Summer Reading Challenge

​​​​The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual initiative to engage readers of all ages in reading throughout the summer months. Summer Reading Challenge benefits school age children who may be at risk for the loss of reading skills during the summer break and encourages reluctant readers with reading incentives. It is also great fun for all ages!
Please take a quick 3-minute survey about the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge.

The 2018 Summer Reading Challenge begins on June 11, 2018 and ends on August 4, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Sign up now for our reading tracking software, Beanstack, and receive reading recommendations. VBPL also offers two year-round reading programs, the Reading Marathon for adults and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for kids, birth to 5. Start logging now in Beanstack to earn more prizes in these programs!

Sign Up or Log In to Beanstack - If you have created a Beanstack account for a previous reading program, you do not need to create a new one. Click "forgot your password" if you need assistance signing in.

Read whatever you want! You can count books, comic books, magazines, newspapers in print or digital formats. Audiobooks count, too!

Program Details


​Reading Incentives:

  • 5 books - Free book
  • 10, 20 and 40 books - Prize wheel spin
  • 50 books - Sand animal bean bag toy

Super Reader Badge

  • Read for 20 minutes a day, 5 days every week this summer and unlock an invitation to the Super Reader Celebration at the Virginia Aquarium on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


​Reading Incentives:

  • 3 books - $12.00 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • 10 books - Raffle entry for $20 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • 20 books - Raffle entry for $40 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • Participate in the activity badges to be entered in raffles for a variety of cool prizes!


​Read for 20 hours and receive a Friends totebag and a $1.00 coupon to the Friends shop. Don't stop there! The more you read, the better chance you have of winning a raffle prize.

​Thanks to the Friends of the Virginia Beach Public Library for their continued support of our annual Summer Reading Challenge, and to the Virginia Beach Library Foundation! They make it all possible!

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