Congratulations, York County! Thank You for a "Paw-Some" Summer!

You read more than 4 million minutes for our "Tales and Tales" 2021 Summer Learning Challenge! Thank you for helping us meet our reading goal, and thanks also to the Friends of the York County Library for helping to make this Challenge possible. Need more time? The deadline to log your remaining reading is Friday, August 6.

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York County Library Summer Learning Challenge

June 7 – July 30, 2021 • For All Ages • Registration Closed

YCL invites all ages to join us for the "Tails and Tales" Summer Learning Challenge! Register online and use our fun, interactive Beanstack service to help us reach our reading goal for 2021 — 2,021,000 minutes! You'll earn digital badges as you progress, get book recommendations by email, and enjoy many other exciting new features, including Friends, Leaderboards, Achievements, and Streaks!
Don't forget to check out all of our free virtual summer events, and for additional details about the Challenge, see the Beanstack FAQ, view helpful videos and tutorials in the Beanstack Help Center, and read more below. Please note, if you have already registered for a previous reading challenge, simply sign in to begin the new challenge.

Project Outcome Survey: We Need Your Feedback!

Please let us know how we're doing! If you've watched our Summer Learning Challenge virtual performances, take a brief survey: Click here to access the survey online, or download a copy to print and drop off at your nearest YCL location. This survey is part of the Public Library Association’s Project Outcome, a national initiative to help public libraries measure the impact of their programs and services, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about this effort, please visit

"Tails and Tales" Summer Learning Challenge for All Ages

How the Challenge Works
The challenge is simple: Get a prize for reading 10 hours (infants and children) or 15 hours (teens and adults).* For every time you complete the challenge, you'll earn one entry into a Grand Prize Drawing, for up to 5 entries! Starting Monday, June 7, begin tracking your progress online or use a reading log, available for infants/children or teens/adults. You have until July 30, 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 #YCLReads2021.


Prizes and Drawings

Tiny Tots: Ages 0–3

  • Reading certificate, board book, and bath toy

Children: Ages 3–11

  • Reading medal, certificate, and zoo animal squishy

Teens: Ages 11–18

  • $5 gift card to a local business

Adults: Ages 18 & Up

  • Aluminum Water bottle

All Age Groups

  • One entry into a grand prize drawing for every 10 hours (infants and children) or 15 hours (teens and adults) of reading, up to a maximum of 5 entries.*

*Prizes may be substituted as necessary and are available only while supplies last. Prizes are only awarded 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 • Library Events

Friends: Now 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 online events all summer long! Check out our YouTube Channel and follow us on Facebook for virtual performances, storytimes, crafts, tutorials, and more for the whole family!


How to Log Reading

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Beanstack Website

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.

Beanstack Tracker App

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.

Call the Library

If you are unable to use Beanstack or need help to register or log time, call your local library location during in-person and curbside service hours.

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The Summer Learning Challenge is sponsored by

Friends of the York County Library

Thanks to Our Contributors

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