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York County Library Read Woke Challenge

For All Ages • Register Now

YCL invites all ages to join the Read Woke Challenge! The Challenge, a partnership between Zoobean and Read Woke Creator, Cicely Lewis, is to choose and read books from 10 different categories for adults, teens, and children. This is an ongoing challenge, so start it whenever you want and complete it at your own pace. Register for this challenge online and read more about it below.

If you have registered with Beanstack during one of our previous reading challenges, you do not need to register again. Simply sign into your account to begin the new challenge.

What is Read Woke?

Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color."

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

• Challenge a social norm

• Give voice to the voiceless

• Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised

• Seek to challenge the status quo

• Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group

Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE.

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Read Woke Challenge for All Ages

How the Challenge Works

The Challenge is simple: Choose a book to read from each of the 10 categories using the recommended lists, let us know what you learned, and earn badges. This is an ongoing challenge, so start it whenever you want and complete it at your own pace. To begin the Challenge, create or log in to your Beanstack account now. 


We want to hear about what you are learning as you participate in the Read Woke Challenge! Tag us on Facebook (yorkcountylibrary) or Twitter (@Beamer_YCL) with the hashtag #YCLReadWoke.

How to Log Reading

Beanstack Website

Use our Beanstack website to log in or create an account, and to track the books you and your family read. If you have previously used Beanstack, you do not need to create a new account. For help resetting your password, contact a staff member.

Beanstack Tracker App

The Beanstack Tracker App, available for both Android and Apple devices, allows you to easily progress through this challenge on numerous mobile devices. When setting up the app, make sure to select York County Library (SC).

Call the Library

If you are unable to use Beanstack or need help to register or log books, call any York County Library location during curbside service hours or email us at any time, and someone will assist you.

Thank You

Thank you to Zoobean for developing this Challenge in partnership with Read Woke Creator, Cicely Lewis.

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