Summer Reading Challenge

Reading Colors Your World!

Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, July 30

Summer reading is our fun program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books and activities.  As you read and engage in activities, you are eligible to win badges and prizes. The best way to track your progress is through the Beanstack app or web site.  Beginning June 1, 2021, you can start recording your reading time and participate in the activities, located exclusively in our online summer reading software, Beanstack! 

Simply register once to participate in library sponsored reading programs and activities all year round!


How Do I Start?

To get the most out of your summer reading experience, we recommend that you create a Beanstack account.  Parents can create a family account with all family members rather than create accounts for their children.  In Beanstack, you can view the available activities, enter the books you have read, write book reviews and more.  You will receive digital badges as you progress and each time you complete two hours of reading, a review or an activity, you’ll earn an entry into the prize drawing of your choice. To register, visit the Beanstack website or login through the app.  

Beanstack app available for iOS and Android.


What’s Next?

Children being read to & independent readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the Sycamore Library’s summer reading program, Reading Colors Your World
Keep your reading skills sharp this summer by striving to read 2 hours per week & earn a variety of prizes & entries into the grand prize drawing for each level!
Youth and teen participants who read for 8 hours will receive their own color changing cup & readers who read the full 16 hours will receive a book of their choice to keep & an additional grand prize entry.

Adults 18+ will earn a ticket for every two hours they read (maximum 80 hours of reading). Tickets are used to enter into the grand prize drawings. Surprise prizes from NIU, the library, and Coroco Coffee will pop up during your first 12 hours of reading to encourage and reward you. With three grand prize baskets to choose from, there’s something fun for everyone!


Prefer Paper?

You can print your log from home or grab one at the library and track your reading. Simply click the link below to print!


How the Challenge Helps Kids and Adults

Why join the Summer Reading Challenge? For kids, it prevents the infamous “summer slide” of learning loss. Research shows that kids who participate in library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests than their non-participating peers when the new school year starts.

For adults, the Challenge encourages taking some “me-time” to stretch out with a great read, whether it’s illuminating and educational or eerie and escapist.

We hope you will join us in participating this summer! See you at the library! Full calendar of events HERE