May. 19, 2021

Summer Reading 2021: Tails & Tales

For all ages!

June 1 – June 30

Register Online
Virtual Programming Page

Read and Win Prizes

The library challenges kids, teens and adults to read this summer for a chance to earn grand prizes like a $100 Amazon gift card! We have a challenge for each age group that runs from June 1st – June 30th. Pre-registration starts May 24th. There will be reading challenges, take and make kits and virtual events for all ages.

The Challenge

To be eligible to enter the grand prize drawing, participants must complete the challenge by reading and logging the required amount of time for their age group. (Grade levels listed below are for the upcoming school year.)  Teens and adults must also write a book review.

  • Kids (birth – 5th grade) – Read or be read to for 7 hours. No book review required. For kids not yet reading, being read to counts; for kids not ready to use computers, parents or siblings can complete the logging. 
  • Teens (6th – 12th grade) – Read for 11 hours and submit 1 book review.
  • Adults (18+) – Read for 11 hours and submit 1 book review.

Step 1: Register

Pre-registration begins May 24th. This year we have three options.

  • Option 1: Register online through Beanstack. If you already have a Beanstack account, there’s no need to create a new one. Simply log into your existing account to access the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. If you don’t have a Beanstack account, do the following:
    1. Go to https://ngrl.beanstack.org
    2. Click on “Register an individual or family.” Please, one account per household. You can have multiple readers of all ages under one account.
    3. Fill in the requested information for each member of your household and submit.
    4. Select your challenge.
  • Option 2: Go mobile. Download the free Beanstack Tracker app on from the App Store or Google Play and search for the “Northwest Georgia Regional Library System” as your site.
  • Option 3: Visit your local branch in-person and get a paper log. This can be done through curbside services if building access is limited. Please check our Facebook Pages for the most up-to-date hours pinned to the top of the page.

Step 2: Track Your Reading

You have two options to log your reading:

  • Option 1: Log your reading online. Go to https://ngrl.beanstack.org or use the Beanstack Tracker mobile app. Go to the “Logging Badges” page and enter the time read, title and author of the book. You can enter minutes or hours read. For each hour you complete, a badge icon will change from gray to full color and appear in the “Earned Badges” tab. All badges must be earned by June 30th.
  • Option 2: Log your reading by paper. If you signed up at the library and asked for a paper log, you can track your reading that way. Paper logs must be turned into the library by June 30th at library close. Paper logs must have the following information: First namelast name, age or grade, school (if applicable), library branch, and phone number. If you have questions about paper logs, please call 706-876-1360.

What to Read

Anything you want — books, eBooks, magazines, comics, manga, articles, audiobooks, and more.

Prizes

Grand prize winners in each age group will be notified by July 15th. Certificates and grand prizes can be picked up at your local library after July 15th.

Virtual Programs

We will offer virtual programs such as crafts, storytimes, workshops and performers, open to everyone via YouTube, Zoom and our branches’ social media pages:

Virtual Programming Page — Registration is required for Zoom events.

Take and Make Kits

Take and make kits will be given out at each branch throughout the summer while supplies last.

Partnerships

Wrapped Up in Reading — kids and teens can read five (5) books from the reading list and fill out the diary. Parents can then sign, scan, and email the list to Sojourner Hunt at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta for a prize packet! The packet will be mailed to families.

Why Participate?

Library summer reading programs are designed to encourage:

  • Spending more time reading over the summer
  • Improving reading and vocabulary skills
  • Increasing enjoyment of reading
  • Increasing motivation to read
  • Increasing confidence in reading
  • Ensuring kids return to school ready to learn and avoid the “Summer Slide”

Have Questions about Summer Reading?

Call 706-876-1360 or reach out via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Author

Betsy Powell
Librarian at Dalton-Whitfield Regional Library
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