Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading Challenge

June 17 – September 1, 2020

This year, join us for a brand new Summer Reading Challenge hosted online! Visit our new website to participate, or download the free Beanstack Tracker app on the iOS App Store or Google Play (and then search Chelmsford Public Library) to register yourself or your family and log your reading! The program doesn’t officially begin until June 17, but pre-registration is open now!

Join Here!

Rules: Open to kids from 0-18. Earn rewards for every seven days that you read (or practice reading). That might mean picking up a book, graphic novel or magazine, listening to someone read to you, or even playing reading or literacy games. Try to engage with reading for 15 minutes every day, and be sure to log your progress!

Adults can have fun tracking their reading and earning rewards too! Find out more here.

Rewards: When you have read for seven days (it doesn’t have to be in a row), you’ll earn rewards! For every seven days that you read, you’ll get to choose a pinback button (check out just a few of the choices below), and you’ll also earn a digital ticket for the Grand Prize Drawing! Don’t forget to spend it on this site. A winner will be drawn on Monday, September 7 by 5PM.

Activities: If you want to challenge yourself this summer, try to complete and log an activity from our list! That includes things like making art inspired by something you read, recreating a book cover with items (and people) in your house, or writing a book review. You can complete each activity (or write a book review) once and earn a badge and raffle entry for each one!

And remember…

Listening counts! No one is too young to participate in Summer Reading! Caregivers can record the time spent reading to children. If one child reads to another child, the time counts for both. Listening to audio books counts as well.

Read what you enjoy! Chelmsford Public Schools have no required books for children entering grades K-4. You can read anything you want, including books, magazines, comics, and graphic novels.

Grand Prizes

Baby/Toddler Prize Basket

Includes one Panda Crate, a board book, and a stuffed toy/blanket! Developed especially for infants and toddlers, Panda Crate includes products designed to help babies learn by doing what they do best–play & explore their world! They also include a magazine and activity cards to provide parents with the most effective strategies and helpful tips to promote healthy childhood development.

Book Fans’ Prize Basket (1)

Includes a $25 gift card for the Concord Bookshop in Concord, MA, a tote bag, and a few mystery goodies to enjoy while you read!

Book Fans’ Prize Basket (2)

Includes a $25 gift card for the Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, MA, a tote bag, and a few mystery goodies to enjoy while you read!

Coffee Lovers’ Prize Basket

Includes a $25 gift card for the Java Room in Chelmsford, MA and a few mystery goodies to enjoy with your coffee!

Doodle Crate

Includes one Doodle Crate, a mystery box designed for ages 9+ that includes all the materials and inspiration for an art or craft project! (Please note, the project pictured is an example box–the actual contents of your box are a mystery even to us!)

Fun with Art Prize Basket

Includes a $25 gift card for Plaster Fun Time in North Chelmsford, MA, a sketchbook, and a box of 64 crayons!

OwlCrate

Includes one OwlCrate, a mystery box containing one brand new hardcover young adult novel (may be intended for ages 14+), as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for a literary adventure. Every box will be built with a super fun and creative theme in mind, and it will also include special goodies right from the author! (Please note, pictured is an example box–the actual contents of your box are a mystery even to us!)

OwlCrate Jr.

Includes one OwlCrate, a mystery box containing one brand new hardcover middle grade novel (intended for ages 9+), as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for a literary adventure. Every box will be built with a super fun and creative theme in mind, and it will also include special goodies right from the author! (Please note, pictured is an example box–the actual contents of your box are a mystery even to us!)

Playtime Fun Prize Basket

Includes a $25 gift card for LochNess Playcenter in Chelmsford, MA and a few mystery goodies for fun outdoor play!

Snack Lovers’ Pack

Includes a $25 gift card for Trailside Ice Cream in Chelmsford, MA and a few mystery snacks and sweets to share… or keep for yourself!

Tinker Crate

Includes one Tinker Crate, a mystery box designed for ages 9+ that includes all the materials and inspiration for a science and engineering project! (Please note, the project pictured is an example box–the actual contents of your box are a mystery even to us!)

Thank you!

Funding for Beanstack, prizes, program materials, and performers is generously provided by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library.