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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

Summer Programs


Summer Reading 2020 ~ Imagine Your Story

June 1 – July 31, 2020

Children, ages 12 and under, are invited to sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge. Track your reading each day to win prizes and be entered into our prize drawings.

Reading can be tracked via the Beanstack app.  Make sure you are reading at an appropriate reading level. Mark down each day that you meet your reading goal.   Here are the reading goals we recommend:

  • Children who are learning to read or are not yet reading by themselves = Read at least 3 books each day with an adult, sibling, or other reader.
  • Children who are reading by themselves = Read for at least 20 minutes each day.

Complete 30 days of reading to complete the reading program and earn a ticket into one of our prize drawings and a free, limited-edition copy of our summer story featuring Freddy the Frog. (Available while supplies last.) Click here for a list of other prizes.

If you have questions about this program, please email us or message us on Facebook.



Family Summer Fun Challenge 2020

June 1 – July 31, 2020

Altoona Library will be doing a series of weekly challenges for families. You can track your progress on the Beanstack App by signing up for the Family Summer Fun Challenge 2020.  Earn badges for a chance to win a set of tickets to Adventureland Park in Altoona (2 adult and 2 children).

**This program is for children and families**



Imagine Your Story… Teen SRP 2020

June 1 – July 31, 2020

Teens, ages 13-18, can participate in a fun reading challenge for a chance at winning some awesome prizes. There are tons of ways to earn tickets into the Teen Grand Prize Drawing:

  • Read a book every day! Every 5 days you log your reading on the Beanstack app or website, you will earn one ticket (max 6)
  • Write a book review and post it to the Beanstack website
  • Participate in up to 4 activities
    • Recreate a book cover using things you find around the house (submit your photo to
    • Listen to an audiobook
    • Read a modern retelling of a fairy tale or legend
    • Make a time capsule

Each badge you earn will earn you a ticket that you can put into the Teen Grand Prize Drawing. You have to assign your tickets to one of three raffle prizes on the Beanstack app/website.  Each prize is valued at approximately $25. You could win…

  1. Something Artsy
  2. Something Tasty
  3. Something Fun



Adult Summer Reading Journal

June 1 – August 31, 2020

Imagine your own adventure! Log the books you read between June 1 and August 31, 2020 (print, audio & digital) for tickets to enter the drawings for gift cards to local Altoona businesses. You’ll receive 1 ticket when you reach the 5 books read level; 1 ticket when you reach the 10 books level; and 1 extra ticket when completing the program.



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.