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Urbandale Public Library/Summer Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults will run from May 30 – July 31, 2024!

This year’s theme, “Read, Renew, Repeat,” encourages everyone to embrace conservation and sustainability efforts and try reading as a restorative method of self-preservation.

Storytime in the Parks will run June 11 – August 8 and is sponsored by the Urbandale Public Library and Parks & Rec Department. Download our Parks Passport below or starting May 30 you can pop into the library to pick up a Parks Passport with this year’s schedule and see if you can visit all the parks!

The Challenge

Make reading a daily habit this summer by recording the days you read during our challenge. Between May 30 – July 31, all ages are encouraged to record at least 15 days of reading to earn mid-point prizes. Everyone that continues tracking to reach 30 days will complete the challenge and earn more prizes!

How to Participate

Step 1

Track your reading with a paper log or online with Beanstack!

  • Online: Beanstack can be used on a browser or through their app. Register at urbandalelibrary.beanstack.org to create your account. You do not need to create a new account if you already have one from our previous summer, winter, or spring reading programs. (Can’t remember your Beanstack password? Click hereNot sure of your Beanstack username? Click here.)
  • Paper: If you would prefer to fill out a paper log, you can pick one up from the library starting May 30th or download and print the copy below:

Step 2

Track every day you read between May 30 – July 31. How long you read each day is up to you. (Read 10 minutes, or 2 hours, the choice is yours!) You can read whatever you’d like. Books, e-books, magazines, and comic books all count – and so does listening to an audiobook or being read to.

Step 3

Earn prizes! Youth (0-17) earn a free book and an entry in the grand prize drawings at 15 and 30 days of reading and up to six mini-badges. Adults (18+) earn a Book Sale Voucher and an entry in the grand prize drawings at 15 and 30 days of reading.

How to Claim Prizes

Earn Mini-Badges!

Youth (ages 0-17) can earn mini-badge buttons each time you log 5 days of reading! (Choose either a pin or a magnet for each mini-badge.) Because we are challenging you to read for at least 30 days this summer, you can collect up to 6 badges. Please note that the first day to collect badges will be June 13.

Mid-point Prizes (Congrats you tracked 15 days of reading!)

Starting June 13, mid-point prizes and mini-badges will be available to pick up.

  • Youth (ages 0-17) go to the Youth Area and fill out a small form (this will be your first entry for grand prizes). Then select a free book as your mid-point prize.
  • Adults (ages 18+) go to the Front Desk and let the staff person know you are ready to pick up a Book Sale Voucher as your mid-point prize. Adults also earn an entry in the grand prize drawings. (Those that use Beanstack can redeem their entry/ ticket through the app. Those that use a paper log will need to go to the Front Desk and fill out a small form- this will be your first entry for grand prizes.)

Completion Prizes (Congrats you completed the challenge and tracked 30 days of reading!)

June 28 is the first day the Summer Reading Challenge can be completed.

  • Youth (ages 0-17) go to the Youth Area and fill out a small form (this will be your second entry for grand prizes). Then select a free book as your completion prize.
  • Adults (ages 18+) go to the Front Desk and let the staff person know you are ready to pick up a Book Sale Voucher as your completion prize. Adults also earn an entry in the grand prize drawings. (Those that use Beanstack can redeem their entry/ ticket through the app. Those that use a paper log will need to go to the Front Desk and fill out a small form- this will be your second entry for grand prizes.)

BONUS
Adults that use Beanstack can complete Activity Badges to earn extra grand prize ticket entries!

Complete optional activity badges to earn up to 4 more tickets to put toward any of the grand prize drawings of your choosing. Tickets are redeemed through Beanstack. Unsure how to redeem tickets? Click here to learn more.

The Summer Reading Challenge officially ends on July 31 and adults that use Beanstack must redeem their tickets by that time as the challenge will close and will not allow late submissions. A short grace period will be given to youth (0-17) that used Beanstack and all ages that used paper logs to come into the library to fill out their grand prize entry forms by August 11. The final day all prizes will be available for pick up is August 31.

Questions?

Contact jstolz@urbandale.org for youth and sstanton@urbandale.org for adult questions. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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