We did it, York County! We've surpassed our reading goal of 2,022,000 minutes for the "Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Learning Challenge! Still want to participate and win a prize? It's easy! Register online using our fun, interactive Beanstack service to earn digital badges, get book recommendations by email, and enjoy many other exciting features! Just make sure to finish logging your reading time before Friday, July 29!
For more information about the Summer Learning Challenge, check out the CSLP's official "Oceans of Possibilities" PSA, and don't forget to enjoy all of our free virtual and in-person summer events! 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.
"Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Learning Challenge for All Ages
How the Challenge Works
The challenge is simple! You'll get a prize for reading either: 1) 10 books for infants and toddlers; 2) 10 hours for children; or 3) 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! Starting Monday, June 6, begin tracking your progress online or use a reading log, available for each age group (infants/toddlers, children, or teens/adults). You have until July 29, so make sure all of your reading has been logged in Beanstack!
Prizes and Drawings
Infants & Toddlers, Ages 0–3: Reading certificate, board book, bath toy
Children, Ages 3–11: Reading medal and certificate; choice of sun fun visor, tropical fish beach ball, squeeze shark slime, or beach play set; additional incentives from our sponsors
Teens, Ages 11–18: $5 gift card to a local business
Adults, Ages 18 & Up: Notebook made from recycled materials
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, tropical fish bubbles, wind-up submarine, Mighty Mights Turtle, drawstring book bag, and more
Children: $50 Books-A-Million gift card, sea life bubble popper, Mighty Mights Turtle, dolphin bath play set, and more
Teens: $100 gift card to a local business of your choice
Adults: Tablet (brand to be determined)
*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 • 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 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).
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 your local library location during in-person and curbside service hours.