York County Library
June 5 – July 28, 2023 • For All Ages • Register Online Now!
Summer Learning Challenge
Summer Learning Challenge
This summer, let's get "All Together Now" for the Summer Learning Challenge! This year's theme emphasizes kindness, friendship, and unity, so there's no better time to join your friends and fellow booklovers as we celebrate the joys of reading together! The Challenge starts June 5 and runs through July 28, with prize drawings, reading incentives, free in-person and online events, and more, for all ages.
Participating is simple! Starting May 19, sign up at any YCL branch, the Bookmobile, or online using our fun, interactive Beanstack service. Once you've registered, simply pick up a reading log at any YCL branch or track your progress online using your Beanstack account when the Challenge begins. Log all your reading progress online or return the completed record by July 28 to receive your incentives!
Each time you complete the Challenge, you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the program. Need help? See the Beanstack FAQ, view helpful videos and tutorials in the Beanstack Help Center, or read more below. Please note, if you have already registered for a previous reading challenge, simply sign in to begin the new challenge.
Jenna Bush Hager is honored to be CSLP's 2023 Summer Reading Champion! Click here to watch her announcement on "The Today Show," and learn more about #ReadWithJenna, her monthly book club, at www.today.com/read-with-jenna.
"All Together Now" Summer Learning Challenge for All Ages
How the Challenge Works
The challenge is simple! Starting Monday, June 5, begin tracking your progress online or use a reading log, available for each age group (infants/toddlers, children, or teens/adults). You'll get a prize for reading either: 10 books for infants and toddlers; 10 hours for children; or 15 hours for teens and adults.* For every time you complete the challenge, you'll earn one entry into a Grand Prize Drawing — up to 5 entries! You have until July 28, so make sure all of your reading has been logged in Beanstack!
We want to hear all the fun you're having during the Summer Learning Challenge! Tag us on Facebook (yorkcountylibrary) or Twitter (@Beamer_YCL) with the hashtag #YCLReads2023.
Prizes and Drawings
Infants & Toddlers, Ages 0–3: Reading certificate, board book, and choice of bath toy or plush finger puppet
Children, Ages 3–11: Reading medal and certificate, and choice of light-up Earth pen, book, or wiggle caterpillar
Teens, Ages 11–18: $5 gift card to a local business
Adults, Ages 18 & Up: 15 oz. bistro-style ceramic coffee mug
All Age Groups: One entry into a Grand Prize Drawing for every time you complete the Challenge, up to 5 entries. Grand prizes include:
Infants & Toddlers: $50 Books-A-Million gift card, heart bubble-popper, "All Together Now" growth chart, tie dye plush dog, browsing bag and more
Children: $50 Books-A-Million gift card, ice pop sidewalk chalk, tie-dye plush dog, "All Together Now" pencils, a drawstring sports bag, and more
Teens: $100 gift card to a local business of your choice
Adults: 11" Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 with S-Pen and 256GB of storage
*Prizes may be substituted as necessary and are available only while supplies last. Prizes are awarded only for the first Challenge completion. All reading time must be logged into Beanstack to receive each entry for the Grand Prize Drawing.
Friends & Leaderboards • Streaks & Achievements • Events
Friends: You can add friends and family and challenge them to see who can read the most! Friends can view each other's reading logs, challenge histories, and badges, and compete on leaderboards. Just use the Beanstack mobile app or web version to get your unique friend code and get started.
Leaderboards: Compete with friends on leaderboards and see who has read the most during the past week or month. Leaderboards display the top 25 readers, and the top three readers will see gold, silver, and bronze medals next to their names!
Streaks: Track and grow your daily reading to maintain reading streaks. Each consecutive day you log reading — whether it's minutes, pages, books, or days — adds a day to your streak. There is no minimum; even 5 minutes a day helps keep a streak alive! You can also view your friends' streaks.
Achievements: Motivate yourself to read with surprise badge rewards for certain reading actions, like logging your first book, completing your first challenge, adding your tenth friend, maintaining a lengthy reading streak, or reading on special days or holidays. The more days you log your reading, the higher your chances of garnering achievements!
Library Events: We'll have free events all summer long! Visit our Events Calendar, YouTube Channel, and Facebook page for virtual and in-person performances, along with storytimes, crafts, tutorials, and more for the whole family! For virtual teen programs via our Discord channel, contact the Young Adult Department or visit the Teen Reading & Fun page.
How to Log Reading
Use our Beanstack website to log in or create an account and log time for you and your family. If you have previously used our Beanstack site, you do not need to create a new account each year. If you need help resetting your password, just ask a staff member.
The Beanstack Tracker App, available for both Android and Apple devices, features a handy reading timer that automatically logs your time for you, or for multiple people at the same time. When setting up the app, make sure to select York County Library (SC).
Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill
If you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, use the Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill to log your reading. Enable this Skill by saying "Alexa, enable Beanstack Tracker" or search for "Beanstack Tracker" on the Alexa Skill Store. Please note that to use this Alexa Skill, you must first have a Beanstack account.
If you are unable to use Beanstack or need help to register or log time, call or visit your local library location.
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