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Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Track Your Summer Reading for a Chance to Win a Prize

Posted on May 31, 2022 at 6:00 am

Illustration of kids in a canoe with oars in the water, a red bird flying in the sky, and a boy reading a book under a tree on land

By Gwendolyn Haley

This summer, reading offers you a chance to win a prize!

The benefits of reading—for everyone, at all ages—also include such things as sleeping better, reducing stress, increasing general knowledge, helping concentration, improving empathy, and improving literacy. Plus, reading is great for free entertainment.

Our summer reading challenge for 2022 includes reading books from our shelves and eBooks as well as listening to audiobooks. So, you could listen your way to winning a summer reading prize.

Get Started with Easy Sign Up

To get started, register for Read Beyond the Beaten Path, our summer 2022 reading challenge on Beanstack. With Beanstack, you can track your reading, earn badges, and log summer activities directly on the website or by using the free Beanstack app.

The ultimate goal for summer reading is 600 minutes per person, which you can easily achieve by reading 20 minutes a day. For every minute you read, you can help the library reach our county-wide goal of 200,000 minutes of summer reading!

Plus, you earn virtual badges for each hour of reading and for completing challenges, such as sharing a book review, attending library programs, and exploring your community. Every badge you earn increases your chance of winning one of our prize drawings.

Read June 1 through August 31. The drawing for prizes takes place on September 1.

Sign Up for Summer Reading

Summer Reading Prize Drawings

Library Foundation of Spokane County logo

The Library Foundation of Spokane County is sponsoring the Read Beyond the Beaten Path summer reading prize drawings. We are very appreciative of the Library Foundation’s generosity. You can learn more about and donate to the Library Foundation at their website: www.supportscld.org.  

To participate in the prize drawing, you need to register on Beanstack, and when you read and log your reading minutes, you will be automatically entered into the prize drawings. Each hour of reading, up to 10 hours, is an entry into the prize drawing. Additional entries to the prize drawing are earned when you complete activity challenges on Beanstack.  

Read June 1 through August 31. The drawing for prizes takes place on September 1.

Family Outdoor Adventure Kit, a prize for the summer reading challenge 2022
The Family Outdoor Adventure Kit (not shown, but included: Washington State Parks Discover Pass)

Family Outdoor Adventure Kits

The Family Outdoor Adventure Kit prizes will be awarded to 11 library customers, one for each SCLD library. The kit includes:

  • A backpack
  • A Washington State Parks Discover Pass
  • Binoculars
  • Field guides for Washington state trees, plants, animals, and birds
  • A handheld mini microscope
  • Bug and specimen collection containers
  • The gofindit game, an outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game for families
  • The book Day Hiking Eastern Washington, by Rich Landers and Craig Romano
  • The book Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky, by Howard Schneider, a National Geographic Kids book
Family Camping Set, the grand prize for the summer reading challenge 2022
The Family Camping Set

Grand Prize Family Camping Set

There will be one Grand Prize Family Camping Set given away for the summer reading drawing, and all participants are eligible to win. The set includes:

  • A 4-person tent
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • A propane camping stove
  • The gofindit game, an outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game for families

Find Books to Read

Summer is a great time for kids and adults to read what interests them. Library staff are eager to welcome you into the library and help everyone in your family find their just-right book.

You can also search our catalog online to find books and place a hold to pick them up at your library.

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In our Digital Library, you’ll find great reads with these digital resources:

There is no charge to borrow books from our libraries, whether you grab some titles from our shelves or stream and download eBooks and audiobooks from one of our digital resources.

Remember to log those minutes, whether you’re reading by yourself, listening to an audiobook, or sharing a story with someone you love.

Summer reading is open to everyone, from babies to grownups. Happy reading!

Gwendolyn Haley

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