Reading Programs

Challenge yourself!

Set and achieve reading goals with your library! We now offer digital reading and learning challenges through Beanstack. These programs are designed to encourage and celebrate literacy. 

To participate in any of these reading programs or educational activities, simply click this link to register and select the challenge(s) you would like to do! You can also use a handy app to participate. It is named Beanstack Tracker, and it allows you to easily scan the books you have read. Click here for the Android app or here for the iOS app.

If you have any difficulties, please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Current PCPLS Reading Programs:

2020 Read the Year Challenge


Can you read the year in minutes? Starting September 1st, readers will have the chance to challenge themselves to reading a total of 2,020 minutes by the end of 2020!

If you read just over 16 minutes every day, you can be one of the epic readers to complete this challenge. Along the way, you’ll earn badges for major events in world history, all the way up to the year 2020. It’s a “challenge for the ages” AND for all ages!

Readers who are able to finish the 2020 Read the Year challenge will earn a unique finisher’s medal commemorating their achievement.

You may log minutes read on Beanstack or you may use a paper log.

1000 Books before Kindergarten


Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little one! Log reading, earn badges and prizes all along the way.

Did you know that children who are read to are better prepared for school and continue to succeed throughout their academic career? It’s never too early to share the pleasure of reading!

Read any book to a newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your child starts kindergarten. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 1,095 books in three years! After certain goals are reached your child can come into the library and claim a prize.

You may log books you and your child read on Beanstack or you may use a paper log. We offer printable paper logs available at this link.

Now available on Beanstack: our Super Sibling program!

Do you have a young reader at home who wants to help a participant reach their 1000 Book goal? (This is a great way for more advanced siblings to practice their reading skills!)

Children who read at least 50 books aloud to sibling(s) enrolled in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program will receive a special Super Sibling certificate, a Super Sibling button, and a library book bag.

Super Siblings may register and log books on Beanstack or may use a paper log. We offer printable paper logs available at this link. Once you reach 50 books, visit any PCPLS location to claim your prizes!

Summer Reading Challenge

June 1st – July 31st

Escape into a great book this summer! Enter up to 10 book titles to earn badges & chances to win fun prizes! The whole family is invited to discover (or rediscover!) the joy of reading with our simple 8-week program.


Coming soon


The Summer Reading Program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Porter County Library System. 

Have questions about our reading programs?

Let the PCPLS staff know!