Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Here’s a cool way to spend summer, and possibly get free stuff

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The public library system’s annual summer reading challenge is happening now until Aug. 10.

All kinds of books count, according to the library.

Short books, long books, magazines, comic books, newspapers in print or digital formats, even audiobooks, they said.

​​​​​​​​​​​​VBPL’s Summer Reading Challenge is powered by Beanstack reading tracking software.

If readers have created a Beanstack account for a previous reading program, they do not need to create a new one.

Click “forgot your password” if readers need assistance signing in.​

Use Beanstack to log titles and readers will also receive recommended reads.

In addition to Summer Reading Challenge, readers may also participate in two year-round reading programs at VBPL using Beanstack: ​Adults Read! (ages 18-older) and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (ages birth to 5).

Reader Incentives

The youth readers who participate in the program have the following incentives:

  • 5 books – Free book
  • 10, 20 and 40 books – Prize wheel spin
  • 50 books – Select a “Super Prize” of their choice

They are also eligible for a super reader badge if they read for 20 minutes a day, five days every week this summer, officials said.

Readers who do that will unlock an invitation to Super Reader Celebration at the Virginia Aquarium on Aug. 15 — 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Teens participating in the program have the following incentives:

  • 1 book – Community pass/food coupon
  • 3 books – Free admission for the reader +1 (teens only) to VBPL’s Teen Night @ the Virginia Aquarium,  Aug. 17, 7-9 p.m.
  • 5 books – $12 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • Every book read they read enters them into weekly raffles for a variety of cool prizes. The more they read, the more chances they have to win.

Click here to sign up or login to Beanstack.

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