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Summer 2021 Reading Challenge

Summer Reading & Fun Activities
For Children birth thru 12 years of age

Online and in-person registration begins Thursday May 20

Reading & activities begin June 7

Customize your reading challenge experience.

 Whether children are tracking minutes, pages, number books read, or using a school’s reading log or calendar, our reading challenge experience is flexible. Remember, any reading counts:

  • Shared reading with a child
  • Independent reading
  • Reading an ebook or a selection from the Tumblebook library
  • Listening to an audiobook 
  • Engaging in a learn and play activity, working towards letter recognition & counting,g enjoying one of the library’s backpack kits, storytime or flannel board kit, etc.
  • Sight word practice

Time spent in any of these activities can be logged in the online reading challenge at Beanstack.

Get the most out of your summer reading challenge by participating on-line with Beanstack. Here’s how it works!

  • Keep track of the number of minutes your child reads or participates in the activities listed above 
  • Log these minutes in Beanstack
  • For every 60 minutes, a child spends reading (as described above) or completing fun activities, a virtual badge with at least one raffle ticket is awarded
  • Throughout the summer, kids can shuffle their raffle tickets among the online raffle prizes
  • Free giveaways are awarded at key milestones
  • All reading must be logged no later than Sunday, August 22
  • On Monday, August 23, the Beanstack software randomly selects the prize winners. (Winners selected may only receive one prize)

Let’s Get Started  with

  • Go to or use the Beanstack mobile app to create or update your reader’s account.
  • Beginning May 20, select Reading Colors Your Worldreading challenge for kids birth thru 12 years of age
  • Beginning June 7, start logging your readers time ( in minutes) spent reading and engaging with kits from the library or other literacy activities
  • Beginning June 7 start completing the Beanstack activity challenges.

But wait there’s more!

Summer readers can pop in for library visits anytime the library is open to enjoy our activities/giveaways. Giveaways, Take & Make, and other activities available while quantities last.

  • June 7: Reading Chain Challenge, Toot Your Horn,  I’m a Reader yard sign, and individually wrapped cookies from Kelsey Kakes available. Reading, Nature, and Nature Art BINGO activities begin.  
  • June 14: Flock to the library today to pick up a Flamingo yard statue for decorating. Beaded Bookmark Make & Take. Tell us a joke for a piece of Laffy Taffy.
  • June 21: Rock Art Make & Take. Dragon Egg Hunt for prizes all week.
  • June 28: Flamingo Showcase at 10:30 am in front of the library.  Show off your decorated flamingo and let’s take pictures. Firecracker Take & Make
  • July 6: Octopus Friendship and Family Take & Make 
  • July 12: Chalk Art and Scribble Art Take & Make
  • July 19: Tissue Paper Stained Glass Art Take & Make
  • July 26: Trio of Monsters Take & Make. Last day to return BINGO cards to enter prize drawings.
  • August 2: Scrap Art Take & Make. Bingo prize drawings. Winners are notified.
  • August 14: Reading Challenge ends. All minutes read must be logged by August 22.
  • August 22: Last day to log minutes and drop raffle tickets to online prizes.
  • August 23: Online raffle ends with winners notified. 

And finally…

Be sure to ask about our  kits and backpacks for take home:

  • Story Time take home kits with picture books, crafts, and song & rhyme sheets
  • Flannel Board and Felt Story kits with picture books, felt stories & instructions
  • Money As You Grow Bookshelf kits with picture books & parent guides for teaching young children about the value of saving money and responsible spending habits
  • Baby Sprout Backpacks with books and play and learn toys
  • Little Sprout Backpacks for 1 and 2-year-olds
  • Growing Readers Kindergarten Readiness kits for 3-5-year-olds
  • Literacy Kits including letters & sounds, blends, guided level readers, rhyming, sight words & more for kids 3 – 8 years
  • Math literacy kits 
  • STEM kits 
  • And so much more!


  • Research suggests families should aim for a minimum of 15-20 minutes of reading a day to help prevent the “summer slide,” where reading skills are lost and kids are less prepared to return to school in the fall. 
  •  Children not yet completed 2nd grade must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times when at the library.

Thank you to the sponsors of the Summer Reading Challenge book and treat giveaways!