Start the New Year with a good book! We are once again participating in the Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge. From January 1 through January 31, SML patrons of all ages are encouraged to read at least three books to help meet a community goal of 1,000 books read.
Patrons will be able to register for the Winter Reading Program starting on January 1, 2020. Participants can sign up and log books using Beanstack, a website and app that makes it easier for participants to track reading, minutes spent reading, and the number of books read to stay motivated to receive prizes.
The 3rd Annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge is sponsored by Penguin Random House’s (PRH) U.S. children’s publishing divisions, Random House Children’s Books (RHCB) and Penguin Young Readers (PYR). Penguin Random House has donated $50,000 in prizes to be shared among challenge winners in support of public libraries and school systems throughout the United States.
Prizes include new books to enhance library collections and PRH-sponsored author visits from Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (The Hero Next Door, Crown Books for Young Readers) and Max Brailler (The Last Kids on Earth series, imprint TK). The authors will visit the top-performing schools and libraries to inspire young readers.
A record number of over 1,500 schools and libraries are expected to participate, reading to surpass last year’s collective goals of at least 5 million minutes and 75,000 books read during the month of January. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn “Golden Penguin” and “Golden House” awards. As in previous years, prizes are awarded based on four elements: outreach, active participation, logging numbers, and community (social) sharing. PRH will announce the results and top finishers in February.