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Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Cartoon cameleon sitting on a book with its tail curled into a spiral. Text beside it reads "Tales and Tails".June 1 - July 31, 2021

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download the Beanstack Tracker App to get started!

How does it work?

  • Create a free account on our online summer reading tracker, or download the Beanstack mobile app to your phone.
  • Track your reading in minutes throughout the summer to earn digital badges, free books, and raffle tickets towards your choice of great prizes!
  • Earn extra raffle tickets and badges by completing activity challenges or reading titles from our themed book lists.

Who can participate?

There's a reading challenge for every age group!  You do not need a library card to participate, although some optional activities may require an active card in order to complete them.

  • Adults (18+):  Reading Goal 30 minutes/day
    • Earn a free book when you register
    • Earn  raffle prize tickets by completing challenges
    • Earn a raffle ticket for every 3 hours of reading, up to 30 hours
    • Download a printable reading tracker
  • Teens (11 -17):  Reading Goal 30 minutes/day
    • Earn a free book when you register
    • Earn a raffle ticket for every 3 hours of reading, up to 30 hours
    • Earn additional  raffle prize tickets by completing challenges
    • Download a printable reading tracker
  • Kids (5-10): Reading Goal 16 minutes/day
  • Pre-K (0-4): Reading Goal 16 minutes/day

Monarch Migration Walking Challenge

Monarch butterfly sitting on an orange milkweed flowerDid you know the Monarch is the only butterfly to make an epic two-way migration, just as many birds do?  Each year, they travel through Central Texas as they go to & from their winter grounds in Mexico, although their numbers have declined over time due in part to habitat loss on their migration route.  Help us recreate their impressive journey in this walking challenge!

  • How to participate: Pledge to walk 6,000 steps (3 miles) per day during the challenge.  Your contribution will be added to others’ in Wells Branch, with the goal of reaching a total of 3,000 miles to match the butterflies' yearly journey.
  • Prizes: Photo of prize pack with Milkweed seeds
    • All participants are entered to win a Sustain the Migration Garden Kit from Native American Seeds, which includes native Milkweed seeds to help sustain Monarch populations! 
    • Participants who complete the walking challenge will receive an additional raffle ticket to use on the raffle prize of their choice.
  • Download a printable distance tracker (Personal use only. Steps must be entered into Beanstack program to qualify.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is an easy way to keep track of your reading. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to thelibrary's reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When the library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history—it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library challenge comes around, no need to re-register—just click on it, and you’re in.

Rooster standing on top of a large stack of books

May I add more than one reader to my account?

Of course. You can set up as many profiles as you like, for readers of any age. And if you’re a parent who reads aloud to more than one kid at a time, you can credit that reading time to multiple children’s accounts with a single click—no need to log it in separately for each of your avid listeners.

Which books count toward my reading log?

ALL reading counts!  You don't have to stick to physical books.  eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, graphic novels - it all counts toward your reading goal.  Reading to another person can be counted on both of your reading logs - Parents, reading to your kids counts toward your log as well as theirs!

Do I need a library card to participate?

No, you don't need to have a library card to participate in reading challenges!  The program is open to anyone.  However, if you would like to receive any prizes you earn, you must be able to pick them up at the library.

How do I get more books to read when the library is closed?

The library is still here for your reading needs, even when our building is closed!  Visit our Digital Resources page for information on how to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.