2020 APL Reading Challenge – A Book Set at Sea

The 2020 reading challenges are here!

This year, we’re welcoming back the Everyone Has Read it Except Me challenge. We also introduced a new reading challenge with twelve separate categories to help you read throughout the year. You can choose to complete one or both challenges – there’s no right or wrong way to read!

Each month, we will highlight books in one of the categories. These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

We’re escaping the cold winter weather this month by reading a book set at the sea! 

Featured below are eighteen fiction and non-fiction books set at sea that are sure to provide enough adventure and escapism to warm even the coldest winter day.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
Golden Buddha by Clive Cussler
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
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Free Language Learning with Mango Languages

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Mango languages is a fun, interactive, and free way to learn over 70 languages! With each lesson, Mango includes critical thinking and memory-building exercises, grammar and culture notes, voice comparison, pronunciation practice, and vocabulary building all with a focus on language construction and conversation. Mango adapts to your learning style making language learning fun and easy!

Discover courses in over 70 languages including:



How much does Mango Languages cost?

It’s free with your Kansas State Library card!


I don’t have a Kansas State Library card. How do I get one?

Sign up in person at any Kansas library. You will need your driver’s license (with a current address or a piece of mail with your current address) and an email address. Kansas State Library cards are good for three years and can be renewed in person at any Kansas library.


Does Mango Languages have a mobile app?

Yes! The Mango Languages app is available for Android, iOS, and Fire tablets.

Download the Mango Languages app in your device’s app store, create an account, and when asked to subscribe, select “Find Mango” at the bottom of the page and search for Andover Public Library in Kansas. When prompted for your library card number, enter your Kansas State Library card number.


If I have fines at APL, can I still use Mango?

Yes! Even if you have fines at APL, you can still use Mango Languages and the Mango Languages apps with your Kansas State Library card.


Do I have to be at the library to use it?

No! With the Mango mobile app, you can take language learning on the go.


How does Mango Languages work?

Check out the video above for a quick introduction to Mango Languages. See more on Mango’s website and find more tutorials and videos on their YouTube page.


How do I create an account?

Desktop: On the Mango homepage, click Sign Up to create a user profile with your Kansas State Library card number and password or click on Use Mango as a Guest. If you previously created an account, log in with the email address and password you used when you first created an account with Mango.

App: Download the Mango Languages app through your device’s app store.  If you already have a Mango account, click Log In and sign in your email address and password. If you have not used Mango Languages before, click on Sign Up and create an account using your preferred email address.


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When prompted to subscribe to Mango, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Find Mango. Enter Andover’s zip code (67002) into the search bar and select Andover Public Library in Andover, Kansas.

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Enter your Kansas State Library card number into the box for access to Mango Languages.

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2020 APL Reading Challenges

It’s the start of a new year and for many of us, that means reading challenges!

If you’re looking for books to read this year, check out the library’s two reading challenges. Each challenge asks that you read 12 books over the course of the year (24 books if you choose do complete both challenges).

Follow along with one or both challenges for a fun, book-filled 2020!


2020 12 book challenge SM

Everyone Has Read it Except Me

In the Everyone Has Read it Except Me! challenge, choose one book each month, choosing from the five choices, to make your own reading challenge.

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Happy reading!

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