Summer Reading Challenge

Imagine Your Story, Summer Reading Challenge, June 1, 2020  — July 31, 2020

This year, we will be using the Beanstack Reading Challenge software to register patrons, track/log reading minutes, books, literacy activities and manage the end of summer raffles. Register on the Summer Reading Challenge Beanstack website, or download the app for Android or Apple, to get started. Time spent reading, and participating in literacy activities or writing book reviews earns you cool prizes for participating in the Summer Reading Challenge! Since our libraries are currently closed, please visit our Events Calendar to participate in virtual storytimes, craft programs, book clubs and an assortment of programs provided by storytellers, magicians, puppeteers and more!

We look forward to having everybody participate in Imagine Your Story!

Why the Challenge Matters

Children have been away from the traditional learning environment (school) since the middle of March. When or if they return in the fall, they can potentially lose up to three months or more of reading ability. Now more than ever, reading and participating in learning activities during the summer break is important. DeKalb County Public Library is here for you!

How to Get Started

The Summer Reading Challenge is free and is for everybody including adults. Joining is simple. Just visit the Summer Reading Challenge website, register your account, and start logging minutes you spent reading and literacy activities.

DeKalb County Public Library is providing both paper and digital logs for you to record your minutes. Digital logs can be found on the Summer Reading Challenge website. You can also download the Beanstack app to your mobile device and log your minutes there.

Paper registration and reading logs may be picked up at participating DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Centers. If you use a paper log to register and record reading minutes and activities, please hold on to it until we reopen to the public. Summer Reading Challenge prizes will be available when the library reopens for curbside pick-up while supplies last. Please check dekalblibrary.org or follow us on social media @dekalblibrary for updates.

What You Can Win

Babies from Birth to age 4 (Wee Reader Challenge)

  • Complete 16 out of 20 literacy activities and receive a reading certificate, free book and entry into a raffle for age appropriate prize bundles.

Kid Challenge (Ages 5 to 9) and Tween Challenge (Ages 10 to 12)

  • Complete and receive 8 badges for the following items:
  • Reading certificate, free book, mood pencil. 
  • Entry into a raffle for a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records, a gift certificate to Little Shop of Stories, t-shirts, games, puzzles, and school supplies.

Teen Challenge (Ages 13 to 17)

  • Complete and receive 8 badges or complete the Teen Bingo Challenge for the following items:
  • Free book, nylon drawstring bag. 
  • Entry into a raffle for gift cards, a gift certificate to Little Shop of Stories, t-shirts, Kindles. 

Adult Challenges (Ages 18 and up)

Adults have the opportunity to receive Amazon eCards, adult book bundles, Kindles, iPad minis and more!

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge sponsors who provided for our end of summer prizes: the DeKalb Library Foundation, the Little Shop of Stories and the Decatur Rotary Foundation

The Summer Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by Georgia Public Library Service.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.