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Summer Reading 2021

As you start scheduling a summer’s worth of fun, be sure to include “visiting the Library” and “reading for fun” on your to-do list. The Library’s Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1 and wraps up August 31, and we’ve made some exciting changes for this year. To learn more about what this means, select your reading group below.

Children

Age 0 - Rising 6th Graders

Many of our fun Summer Reading events and performers are back on the calendar! This year’s theme is “Tails & Tales,” so be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the awesome animal-themed and sun-shiney programming this summer.

The biggest change this year, though, is that we no longer have paper reading logs for tracking your reading. We’re going digital!

Track Your Reading with Beanstack

Gone are the days of stacks of paper, checking off boxes, and forgetting your log at home. Natrona County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge is going virtual using Beanstack, thanks to a generous grant from the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board.

Beanstack is like a “Fitbit for Reading,” where users track reading and earn virtual badges (and prizes!) along the way. You can log on to Beanstack from the Library’s website or by downloading the mobile app. Register from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you are, at a time that works best for you.

Readers can create individual accounts and better yet, families (or daycares/groups) can create one main account and then add all the readers in their group. Each reader then joins the Summer Reading Challenge that fits their age or grade level.

Goals & Prizes

The goal is to read at least 20 minutes per day. Every 25 days of reading earns a (real!) prize. You’ll be alerted when unlocking a prize badge, as well as when that prize will be available for you to pick up from the Library.

Prizes this year include brag tags, books, gift cards from Craves & McDonalds, and a grand prize entry.

eBooks & eAudiobooks

We have also made a large investment into building our online and digital collection of eBooks & eAudiobooks for young readers, so we invite our patrons to check out our new and improved children’s collection on Libby by Overdrive. This is a great way to expand your at-home or on-the-road collection of reading materials without ever having to step foot in the Library. Your will need your library card and PIN to check out.

Teens

Rising 7th - 12th Graders

Many of our fun Summer Reading events and performers are back on the calendar! Follow us on social media to learn about upcoming programs - there's a good chance that things will get really "wild" around the Library. 

The biggest change this year, though, is that we no longer have paper reading logs for tracking your reading. We're going digital!

Track Your Reading with Beanstack

Gone are the days of stacks of paper, checking off boxes, and forgetting your log at home. Natrona County Library’s Summer Reading Challenge is going virtual using Beanstack, thanks to a generous grant from the Natrona County Recreation Joint Powers Board. 

Beanstack is like a “Fitbit for Reading,” where users track reading and earn virtual badges (and prizes!) along the way. You can log on to Beanstack from the Library’s website or by downloading the mobile app. Register from wherever you are, at a time that works best for you.

Readers will create individual accounts, and then join the Summer Reading Challenge that fits their age or grade level.

Goals & Prizes

The goal is to read at least 20 minutes per day. Every 25 days of reading earns a (real!) prize. You’ll be alerted when unlocking a prize badge, as well as when that prize will be available for you to pick up from the Library.

Prizes this year include t-shirts, books, gift cards from Craves & McDonalds, and a grand prize entry.

eBooks & eAudiobooks

We have also made a large investment into building our online and digital collection of eBooks & eAudiobooks for teen readers, so we invite you to check out our new and improved young adult collection on Libby by Overdrive, which now includes graphic novels and comics! This is a great way to expand your at-home or on-the-road collection of reading materials without ever having to step foot in the Library. You will need your library card and PIN to check out.

Adults

Ages 18+

Just like in years past, the goal for Adult Summer Reading is to read at least 20 minutes per day.

The biggest change this year is that we no longer have paper reading logs for tracking your reading. We're going digital with Beanstack!

Track Your Reading with Beanstack

Beanstack is like a “Fitbit for Reading,” where users track reading and earn virtual badges (and prizes!) along the way. You can log on to Beanstack from the Library’s website or by downloading the mobile app. Register from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you are, at a time that works best for you.

Readers can create individual accounts and better yet, families (or daycares/groups) can create one main account and then add all the readers in their group. Each reader then joins the Summer Reading Challenge that fits their age or grade level.

Goals & Prizes

Every 25 days of reading earns a prize. You’ll be alerted on Beanstack when unlocking a prize badge, as well as when that prize will be available for you to pick up from the Library. If you read for 75 days, you will automatically be entered into a grand prize drawing.

Prizes this year include:
High quality canvas tote
Your choice from a selection of popular and new books
Grand prize: several local restaurant gift cards
And more!