Dig Deeper June 1 - July 31

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This year, the Summer Reading Program is coming to you! 

For the first time ever, you will be able to log your summer reading through a fun new online service called Beanstack, accessible through our website and an easy-to-use app. 

 All ages are invited to read and earn prizes all summer long. We have Summer Reading Programs for all ages ranging from babies to adults:

Read to Me (Babies-Kindergarten)  |  Kids (Grades 1-6)  |  Teens (Grades 7-12)  |  Adults (Ages 18 & up)

Do you prefer to do Summer Reading the old fashioned way? Sign up by phone (708.453.7645) or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll take down your information and let you know the first goal for your age group. Let us know when you achieve your goals, and we’ll update your progress and enter you for prizes! 

Summer Reading might look a little bit different this year, but we hope adults and kids of all ages will have fun Digging Deeper with us to read, investigate, and discover together. 

How Do I Sign-Up Online?

Ready to sign-up? Follow these quick and easy instructions:

  • Click the Elmwood Park Summer Reading Program banner below
    (or download the Beanstack Tracker app for iOS and Android)
  • Click "Register an Individual or Family."
  • Click "I am registering myself" and fill out the form. 
    Note: You must provide an email address to receive notifications about prize pick-up or delivery this summer.  
  • Click "Next" to add any additional family members.
  • Register for your age group's Summer Reading Program and start reading! 

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Read to Me

This reading program is for babies, toddlers, and kids entering preschool and kindergarten in the fall.

How it works: Count how many minutes you read this summer. Read together for a total of 300 minutes (or 5 hours) to finish this challenge and earn a prize book of your choice and food coupons from local restaurants. Each time you read for an hour, you will get a ticket into one of our raffle prize drawings.

How to log minutes:

  • Make an account on Beanstack, and register for the Read To Me challenge.
  • Click "Log Reading and Activities" in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click on "Minutes"
  • Choose the date that you read
  • Type in the number of minutes you spent reading
  • You can also add in the book's title and author and even write a review of the book (optional).
  • Click "Log"

Kids

This reading program is for kids entering 1st through 6th grade in the fall.

How it works: Count how many minutes you read this summer. Read for a total of 600 minutes (or 10 hours) to finish this challenge and earn a prize book of your choice and food coupons from local restaurants. Each time you read for an hour, you will get a ticket into one of our raffle prize drawings. Remember that reading eBooks and graphic novels, listening to audiobooks, and being read to all count as reading.

How to log minutes:

  • Make an account on Beanstack, and register for the Kids Summer Reading Program challenge.
  • Click "Log Reading and Activities" in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click on"Minutes"
  • Choose the date that you read
  • Type in the number of minutes you spent reading
  • You can also add in the book's title and author and even write a review of the book (optional).
  • Click "Log"

Teens

This reading program is for teens entering 7th through 12th grade in the fall.

How it works: Count how many minutes you read this summer. Read for a total of 900 minutes (or 15 hours) to finish this challenge and earn a prize book of your choice and food coupons from local restaurants. Each time you read for an hour, you will get a ticket into one of our raffle prize drawings. Remember that eBooks, audiobooks, and graphic novels all count as reading.

How to log minutes:

  • Make an account on Beanstack, and register for the Teens Summer Reading Program challenge.
  • Click "Log Reading and Activities" in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click on "Minutes"
  • Choose the date that you read
  • Type in the number of minutes you spent reading
  • You can also add in the book's title and author and even write a review of the book (optional).
  • Click "Log"

Adults

This reading program is for adults aged 18 & Up

How it works: Read two books to enter into our summer reading raffle. You'll earn another raffle entry for every additional book you read. The more you read, the better your chances to win! This year, three lucky winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card in the mail! We will contact the winners the week of August 3rd. Good luck, and happy reading!

How to log your books:

  • Make an account on Beanstack, and register for the Adults Summer Reading Program challenge.
  • Click "Log Reading and Activities" in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Click on "Books"
  • Choose the date that you finished your book.
  • You can type in the book's title and author and even write a review of the book (optional).
  • Click "Log"
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