Monthly Challenges


From the bustling streets of New York City and the stoic welcome of the Statue of Liberty to the powerful torrent of Niagara Falls and the majestic Adirondacks, New York is a state with millions of stories – and the New York State Library’s Manuscripts and Special Collections (MSC) unit want yours.

June 2022: Signs of Summer: What makes you excited about summer? What are you looking forward to?


July 2022: Fireworks: Where’s the best place to watch them?


August 2022: Bodies of Water: take a pic at your favorite lake, river, pond, etc.


September 2022: Signs of Fall: Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Spice, Apple a Day: Whether making a trip to pick from your favorite orchard, enjoying cider or apple cider donuts, apples rules! Tell us about your favorite apple-involved experience.


October 2022: The Great Outdoors: Take a picture of yourself outside. What’s your favorite thing to do or place to go to get away from it all?


November 2022: Comfort Foods: Pictures of food people made?


December 2022: Signs of Winter: How do you prepare for the cold & dark? What are your favorite ways to get warm & feel cozy during the winter?


January 2023: Slice It: Pizza!!


February 2023: Show & Tell: Share a picture of a treasured object. Why is it important to you?


March 2023: Maple Syrup: Do you have a sugar house? Maple syrup – where do you drizzle it?


April 2023: Signs of Spring (take a photo of the first sign of spring where you live)


May 2023: Book It: Share a picture of your favorite book. Why is it the best? What are you reading now?


June 2023: Ice Scream Social: Take a picture of yourself screaming outside of your favorite ice cream spot. What makes it the best?