Summer Reading

Find Your Voice, our 2023 Summer Reading program, starts Thursday, June 1st, with our kick-off event on Saturday, June 3! We have a program for kids (entering kindergarten through 5th grade), teens (grades 6 through 12), and adults (for anyone 18 and up)! Younger kiddos can sign up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! The last day to log reading or activities is Monday, July 31.


Kids can log minutes, review books, and attend programs to earn raffle entries for $5 gift cards to Annie’s Frozen Custard or The Cup and the Grand Prize of a Squishmallow. Kids who complete the challenge by reading 1800 minutes (or 30 minutes a day) will get a free movie ticket at First Community Credit Union.

Teens can read books, write reviews, and attend programs to get bingo in the Bingo Challenge will receive entries for $5 gift cards to Annie’s Frozen Custard or The Cup and a Grand Prize Journal Pack. Teens who read 5 books this summer will get a free movie ticket at First Community Credit Union.

Adults will be logging books and attending programs to earn raffle entries for gift cards to local businesses.


You can sign up for any of the Find Your Voice Summer Reading challenges now through Beanstack. You can track your progress on their website or through their app.


Have more questions? Scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions section for more details!


Community Sidekicks

Thank you to our Community Sidekicks for making our Summer Reading program amazing! Community Sidekicks are sponsors who help make our summer reading programs extra special through monetary or prize donations. We encourage you to go to our Sidekicks’ locations and thank them for their support!



Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I register?

Register for Summer Reading through the Beanstack website or the app. Have questions about registering? Come into the library or call us at 618-288-1212, and we can answer your questions.


What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is the system we use to host our Summer Reading and other yearly challenges.


When can I register?

The challenge officially starts Thursday, June 1, and runs until Monday, July 31. Anyone can register anytime between May 17 and July 31.


What can you count towards the program?

Books and activities completed between June 1 and July 31 can be used towards the Find Your Voice programs. Books read before or after these dates do not count.


Do I have to complete ALL the Challenges? 

No! Find Your Voice is supposed to be a fun challenge to complete throughout the summer. If you aren’t having fun, then stop what you are doing and try something else. If you are reading a book and you aren’t enjoying it, try another book!


When do I have to turn in my materials?

Read Beyond the Beaten Path runs from June 1- July 31. All reading logs, challenges, and activities must be submitted by Monday, July 31, to be entered into the raffle drawings.


How do I win a prize?

Kids and teens can find Waldo in the library each week and pick up a small prize for telling us the quote of the week. Kids and Teens can earn a movie ticket for participating in the challenge, thanks to our sponsor, First Community Credit Union. Kids need to read 1800 minutes (equal to 30 minutes a day) and Teens need to read 5 books to earn their tickets. Once they check in at the library, you will receive a certificate to bring to First Community Credit Union to pick up their ticket. The more reading and challenges you complete, the more entries for a grand prize you’ll earn! Activities must be completed and logged between June 1 through July 31 to be eligible for prizes.


What are the prizes?

Kids and Teens can win a $5 gift card to either Annie’s or The Cup. You’ll choose the gift card when you come to pick up your prize. The grand raffle prize for Kids is a Squishmallow. The grand prize for teens is a journal pack. Adults will be entered to win a gift card from local businesses.


Can someone win more than one gift card?