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York County Library

Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge

December 16, 2019 - January 31, 2020 • Register Now!

The Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge is back! This winter, York County Library is participating with Zoobean and sponsor Penguin Random House (PRH) in Beanstack’s Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge. This year, we challenge York County to read at least 1 million minutes and track the reading on our Beanstack site. For this challenge, we will be competing with over 1,000 libraries and schools across the nation. PRH pledges to donate $50,000 for author visits from Max Brallier and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and new books, to be shared among the top-performing libraries and schools. Let’s light up the mind this winter! Happy reading, York County!


Register for the Winter Reading Challenge online, at any YCL location, or the Bookmobile, where you can use our fun, interactive Beanstack service to receive digital badges as you progress and even book recommendations by email! See the FAQ for details, and read more about the challenge below.

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

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How the Winter Reading Challenge Works


Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge: All Ages

Beginning December 16, start tracking your reading progress online. Read or listen to anything you want, then log your time in Beanstack. Once you've logged your first five hours, stop by any YCL location by January 31 to pick up a prize. Choose one of the following: tote bag, contributor coupon, finger puppet, flash drive, snow man, glitter ball, stainless steel straw set, or plush hand warmer.


You don't have to stop at five hours of reading! For every five hours logged, you'll receive one entry to win the Totally Cool Grand Prize, a basket full of incentives from our community contributors. You can earn up to five entries into the drawing.


We would love to hear about all the fun you're having during the Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge. Tag us on Facebook (yorkcountylibrary) or Twitter (@Beamer_YCL) with the hashtag #WinterRead2020.

*Prizes may be substituted as necessary and are available only while supplies last.

Ways to Log Reading

Beanstack Website

Using our Beanstack website, you can 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 is available for both Android and Apple devices. This app features a handy reading timer that will automatically log your time for you once you stop the timer. You can also log time for multiple people at the same time. When setting up the app, make sure the library you select is York County Library (SC).

Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill

If you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, you can now use it to log your reading using the Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill. You can enable this Skill by saying "Alexa, enable Beanstack Tracker" or by searching for "Beanstack Tracker" on the Alexa Skill Store. Please note that in order to use this Alexa Skill you must first have an account on our Beanstack website.

Library Staff

If you are not comfortable logging your reading by yourself with any of the above options, you can simply ask a library staff member. They will be happy to assist you by logging your reading for you.

Thanks to Our Contributors

Adventure Air Sports of Roc Hill
Charlotte Checkers
Dairy Queen
Arts Council of York County
Firehouse Subs
SC Humanities
Virgin Bean Coffee Bar & Creamery
Barings Book Bus and Hugo's Dream Readers
Culture & Heritage Museums
Kate's of Rock Hill
South Caroina State Library
Brixx - Fort Mill
Culver's of Fort Mill
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