Register for the 2021 Summer Challenge online with Beanstack–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. Have questions about our online challenge? Read the Beanstack FAQ here!
June 21 through August 14*
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 prize baskets. The first 250 readers to reach 1,000 points will receive an Adventurous Reader lawn sign, and the first 100 readers to reach 1,500 will receive an FPL backpack!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or just search for “Beanstack” in your app store.
*Keep logging your minutes online until August 31st. The raffle drawing is on August 16th. In-person and virtual events and raffles end August 14th.
Children’s Summer Challenge (0-12 years old)
Go to your Beanstack account to register online starting Tuesday, June 1, 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 caregivers 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 21st. Every minute you read will earn you 1 point. Every fun activity you complete you will earn more points (see Activity Badges)! 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!
In honor of our Summer Challenge theme Tails and Tales, we are asking you to tell us a tale in words or art about an aspect of your culture or a family tradition.
Tell us about it in no more than 750 words or in the artistic medium of your choosing. Please submit written works in PDF format. Artistic media should be submitted as a jpeg for still images or as a link for video format. One submission per entrant. This contest is open to children, teens, and adults. Be sure to include the following with your submission:
- Grade category (entering K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th, or adult)
- Email address
- Phone number
Entries should be submitted to email@example.com by August 3rd. Contest winners will be notified before the reception and will be invited to read and display their works. The virtual reception will be on Tuesday, August 10 at 6:30 pm. See events calendar to register.
TIPS FOR MAKING SUMMER READING FUN!
- 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.
WHY IS SUMMER READING IMPORTANT?
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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