Summer Reading, Jun 1-Aug 14

Reading Colors Your World
Summer Reading, June 1-August 14

Beginning June 1, sign-up for our all-ages reading challenge in Beanstack and begin tracking your minutes. We recommend downloading the Beanstack Tracker app (iOS | Android), but you may also log your reading online or print a paper log (see below for your age group). The Plinko board returns this summer for your halfway prize, which you can claim beginning July 1. Finish the challenge and you’ll earn a completion prize, which you may also pick up beginning July 1, and a ticket into the grand prize drawing.

  • Young Readers (infants-grade 1 in the fall) print a log | print a second chance log
    Read or be read to for 800 minutes (=16 min/day, 5 days/week). Adults reading to children can count those minutes towards their own reading challenge. Read an additional 800 minutes for another ticket into the grand prize drawing.
    Grand prizes: “Color Jam” (Electric Toy Drum Set & Musical Instrument Set which includes 18 wooden percussion instruments); “Young Artist” (Melissa & Doug double-sided tabletop easel and finger paint and tools set); “Puppet Theater” (Melissa & Doug puppet theater and Barn Buddies hand puppets).
  • Independent Readers (grades 2-5 in the fall) print a log | print a second chance log
    Read 1000 minutes (=20 min/day, 5 days/week). Read an additional 1000 minutes for another ticket into the grand prize drawing.
    Grand prizes: “Lights, Camera… Action!” (Waterproof sports action camcorder, SD card, travel case, and LEGO Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit); “Colorful Creations” (1000+ Piece Arts & Craft Vault and Sunnyglade 145 Piece Deluxe Wooden Art Box/Drawing Kit); $75 Color Me Mine Gift Card.
  • Teens (grades 6-12 in the fall)  print a log | print a second chance log
    Read 1200 minutes (=24 mins/day, 5 days/week). Read an additional 1200 minutes for another ticket into the grand prize drawing.
    Grand prizes: “Aspiring Influencer” (Ring light & phone stand, a microphone that hooks onto phone, and mini clip-on ring light); “Digital Designer” (drawing tablet c
    ompatible with MacOS 10.11 or later and Windows 7 or later); “Teen About Town” (gift cards to Target, 5 Below, Cary Dairy, Chipotle, Starbucks, & Classic Cinemas).
  • Adults (ages 18+) print a log | print a second chance log
    Read 1200 minutes (=24 mins/day, 5 days/week). Read an additional 1200 minutes for another ticket into the grand prize drawing.
    Grand prize: “Patron’s Pick” (6 winners will each win a $50 gift card to the Cary, Fox River Grove, or Crystal Lake business of their choice).


Tips for using Beanstack:

  • Take a look at our quick guide or watch this overview video
  • If you’re reading an audiobook, check the length for the number of minutes read
  • Use the timer in the app, which you’re able to pause for any interruptions or breaks
  • Reading three picture books takes about 15 minutes, so if it’s easier to track books, do so and then convert to minutes in Beanstack
  • You do not need to log specific titles. Just select Log a Day, Minutes, or Pages Only, which will add a “No Title” book cover to your title list
  • Parents with multiple children can log their children’s minutes by selecting all the readers in the app

A big thank you to our Summer Reading sponsors:

Cary Dairy Ice Cream Cafe
Classic Cinemas – Woodstock
Culvers – Crystal Lake
Lee’s Martial Arts
Lou Malnati’s – Cary
Mathnasium – Cary
McDonald’s – Cary
McHenry County Fair Association
Wendy’s – Cary