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Frequently Asked Questions About the Winter Reading Challenge

Lincoln City Libraries is again asking the community to participate in a national reading challenge sponsored by Beanstack, a web and mobile application used by Lincoln City Libraries to track self-directed reading time and help build a culture of reading in libraries and at home.  From January 1st to January 31st, Lincoln City Libraries will participate in Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge. We challenge our patrons to read at least 2.5 million minutes during the month and keep track of their reading at Here 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.

NEW THIS YEAR! We are challenging classrooms to sign up as a group and add their classroom reading to our total. The five classrooms with the highest number of minutes recorded will win a pizza party for their classroom in February.

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.

Here’s additional information about the challenge.