Summer Reading Program

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Summer Fun for Everyone - June 1 through July 31

Whether you are a kid, teen, or adult, you can participate in a reading program for your age group. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!  This summer all our programs will be virtual.  Several craft programs will include packets you can choose to pick up curbside if you don’t already have the supplies at home.

Performers, crafts and storytimes oh my! June 1 through July 25
Enjoy watching special performer videos and craft videos led by your favorite librarians June 1 through July 25.

Prizes?  Did someone say prizes? Read for 20 hours between June 28 and July 31 to earn badges and entries for the grand prizes!
Babies, Children and Teens: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. You will also get a prize pack when you complete 20 hours of reading and turn in the final log. If you are using Beanstack there is no need to print anything.  And you earn badges along the way!  

Adults: For every 5 hours you read you get a badge in Beanstack, and an entry into the grand prize drawing. 

Everyone can continue logging their reading hours, up to 40 hours or until July 31, to gain more entries into the grand prize drawings.

Grand prize: Chromebooks!  Drawings for a Chromebook for children, for teens and for adults will be held in late August.  Babies will get an age appropriate grand prize. Max number of entries is 8 per person.

Reading logs and Beanstack: Beginning June 28, you can choose to record your time using a paper reading log or by using our online reading challenge site made by Beanstack.  

Welcome to our reading challenge site.  Here you can create an account for yourself and for your children.  Once created, you can start logging your summer reading to earn badges and entries in the grand prize drawings.

  • Choose the registration option that’s right for you (Family, Individual or Group) and create an account.
  • Select a reading challenge: "2020 Youth Summer Reading Challenge" or "2020 Adult Summer Reading Challenge"
  • Beginning June 28, enter your time spent reading and start earning badges and rewards! Each badge means that you have read for 5 hours! For every 5 hours you read, you earn one entry into the grand prize drawing.

Beanstack App

  • Search for "Beanstack" in your app store or marketplace and download the app
  • Say yes to "Does your school or library use beanstack?"
  • Enter "Garland" when prompted for your location
  • Choose "Nicholson Memorial Library System" from the list
  • Create an account or enter your email and password

What does "Share Code" mean?
Share codes give you the ability to link your account to a profile that someone else set up. 

Niche green arrow graphicBeanstack Video Tutorial

Reading Logs
You can still track your summer reading using a paper log. Print out the appropriate reading log and bring it to your library the week of July 31 or when you complete 20 hours of reading.  Kids and teens will get a prize pack after 20 hours of reading but there will not be weekly prizes.

Children’s Reading Log (PDF)

Registro de lectura para niños (PDF)

Adult Reading Log (PDF)

For more information about the children’s and teen reading programs, please call 972-205-2516. For information about the adult reading program, please call 972-205-2502.

Children’s Summer reading Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

A drawing of Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf dressed as Grandma sitting on a stack of books readSummer Escape Room: The Wolf that wasn’t so bad

You’re a wolf. You’ve been sleeping and you wake up and you’re in someone’s home. It’s Grandma’s house!  Use clues to get to the straw house, the stick house, the brick house and then back to mom and dad.

This is a “digital escape room” on google forms.  

Teen/Tween Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

Teen Program - Geeky Terrariums

Teens will get to create a geeky terrarium from a mason jar and any geeky figurines and accessories they have at home. On Tuesday, July 29, teens will watch a Facebook Live video of staff creating a terrarium. Teens will be shown how 

to create a scene in their terrarium with the materials they have at home – fishing wire, paper, hot glue, sand, rocks, etc. Teens can then create their own terrariums.

Supplies needed:
Fishing wire
Hot glue/hot glue gun
Mason Jars 

Adult Programs

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Past Programs

Adult Informational Program: Resume Basics

Get some tips on how to create a #resume, find templates, and avoid common mistakes from Jenna, one of our Adult Services Librarians.