The theme for the summer is "Oceans of Possibilities."
We’ll be using Beanstack, a fun online platform where you can keep track of your summer reading and earn virtual raffle tickets for prize drawings. Prizes include new books and grand prize bundles. Pick up a Book Buddy plush (while supplies last) to take with you on your Summer Reading adventures!
Summer Reading Activities:
Throughout the summer we'll be hosting events at the Library and at Jennie Rogers Community Center. Families with young toddlers and preschoolers can join us for Storytime on Mondays and Tuesdays. Kids and tweens may attend craft, science, and book clubs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. There will be teen programs every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. On Thursday mornings, join us at the Jennie Rogers Community Center for Thursday FunDays we're you'll get to see special performers! Watch family-friendly movies each week under the stars at Starlight Movie Nights. Start your Friday with yoga for kids and tweens, then finish your week with select Saturdays featuring special programs. Adults can enjoy events all summer, as well, on afternoons and evenings during the week and weekends. To learn more about all of our events this summer, download the Summer Reading Calendar at from the link below.
Summer Reading Prizes:
Complete a Challenge to receive a free new book of your choice and raffle tickets you can enter to win one of our Prize Bundles: LEGO bundle; Art bundle; Toddler Toys bundle; Board Games bundle; a drone; Shaker Village Passes, and more!
Register for Summer Reading at boylepublib.beanstack.org.
Reading Challenge (All Ages)
- Use your Beanstack account to log 10 days of reading.
- Try to read for 20 minutes per day.
- Earn a free book prize of your choice from the library's selection, and a raffle ticket.
- For each additional time you complete this challenge you'll receive another prize book as well as a raffle ticket for prize drawings.
- Earn up to 6 books and raffle tickets if you keep reading all summer!
- Prize books will be given away in themed goodie bags that also include coupons and more!
What is summer reading?
The Summer Reading Program at the library is a combination of reading challenges to win prizes and programs to encourage learning all summer long.
Who can participate in summer reading? Is it just for kids?
Anyone of any age can participate!
How do I participate?
Sign up for the reading challenge on Beanstack and attend summer events. All reading tracking, logs, and raffle tickets will be done using Beanstack. You can use Beanstack from a computer, phone, or download the Beanstack app. You will make an account with your information to then keep track of your reading and enter for prize drawings once you’ve completed the challenge.
Will there be paper reading logs?
Yes, just ask! Librarians will provide paper reading logs upon request. We also can assist you on the computers at the library in setting up a Beanstack account and logging your days read. We recommend using Beanstack whenever possible. If you need help setting up an account or have other questions, please ask a librarian or email email@example.com
Does each member of my family need their own Beanstack account?
No. An adult can create an account and then add children or other others to that same account. You will then be able to have each person join a challenge and track their own reading. Every profile on the account does need to register for the challenge individually, but they can all be managed from one account.
When I log reading for my kids, should I use my profile?
Your kids should have their own profiles. This is how we’ll individually track how many challenge completions each child has achieved, number of prize books they’ve earned, and number of raffle tickets they can enter in for drawings on the app. Parents and guardians should use profiles with their kids’ identifying information, but contact information may all be for the adult.
I participated last year. Do I need a new Beanstack account?
Nope, you’re all set! Your account is still there for you. Login and verify your name, birthday, and contact information. Then starting June 1, register for this year’s reading challenge and start reading!
Can I read whatever I want?
You can read any book you want! The library has books, ebooks, and audiobooks for you to check out, or you can read books you buy, own, borrow, or have from school. We don’t care what book you read as long as you are reading! If you’d like to check out books from our digital collections, you can use Hoopla or the Libby app.
Do I have to read a certain amount?
We track days spent reading, NOT time or number of books. You just have to read for 10 total days, ideally for 20 minutes per day when possible. Each day you spend time reading counts towards your goal of reading for at least 10 days this summer. Once you complete the challenge, keep spending more days reading to earn more prizes. The specifics of what is read that day and how much are up to participants.
Why should I participate?
We think you should participate if you want to earn prizes for reading! We offer prizes to give you the extra incentive to read and reward you for the reading you’ll be doing this summer.
What are the prizes?
Every time you complete a challenge, you will win a new book as a prize! The library has a selection of prize books for you to choose from. You’ll also earn raffle tickets for prize drawings! Prize bundles are age group specific, and include items such as LEGOs, art supplies, board games, a drone, and more! All available prizes will be listed on Beanstack for you to choose from when you earn your raffle tickets.
How can I increase my chances to win?
Keep reading! Each time you complete the challenge, you will increase the number of raffle tickets you earn to put towards prize drawings.
How do I pick up the prize books I win?
The prize books will be available to view on a form online. Select the link provided in Beanstack, choose your prize book, and then a librarian will put it in a goodie bag and place it on the shelves in the library's entrance for you to pick up.
My summer is very busy. How much time does it take to participate?
We created our challenges for this summer to be flexible enough to work with any schedule. You will have from June 1-July 31 to complete your challenge and can log your reading anytime all summer long. The challenge tracks days read, so as long as you read some that day you can log it for your reading challenge. We recommend you aim for reading 20 minutes per day.
Do I need a library card?
You do not need a library card to sign up for Summer Reading on Beanstack and participate. If you want to check our materials to read from the library, then you need a card. You can sign up for a digital library card if you do not already have one or stop by the library to pick up a physical library card. Anyone of ANY AGE that lives, works, or studies in Boyle County may get a library card for FREE!
How can I find books to read?
You can stop by the library to browse the collection, ask a librarian for recommendations, or use our curbside pickup service to put books on hold and then pick them up. You can also check out the thousands of titles we have available in digital formats on the Lippy app or Hoopla.