touring the country one state at a time through books, and you get to choose which states you "travel" to.  

The Explore America Reading Challenge is your chance to visit the 50 states as well as the U.S. territories like Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.  There is a helpful list of books for each state that can be found right here at Watertown Regional Library, but you can read any book about or that happens in one of the states -- just be sure to log the title completely so you can complete each state's mission.

A trip like this is going to take some time, but you won't get bored. As you visit and log each state, you will be earning prizes and raffle entries to win the Grand Prize! 

Begins August 2020 and runs through May 31st, 2021.  Grand prize drawing on June 1st, 2021.

Fun Facts about the United States

  • Mule Service is still used for delivering mail in Arizona. Locals in the town of Supai, in the state of Arizona, receive their mail by mule train. That is because the terrain in the area is too dangerous for motorized delivery. The mules take the mail through the beautiful valley of the Grand Canyon.
  • Ohio was not officially admitted as a state until 1953. Because of a technicality, Ohio was not officially recognized as a state when it first entered the Union in 1803. Members of Congress failed to go through the steps needed for recognition at the time.
  • South Dakota holds the record for the fastest change in temperature. This landmark event happened on January 22, 1943, in the city of Spearfish. At that time the temperature jumped from minus-4 degrees Fahrenheit to 45 degrees above Fahrenheit in just a couple minutes.
  • The tallest mountain in the world is actually located in Hawaii.  It’s called Mauna Kea and it’s located in Hawaii. While it is only 13,796 feet in altitude above sea level, when measured from the seafloor it is over 32,000 feet high, while Mount Everest is 29,028 feet high.
  • The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California.  But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922. 
  • Pensacola, Florida is actually the oldest city in the US. It was settled in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna.


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