Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Reading Programs and Recommendations

Our Summer Reading Challenge this year will be completely virtual! Beanstack is an online program that helps families track their reading together from ages 0-150! Click any image on this page to visit your Beanstack login screen. Read more details about our exciting new summer challenges below and when you register/log-in your Beanstack account. Have questions about our online challenge? Read the Beanstack FAQ here!

June 22 through August 22*

Start your summer adventure and strive for 1,000 points! Earn points by reading, writing book reviews, and completing bonus activities.

For every badge you unlock, you earn a ticket toward our Grand Prizes! See the Ticket Drawings tab for details on our 3 prize baskets. The first 250 readers to reach 1,000 points will receive a Fantastic Reader lawn sign delivered to their front door (must be Fairfield residents).

There are weekly prizes, too! Every Monday, we will raffle off 3 gift cards to Barnes & Noble. Readers who log their minutes read or complete the weekly activity badge will be entered to win.

Questions or concerns please e-mail

Or just search for “Beanstack” in your app store.

*Keep logging your minutes online until August 31st
*Raffle drawing is August 25th
*Special Library Virtual programs and raffles end August 22nd.

Children’s Summer Challenge (0-12 years old)


Go to your Beanstack account to register online starting Monday, June 8, 2020. When you register as a family, you will have one username and password to log-in for all readers. Don’t remember your login information? Recover your password through the login screen. Need help? Give us a call or send us an email and we will assist you. 

You can read anything you like! Need inspiration? Ask a Librarian or find recommendations on one of our many reading lists separated by age, grade, and/or genre.

**Remember, you can log reading minutes as a family, so grown-ups can use these minutes toward the Adult Summer Reading Challenge!**

Go online to your Beanstack account and log the number of minutes you’ve read, beginning June 22nd. Every minute you read will earn you 1 point. Every fun activity you complete you will earn more points (see Activity Badges)! Every 100 points you unlock a badge, and for every badge you unlock, you will earn a ticket to spend at the Grand Prize Ticket Drawing! When you reach your 1,000 point goal — keep reading and completing activities to earn additional Tickets. Don’t forget to visit the Ticket Drawings tab to spend your tickets!  


Calling on ALL aspiring writers to Imagine YOUR future story!

Share an unpublished work of 750 words or less on the following theme: Think about where you will be in the near or distant future (your choice!) and Imagine and Write your Story for us ! Need some inspiration? Imagine what kinds of technological advancements and innovations may be added in the future, how our day-to-day living might change and how those things can impact your own future story.

There are 5 age categories for submission: Kindergarten-2nd grades; 3rd5th grades; 6th-8th grades; 9th-12th grades; and adult. All entries must be submitted as a PDF attachment to Please make sure your entry contains only the title of the work, not the author’s name. Also, please include a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, contact information, age category, word count and title of the piece. Winners will be notified by August 7. Winners of the contest will have the chance to share their creations at the virtual reception on August 12. Registration is required. Prior to the event, registrants will be sent the Zoom log in information.


  • Visit the Library Virtually: With weekly challenges, craft projects and raffle drawings throughout the summer, the Library staff knows how to make reading F-U-N!
  • Be the Leader: Show your child that reading is an important part of your life by modeling reading as a fun activity that the entire family can enjoy. When you sign up as a reader yourself, you can play the challenge together!
  • Talk It Up: Good books deserve to be shared, so be sure to talk about what you’re reading and ask your child to share his/her book with you and their friends.


A three-year study by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies showed that students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills. In fact, kids who participate in these programs are 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who do not. Summer reading programs are also an antidote for learning loss (summer slide). So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who attend reading programs actually show gains. (School Library Journal, “Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement, Study Says,” November 10, 2010). Read more…

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