Adventure Begins at Your Library: Summer Reading 2024


May 15 to August 15

Log reading, complete activity badges, write reviews, and more to rack up points. Spend those points for cool raffle prizes for all ages!


Use Beanstack, our reading challenge online platform, or ask the Adult or Youth service desk at your local library branch for a paper log. Library staff can help you set up an online account, too.

Reading Challenge FAQs

  • Logging reading on a web browser (i.e. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and logging reading on the Beanstack Tracker app is entirely different. Please see the instructions below. To see the exceptions about logging minutes and books together, please see this FAQ.

    For Web Browser

    1. Click the “Log Reading” or “Log Reading and Activities” button in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
    2. Select the accurate reader(s) and then the desired log type (Books, Minutes). 
    3. Select the date for the reading session.
      1. Important Note: We do not restrict back-date logging. You can backlog to any date you'd like.
    4. Enter any additional information, like title, author, and if they'd like to leave a book review.
      1. Important Note: These fields are not required.
    5. Click “Log.”
    6. The reading session will be added to their log and to any applicable challenge log. If warranted, the reader may earn badges, tickets, or rewards, which will pop up after logging.
    7. Important Note: Customers can log books multiple times, especially in a challenge like 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

    For the Beanstack Tracker App (Mobile App)

    Logging With a Title (a Book)
    1. Tap the "+" icon at the bottom center of your app screen and select "Reading."
    2. Select a title by searching the title, author, or ISBN of the book. You can also choose from “recently logged titles” if you wish to log a title again. This is especially useful for youth readers.
    3. After typing in the title of the book, choose the title from the list and fill out the rest of the information if you’d like, including tracking progress.
    4. When done, click “save.”
    5. After that, you’ll see an option to either:
      1. "Quick Complete" A notice will pop-up letting you know that quick logging will not count minutes or pages read. If you still want to proceed, tap Quick Log As Complete. Important: Quick logging will NOT count minutes or pages read.
      2. "Log Reading" Will display more options, such as:  
        1. How many challenges the book will count for (depending on what challenges you’re enrolled in)
        2. Logging the reading for today (or, backdating it)
        3. A toggle button for “did you finish the book.”
        4. Under the “view more” option, you can log how many minutes and pages you read.
      3. "Start Timer" Will start a reading timer
    6. Once you’ve completed logging and/or reading, click “save” and a message will appear that confirms the book has been logged.
    Logging Without a Title (minutes)

    If you want to log reading without using a book title (minutes, pages, etc.) follow these instructions.

    1. Tap the "+" icon at the bottom center of your app screen and select "Reading."
    2. Click the large blue button that says “Log without a Title.”
    3. You’ll see the following options:
      1. Logging reading for today (or backdate)
      2. How many books did you complete?
      3. *Under the drop down menu that says “View More”: How many minutes did you read?
      4. *Under the drop down menu that says “View More”: How many pages did you read?
    4. Once you’ve completed logging and/or reading, click “save” and a message will appear that confirms the minutes or number of books have been logged.
  • As a reading challenge participant, you always have the option to log both books and minutes together. However, there are some important exceptions when it comes to this. For details on logging reading, see this FAQ.

    1. Logging options are based on individual challenges. If the challenge you are signed up for only offers "books" then you can only log books. If it only offers "minutes" then you can only log minutes.
    2. If an adult reader would like to log minutes in addition to books, they may choose to do so for all other year-round challenges, but not the following challenges:
      1. 365-day challenges
    3. Be default, if the challenge is a year-round challenge and is for all ages, minutes will be the option to earn badges within the challenge.
    4. For our Summer Reading and Adult Winter Reading Challenges:
      1. Minutes will count ONLY toward the youth summer reading programs (children and teen -- with the exception of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program) and books will count ONLY toward the adult summer and winter reading programs
      2. For the summer reading challenges, adult program points are always tallied by logging books, not minutes. Youth program points are tallied by logging minutes, not books.
      3. To earn points and be eligible for prizes, adults must record books and youth must record minutes.
  • The main page for our reading challenges is You can register for any program in the following ways: 

    • Registration option #1: Choose the challenge you are interested in signing up for by clicking on or scrolling through the image boxes under the section “Challenges” on  
      • This will pop up a box that describes what the challenge is. There will be link options at the bottom of this box that say “Sign In” or “Create an Account”. 
      • The “Create an Account” option will expand to two choices: Register an Individual or Family or Register a Class or Group.
    • Registration option #2: Click the “Sign In” button in the top right corner.  
      • Click the link “Sign up for free” which is located underneath the “Don’t have an account?” question (above the login fields).
      • This will take you BACK to the reader365 page, where they will choose the challenge they would initially like to sign up for, just like the registration option #1 (above).
    • Registration option #3: Scroll down past the “Challenges” carousel, and you will see a section called “Create Your Account or Sign In”.

