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Welcome to the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

2021 Summer Reading Challenge: Reading Colors Your World!
June 1 - July 31

It’s our favorite season -- summer reading! This year’s theme focuses on colors and the many ways that reading can expand your world through kindness, growth, and community. We hope you will be encouraged to get creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.

National research finds that students who participate in library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate. The mission of a summer reading challenge is to provide students with the tools to bridge this summer gap, while inspiring literacy and life-long learning in readers of all ages.

The broad motif of this year’s “colors” theme provides a context for exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science. As you will see on our online calendar of events, we’ve used that palette of topics to develop programming that demonstrates how libraries and reading can expand your world.  








Reading Badges: Earn a reading badge for every two hours you read. Collect all the reading badges in your age category to earn your finisher book prize.

Bonus Activity Badges: Activity badges are fun challenges that will help you learn, explore, and try new things! Each activity badge earns you a chance in our bonus prize drawings. The more you collect, the more chances you have to win!



Online: Sign up at or download the Beanstack mobile app for your Apple or Android device. You can create one account for the whole family and keep track of each person's log separately, or your own individual account. In Beanstack you can log your reading minutes, view the available activities, write and read book reviews, and more. You can create your account at any time. You will be able to start logging your reading and activities starting June 1.

In person: Starting June 1, sign up at any service desk at the Dundee Library or Randall Oaks Library. You will receive a paper log to track your reading and activities. Bring the log back to the library during the challenge so we can update your reading minutes and completed activities.



The challenge closes on July 31. On Beanstack, make sure you have claimed all your reading and activity badges by July 31. For those using a paper log, be sure to turn in your completed log at any library service desk by July 31. 

Once you have completed the reading challenge, come to the Dundee Library or Randall Oaks Library to pick up your book prize and goodie bag. These will be available from June 14 - August 22.

The Bonus Activity prize drawing will take place on Friday, August 6. Each activity badge earns you a chance in the drawing. The more you collect, the more chances you have to win! Winners will be contacted via email or phone.

Adult Prize: Five $20 gift cards to Van's Frozen Custard & Burgers and five $20 gift cards to Village Pizza will be awarded.

Teen Prize: Five $20 gift cards to Van's Frozen Custard & Burgers and five $20 gift cards to Village Pizza will be awarded.

Youth Prize: Busy Summer Prize Basket featuring Fuzion Scooter, Baby Yoda Plush Toy, Lego Monster Burger Truck, Crayola Color Chemistry Set, Crayola Marker Set, and Stomp Rocket.

Pre-Readers Prize: The Make-Believe Prize Basket featuring a Lego Duplo Animal Set, Bubble Mower, Pop Up Fire Truck Tent & Fire Chief Costume, and Vet Play Set.


Watch a quick video on our Summer Reading Challenge!