At STPL, we believe in the importance of lifelong learning and reading.  Our reading challenges support our goal to make reading engaging and fun.

STPL offers reading challenges to readers of all ages throughout the year.  These challenges include our annual Summer Reading Challenge and Winter Reading Challenge. Participants in these challenges can earn points, virtual badges, and real prizes for reading and completing fun activities! Even if we don't currently have an active challenge for your age group, you can still track your reading year-round using Beanstack. Beanstack is a free online service that allows readers to log their reading, read and submit book reviews, and receive book recommendations.  Continue reading to see which challenges are currently active and to learn more about Beanstack.


2021 Summer Reading Challenge "Tails & Tales" - Coming Soon on May 28!

Winter Reading Challenge for Grades K-8

Our Winter Reading Challenge is for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Participants can earn points and virtual badges in a variety of ways, including reading, writing book reviews, and completing fun activities. Complete the challenge by earning 250 points!  Everyone who completes the challenge wins a free paperback book to pick up at the library branch of their choice.  We also have two Kindle Fires to give away!  Winners of these grand prizes will be randomly drawn from all participants who complete the 250 point challenge.

Winter Reading Challenge for Ages 19 and Up

Inaugural year of the Adult Winter Reading Challenge!

From January 1st to January 31st, St. Tammany Parish Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore these books, from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds. 

Thousands of libraries across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. Happy reading, St. Tammany!

More About Beanstack

Beanstack is the service STPL uses to create our reading challenges.  This easy to use service allows individuals and families to easily track and log the books they've read and participate in reading challenges.  Even if the library doesn't currently have an active challenge for your age group, you can still use the Beanstack App (available for both Apple and Android Devices) to track your reading year-round.  The service also offers great book recommendations based on reading level and interests.  Even better, recommended titles link directly to the STPL catalog!  To get the app, simply search "Beanstack" in the app store and download it for free!


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