    On the Mobile App

    Please watch this 1:54 minute instructional video on how to sign up on the Beanstack Tracker app.

    1. Click the “Log Reading and Activities” button in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
      1. Note that Activities will only appear as an option if the reader is enrolled in a current challenge with activity badges.
    2. Select the accurate reader(s) and then “Complete An Activity.”
    3. If you are enrolled in a challenge or challenges with multiple activity badges, they will then be able to select the desired activity badge to view and complete its activities.
    4. Once inside the badge, you can either: 
      1. Check off the activity, 
      2. Write a response into a text box
    5. If warranted, you may earn the activity badge and any attached tickets, or rewards after completing the activity, which will pop up after logging.
    Logging within a Specific Challenge
    1. Once viewing a challenge, click over to the “Badges” tab and then “Activity Badges”.
    2. Click on any unearned activity badge to complete the activity by either checking it off, writing a response into the text box, or entering the activity code.
    3. If warranted, the reader may earn the activity badge and any attached tickets, or rewards after completing the activity, which will pop up after logging.

Summer Reading Point Guide

Children & Teens Program: 1 minute of reading = 1 point earned

Adult Program: 1 book = 300 points

Completed activities for all programs:

  • 25 points for a standard activity
  • 35 points for a big activity

Reviews for all programs: 50 points

Completed challenge for all programs: 2,000 points

You can earn over 2,500 points in the challenge, but you will not earn anymore tickets for prizes.

Grand Prize Drawings: How many spendable tickets does each badge earn?

Receive tickets for grand prizes when you earn badges. Spend these tickets in any way you wish! The more tickets you spend on a prize, the greater your chance of winning.

Registration Badge: 10 tickets

Completed Challenge Badge: 50 tickets

150 Points Badge: 10 tickets

300 Points Badge: 30 tickets

500 Points Badge: 50 tickets

1000 Points Badge: 75 tickets

1500 Points Badge: 100 tickets

2000 Points Badge: 200 tickets

2500 Points Badge:  200 tickets

All Activity Badges: 25 tickets

Review Badge: 5 tickets

Grand Prize Prizes for Adults

1 Best of #BookTok Book Bag
1 Cozy Mysteries Book Bag
1 Food & Travel Book Bag
1 Grab Book Bag
1 Large Print & Audio Book Bag
1 Literary Fiction Book Bag
1 Romantic Reads Book Bag
1 SciFi & Fantasy Book Bag
1 Summer Adventure Book Bag
1 Thrills & Chills Book Bag

Grand Prizes for Teens

1 Braille Book Bundle
1 Dramatic Fiction Book Bundle
1 Fantasy Fiction Book Bundle
1 Romance Fiction Book Bundle
1 Science Fiction, Dystopian, & Adventure Book Bundle

Grand Prizes for Children

1 Board Book Bundle
1 Braille Book Bundle
1 Grades K-3 Book Bundle
1 Grades 3-5 Book Bundle
1 Grades 5-7 Book Bundle
1 Graphic Novel Book Bundle
1 Nonfiction Book Bundle

Completion Prize for Adults

Get a mini notebook & pen set when you complete the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge. Pick up at your local library's Adult Services desk.

Additional Prizes for Children & Teens

150 Points Milestone Tag
300 Points Milestone Tag
500 Points Milestone Tag
1,000 Points Book & Milestone Tag
1,500 Points Milestone Tag
2,000 Points (Completed Challenge) Book & Milestone Tag

All-Ages Activity Badges

Adventure Begins at the Library

Summer Vibes Only

We Recommend

Librarypoint Scavenger Hunt

Children's Program Activity Badges (Ages 0-5)

Beach Explorer

To Infinity, and Beyond!

Music & Art Exploration

Around the World

Reading Recommendations for Children Ages 0-5

Pirates, Ho!

A good ship, a fine crew, a pet parrot, and we're ready to sail. Come aboard for some high sea adventure, mate!

Space Voyager

To infinity, and beyond! Check out one of these books about space for your little astronaut.

Colors Are Fun!

Noticing all the colors and learning their names is fun and beautiful way to interact with the world.

Children's Program Activity Badges (Grades K-5)

Exploration Awaits

Destination - Your Hometown!

Discovery Through S.T.E.M.

Worldly Travels

Teen Program Activity Badges

Totally Terrific Teen Technology

Read Around This Summer

Graphic Novels are Real Books, Too!

Travel Through the Pages

Adult Program Activity Badges

Explore Around You

Become an Artist or Artisan

Learn, Discover, & Create!

Relax with a Good Book

Join the Fun all Summer Long

Join the Fun

Summer Movie Matinees

Behind the Page

Lafayette 200 Events

Various Dates & Times
Throughout 2024–2025, Fredericksburg will host educational programming to commemorate the Bicentennial of Lafayette’s return to America.

Tech Things

LEGO Building Challenges

Various Dates & Times
Various Branches
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