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Reading Challenges

Altoona Public Library has reading challenges for all ages.  Sign up with Beanstack or download the free app to participate in the fun and win prizes. New to Beanstack? Click below for a tutorial.


Beanstack Tutorial



Let’s Review

Summer is over and it’s back to school season. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s important to remember to read for fun! Let us know about the books you love. Earn a badge for every 5 reviews you post in the Beanstack app.

Don’t want to write a review? There’s an option to upload an image to the review, so you can draw a picture of what you thought of the book–a great option for little kids! If you want to get fancy, you could even take a photo dressed as a character or reenacting a scene!

Each badge will automatically get you one entry into a drawing for the chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. Winners will be announced the first week of November.



Ongoing Programs


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is an ongoing program for toddlers and preschoolers.  We challenge you to read 1000 books to your child before they enter kindergarten.

Children who make it to 1000 books will be able to have their photo in the newspaper and receive a certificate. If you are unable to come in to the library and want your child’s photo in the paper, you can contact Sheila Olson for details on submitting photos.

For more information about this program, visit the official website for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.



Read Woke at Home

Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE.

Enjoying this challenge? Send a kind tweet to Cicely Lewis and let her know! @cicelythegreat 

Read more about Cicely’s movement here.