Summer Reading Program 2021

2021 Summer Reading Program Professional Series
Mondays @ 2 p.m. on Facebook Live
May 31st – Let’s Get Wild with Chehaw Park and Zoo
Chehaw Education staff brings books to life as you encounter their scaled and tailed friends.

June 7th – Unicorns: Break the Cage

Get ready to experience fun, excitement, and SCIENCE with “Unicorns: Break the Cage” by
Talewise Science.

June 14th – Animal Tales, Turtle Shells, and a Chicken
Sam the Turtle, Hyena the Laughing Chicken and Mr. Barry are strutting their ANIMAL TALES this

June 21st – Scales & Tails with the Flint RiverQuarium
Puppies and kitties aren’t the only ones with tales to tell!

2021 Summer Reading Challenge
May 31st – July 31st
We would like to invite all our patrons to join us as we launch our annual Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is “Tails & Tales”. All of us have a unique story to tell and there are so many out there to read. So, let’s get started!

Overview: The Summer Reading Program is a FREE and fun program designed to engage all age groups in participating as a community and exploring new ideas, books, and activities. We would like to announce that this year’s Summer Reading Program will be hosted by your local library through Beanstack!

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is a free online service that allows our participates to virtually log their reading, earn badges for completing reading goals or activities, earn tickets for prize drawings, write book reviews, get personalized book recommendations, and more! Sign-up is free and easy. Participants can register as individuals or as a whole family. For 24/7 access and easy logging, we highly recommend that all participants download the mobile app.

Beanstack app available for IOS or Android
How Do I Register?

Registration is free, easy, and fast! Click the link below to get started! If you need help registering, check out the PDF below for step-by-step instructions.

Take Me to Beanstack!                       How to Register: Step-by-Step Instructions

What Challenges Are Available?

After you register for your Beanstack account, Beanstack will automatically list the challenges available to you by age group so make sure you use an accurate age. By completing the logging goals and/or activities in each challenge, participants earn badges and tickets to enter into prize drawings. The more badges you earn, the more tickets you get. The more tickets you get, the more chances to win! Here are the current challenges available to our participants:

2021 Tails & Tales (Ages 0-7 or Ages 7-12): This challenge is for ages 0-12 years old and logging goals are done by the number of books the child reads. There are two kid challenge categories. Ages 0-7 have to read 10 books to earn a ticket. Ages 7-12 have to read 5 chapter books to earn a ticket.

2021 Tails & Tales (Teens): This challenge is for ages 12-18 years old and logging goals are earned by how many minutes a teen reads.

2021 Tails & Tales (Adults): This challenge is for ages 18-109 years old. As with the teen challenge, logging goals are determined by minutes read.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:  This challenge is for ages 0-5 and can be done in unison with the 2020 Imagine Your Story – Kids Challenge. The “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program encourages guardians to spend time sharing books with their little ones while building critical early literacy skills before he or she enters school. Earn badges along the way to getting your completion badge.

How Are Prizes Earned?

Many of the badges that participants can earn use tickets as a reward. These tickets can then be used to enter prize drawings. There are multiple drawings per challenge and participants can decide how many tickets they would like to “spend” on each drawing. For example, if the prizes are a bike, tablet, or gift card, a participant with 10 tickets could use 3 on the bike drawing, 5 on the tablet drawing, and 2 on the gift card drawing. The more tickets you use on a certain drawing, the better your chances are of winning.

This Sounds Great! When Can I Register?

Registration will be open on May 31st, 2021. Preregistration is open now!