Reading Challenges

Want to win free books and other prizes? Sign up for one of our Reading Challenges!

You can sign up online or at the library. The Beanstack app* makes it easy to track your reading. Have you already participated in a reading challenge? No need to sign up again. Just log into your Beanstack account and select a new challenge.

Sign up!

*Find the Beanstack Tracker app in the App Store or Google Play.

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Read for the Stars!
Summer Reading Challenge

May 15–August 15

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. Win prize books and more! You can log your reading in the Beanstack app—or download a pdf and print out a log at home.

>> For kids: Earn prizes when you keep track of your reading. For infants to 4th grade graduates. Kids reading log »

• Prize 1 – Read 100 minutes + get your choice of free book
• Prize 2 – Read 300 minutes + get a Star Mood Pencil and surprise coupons
• Prize 3 – Read 600 minutes + get your choice of free book, plus a mini astronaut plushie

>> For teens: Earn a prize every time you read for 2 hours. You’ll get free books, coupons to local eateries, and Champaign Park District recreation passes for Sholem Aquatic Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, or Dodds Tennis Center. If you read for 20 hours or more, you’ll earn a cool tumbler. Teen reading log »

>> For adults: Earn tickets for a chance to win a Grand Prize Gift Basket (up to $330 value), including prize books, a telescope, gift certificate for dinner downtown, moon lamp, Lego space-themed kit, and a hammock. Adult reading log »

(What’s in the Grand Prize Gift Baskets? Details about the Reading Challenge for Adults »)

Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Start this challenge anytime!

Sign up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge and enjoy reading 1000 books with your little one!

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Read 1000 books with your child from birth to age 5.
• Log each book, or you can scan the book’s ISBN code using the Beanstack app.
• If you read a few books at a time, you can enter those at once.
• For every 100 books you log, you’ll earn a badge on Beanstack and a prize sticker to pick up at your next library visit.
• When you finish 1000 books, come back with your child to choose a free book!

Repeat readings of books are counted.

Happy Reading!

Looking for reading ideas? We can help!
Check out our Early Childhood Resources.

The 1000 Books Foundation is a national organization dedicated to promoting reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encouraging parent and child bonding through reading.

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