Use this link to register and track reading!

Alternatively, use the Beanstack app to track your reading. Instructions are below in the FAQ section.

When does the fun begin?

Summer Reading registration begins Monday, June 15, 2020.

The Summer Reading Program ends on Friday, July 31. Prize winners will be drawn on Saturday, August 1, and contacted on Monday, August 3.

What is summer reading?

Summer Reading is a national program designed to encourage children of all ages to read throughout summer break. Studies have shown that when children read, it increases vocabulary, curiosity, and memory, creates opportunities to build listening skills, and forms a foundation for scholastic success. One of the goals of the Shelby County Public Library is to inspire life-long learning, and one of the first steps towards that is our summer reading program.

Has summer reading changed this year?

We have made adjustments to this year’s Summer Reading Program to ensure the safety of our patrons and community. Click here to download an informational packet, but the most pertinent changes are listed below.

  • Summer reading will be conducted online through the company Beanstack. A physical reading log will be available for those without internet access at home.
  • We will not host in-person events associated with summer reading this year.
  • Grab-and-Go kits will be available for pick up on Monday mornings. Reserve your kit here.
  • For every 60 pages read, participants will earn two entries to win one of five great prizes: AirPods, a Nintendo Switch, a bicycle, a Samsung tablet, and a toddler-themed basket.

How to complete the Summer Reading program

  • Log your reading online or through the Beanstack app. (A paper reading log is available for those without reliable internet access. Contact us to request the paper reading log.)
  • Read at least 600 pages, which is about 20 picture/board books, five juvenile chapter books, or three young adult novels.

Daycares and Summer Reading

The Bookmobile is not servicing daycares, long-term care facilities (ie, nursing homes), or community stops for the foreseeable future. Daycares who would like to register their classes must do so themselves using the Group Registration option in Beanstack.

Contact the Outreach Services Librarian, Rebecca, at or by phone at (502) 633-3803 if you have questions.

Thank you to Commonwealth Bank & Trust for sponsoring this year’s Summer Reading Program!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is an online system to participate in our programs, like Summer Reading or the Adult Winter Read. It’s free to use and allows you to register once and keep an account for all of our literacy programs. Click here to register for Summer Reading!

Is there an app?

Yes! Beanstack has a free app that allows you to quickly and easily track your reading.

Does my library card number work with Beanstack?

No. You must register with Beanstack with your email address to use Beanstack. The registration process is simple and allows you to register multiple readers (your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.) at the same time. Click here to register.

Why is summer reading all online this year?

We are an increasingly digital society, and our Summer Reading Program is continuously updated to reflect changes in the world. Additionally, Summer Reading is being conducted online in order to minimize personal contact and reduce the chance of transmission of the coronavirus.

We will have paper reading logs for those who do not have internet access at home, as well as craft kits, available to pick up at the Library.

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