Dive into reading this summer with our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge.

Our Summer Reading Challenge is for readers of all ages.

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The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities, so you can expect fun, ocean-themed programs all Summer long!

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Here is everything you need to know to participate:

Challenge Dates: May 15th – Aug. 15th (Pre-registration begins on May 1st)
How to Participate: Create or log into an existing Beanstack account here, register for GCPL’s Summer Reading Challenge, and earn prizes by reading and completing activities.
Check out the Beanstack App! Tracking your challenge progress is easier than ever with the Beanstack app. Find it in the App Store and the Google Play Store and keep up-to-date with library fun all summer long.
Make Summer Magical: Gwinnett’s favorite magician, Ken Scott, will be performing at each branch this summer from July 18-27. See our events calendar to find out when he will be at a branch near you.

Track Your Reading: Earn Book Badges by logging the books you read this summer On Beanstack. Every book counts, even if it’s the same one over and over!
Activities and Events: Learning happens through doing as much, as it does by reading. Find fun storytime events for your little ones all summer. We have in-branch as well as virtual options, and even a few storytimes at the Splash Pads at Graves and E.E. Robinson county parks.
Prizes: To earn books and entries into our Grand Prize drawing, all you need to do is log the books you read.

      • Log 25 Books: Win a free book!
      • Log 50 Books: Win a second free book!
      • Log 75 Books: Win a third free book and one entry into the Grand Prize drawing!
      • Log 100 Books: Win a fourth free book and an additional entry into the Grand Prize drawing!
Grand Prize! Be entered in a drawing to win an annual pass for a family of four to the Georgia Aquarium.

How It Works: Earn points, win prizes!
Earning Points: Log the time you spend reading this summer. Every minute you read earns you a point (1 minute = 1 point). To achieve your goal a bit faster, explore our Activity Badges where you can earn even more points for learning, doing, and exploring!
Activities and Events: Learn more about ocean animals, pirates, surfing, and more by completing virtual Activity Badges. Check Beanstack to find our badges and see if you can collect them all!
Puppet Shows! Attend our kick-off puppet shows featuring ocean-themed stories. Our puppets will be visiting all branches from June 3rd – June 8th.
Check our events calendar to find out when we will be swimming into your neighborhood.
Crafts: Pick up a free Take & Make supply kit to make some ocean-themed bookmarks at home. Available July 11- 17 at a branch near you, while supplies last. Limit 5 per family. (All ages.)
Prizes: To earn books and entries into our Grand Prize drawings, all you need to do is log the minutes you spend reading.

  • 350 Points: Win a free book if you are 18 and under.
  • 700 Points: Win a second free book if you are 18 and under.
  • 1400 Points: Win a third free book if you are 18 and under. Everyone gets one entry into our Grand Prize drawing!
  • 3200 Points: Win a fourth free book if you are 18 and under. Everyone gets another entry into our Grand Prize drawing!
  • Every 300 additional points beyond 3200 earns you another entry into the Grand Prize drawing! (Max 5 entries per participant)
Grand Prize! Grand Prize winners will receive an annual membership for a family of four to the Georgia Aquarium!
Be sure to visit a branch this summer so you can participate in ocean related crafts, games, STEM activities and more for kids and teens. Check our events calendar for programs at your local branch.

You can also register for our virtual summer camp for kids and teens where you can find

tons of cool things to do and learn about the ocean.

Presented by Youth Services