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Frequently Asked Questions About the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge

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What’s different this year:

Welcome to the Library!

We’re happy you’ve chosen to bring your group to the library! We want to remind you of a few guidelines to follow while you are visiting:

  • Your adult staff are in charge of supervising the youth in their care while they are here. Please keep your group together and within eyesight of your staff at all times.
  • We will be following the Directed Health Measures for the city. Please make sure you are aware of the current DHM and follow the stated practice. Staff can update you if you need more information.
  • Since most children will not be vaccinated, please keep your group of children together as much as possible and avoid having them mix with other children.

Please sign your group up for the Summer Reading Challenge! It’s quick and easy to do. Our staff can help you do this and your kids can earn great prizes for both registering for, and completing, the program.

Due to the pandemic and the fact that children have not been vaccinated yet, we will not have any large in-person Summer Reading Challenge events in June or July.

We will not be using youth volunteers for our Summer Reading Challenge this year. Please see additional information on our Teen page.

There will be a Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off game with the Lincoln Saltdogs on Friday night, June 11. Everyone who registers for the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a free ticket.

In addition, all registrants will receive a book bag, and a plantable paper bookmark while supplies last.

Tell me more about the plantable bookmarks. These bookmarks are a wildflower mix and contain the following seeds: black-eyed susan, spurred snapdragon, sweet alyssum, bird’s eye, farewell to spring, and dwarf catchfly. Moisten card and plant just under the surface of some soil in a sunny spot. Water regularly until seeds germinate and watch them grow!

Preregister for the challenge between May 21 and May 31 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of 20 – $50 gift cards from Target, Super Saver, Russ’s, Walmart or Hy-Vee.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a coupon sheet for free and reduced-price fun and food, and a free ticket to the Summer Reading Recognition event with the Lincoln Saltdogs on Saturday night, August 14. The Saltdogs event has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 15 at 1:30 p.m.

In addition, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a ticket to a free family pool party at Star City Shores, Saturday, July 31, 10-11:30, or Tuesday, August 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. (if health regulations allow).

How do I register for Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge will start June 1 and you can register by logging into your Beanstack account.

If you need to create an account, it’s fast and easy to do by following the steps on the Beanstack landing page:

  • Click Register an Individual or Family.
  • Click I am registering myself and fill out the form.
  • Click Next to add additional family members.
  • Register for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Begin tracking your reading and activities by clicking on Log Reading and Activities on the top of the page.

Or, you can register using the Beanstack Tracker app.

  • Download app
  • Touch Find Your School or Library.
  • Type in “Lincoln City Libraries”.
  • If you have an account Sign In.
  • If not, touch Sign Up! Enter a User Name and Password
  • Follow the prompts to complete the Registration for you.
  • Touch Add a Reader for additional family members.
  • Touch Challenges at the bottom of the screen and register for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Touch the + to log your reading or activities.

We will be happy to help you set up an account by phone, retrieve your user name, or reset a password if you encounter any problems.

We like to keep track of our reading on paper booklets, and we love stickers. How do we get those?

Come to any Lincoln City Library to get your stickers. Just remember, even if you are using our paper booklets, you still need to be registered in Beanstack.

How do I complete the Summer Reading Challenge?

All registrants need to read for a total of 10 hours and complete 8 reading activities.

You can use the paper booklets to keep track of your reading and activities, but in order to be eligible for prizes, you must have a library staff person check off the completed box in your Beanstack account.

What are the coupon prizes for this year?

As in past years, all age groups will earn coupons for completing the challenge from our generous sponsors for free food, fun activities, and discounts on books and other treats.

Coupons sheets will be available starting June 15, 2021.

ALL AGES completing the Summer Reading Challenge will receive the following coupons:

  • A free ice cream cone from Runza Restaurants
  • One free admission during any public skate session from Breslow Hockey Center
  • $5 off of a $20 or more purchase from HobbyTown
  • 20 minutes of bowling per person, per coupon at 48 Bowl
  • $5 off any order from Piezano’s carryout menu
  • Free admission to a pool party on Saturday, July 31, 10-11:30, or Tuesday, August 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. (if health regulations allow).

Children will receive these additional coupons:

  • FREE Cookie or $0.50 off Dippin’ Dots from Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe during your next visit to Lincoln Children’s Museum
  • A free cheesy burrito from Amigos
  • A free kid’s meal from Slim Chickens
  • A free ride on the Z O & O Railroad at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo
  • A $1.00 off coupon for any Yogurtini treat
  • A State Fair “Read and Win Prize Packet”
  • $3.00 off any purchase of $10.00 or more at Fazoli’s
  • $5.00 of any purchase of $20.00 or more from Francie & Finch Bookshop
  • One free hour of painting (up to a $6 value) at Paint Yourself Silly

Teens will receive these additional coupons:

  • A free cheesy burrito from Amigos
  • A $1.00 off coupon for any Yogurtini treat
  • $3.00 off any purchase of $10.00 or more at Fazoli’s
  • 20% off coupon for A Novel Idea Bookstore
  • One free hour of painting (up to a $6 value) at Paint Yourself Silly

Adults will receive these additional coupons:

  • 20% off coupon for Francie and Finch Bookshop
  • 20% off coupon for A Novel Idea Bookstore
  • 40% off coupon for University of Nebraska Press
  • Buy 2 Get 1 free (good up to $5) from Licorice International
  • FREE 8oz coffee or cookie from Kazoo’s U-Stop Cafe during your next visit to Lincoln Children’s Museum

This summer you can also earn virtual tickets in Beanstack for logging your reading and activities. Put all of your tickets in one prize package — or spread them out over several prizes. Here are the gift certificate prize sets available. These packages are $50 per business, $100 total:

  • Marcus Theatres, Ivanna Cone Ice Cream Shop
  • Prehistoric Putt, Escape the Room
  • Saro Cider, Screamers Dining and Cabaret
  • James Arthur Vineyards, Stur 22 Lounge Caribbean & African Kitchen
  • Embark Pet Company, Paws 4 Fun
  • Corky Canvas, Makit Takit Craft Studio
  • Roca Berry Farm, Lincoln Children’s Museum
  • Scoops Ice Cream Shop, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
  • Gomez Art Supply, A Novel Idea Bookstore
  • La Paz Mexican Restaurant, Francie & