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Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge

The Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge is back! This winter, York County Library joins Beanstack for its sixth annual Winter Reading Challenge. This year’s theme, "All the Feels," encourages readers of all ages to feel, experience, and dive into how reading enlivens our emotions. We challenge York County to read at least 2 million minutes as we compete for a chance to win cash prizes, shared among the top-performing libraries and schools across the nation. Happy reading, York County!


To join the Winter Reading Challenge, register online or at any YCL location, and use our fun, interactive Beanstack service to receive digital badges and book recommendations as you progress! 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

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Totally Cool Winter Reading Challenge: All Ages

Beginning December 12, 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. 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! 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 #WinterRead2023.

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

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).

Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill

Use your Amazon Alexa-enabled device to log your reading using the Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill. To enable this Skill, simply say "Alexa, enable Beanstack Tracker" or search for "Beanstack Tracker" on the Alexa Skill Store. Please note that you must first have an account on our Beanstack website.

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 service hours or email us at any time, and someone will assist you.

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