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Frequently Asked Questions About the Winter Reading Challenge

Winter Reading ChallengeHere are answers to some of the questions we’ve had about the Winter Reading Challenge.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a Beanstack account can participate in the challenge, including daycare groups. Families can log the reading they do together, and as individuals. So, if mom reads aloud to two of her kids for a half hour Saturday night, they each get 30 minutes of time. If on Sunday, she has an hour to herself, and dives into a good book, she can log that reading time also for herself. Remember, only time logged between January 1 and January 31 counts for the challenge.

How do the incentives work?

Everyone who registers gets a Dairy Queen coupon and a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite eReader. Those with the highest number of minutes from January 1-January 31 will be entered into a drawing for one of ten, $50.00 gift cards from The Mill, Francie and Finch, Barnes and Noble and Marcus Theaters.

Can parents log their Library Learning Times sessions as “reading” time?

Yes. If families are registered for the reading challenge, and they bring their children to a Library Learning Time (storytime), they can log that time as reading time.

Can groups log reading time?

Yes. Just like in the summer, a daycare or other group can register their kids for the challenge and log their time; either time that someone is reading to them, or time the children read on their own.

What do we mean by “Readers who log the most minutes will be entered into a drawing to win one of 10, $50.00 gift certificates for books, coffee, movies, or music.”

If there are 10 people clearly at the top in minutes, those 10 will win the gift certificates. If there are more than 10 that have the same amount of time, there will be a drawing among that group.

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading time?

Yes, just like in the summer, participants can log time spent listening to a book.

I’m having trouble logging minutes on my iPhone / iPad. What do I do?

We are aware that some people trying to log time on their iOS devices are experiencing difficulty with the cursors jumping around and the camera opening unexpectedly. This has to do with the operating system on the iPhone or iPad and its incompatibility with some web pages when they are in their mobile format. The camera problem occurs because the site now has the ability to scan barcodes instead of typing in titles.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. All we need are the minutes logged, the title is optional, so you can skip that step.
  2. Try a few times to log minutes. If the keyboard appears, you should be able to enter the number of minutes, even if the cursor isn’t in the minutes field.
  3. Wait until you have access to a non-iOS tablet or desktop computer before you log minutes.
  4. Library staff can log minutes for you on our library computers.

Here’s additional information about the challenge.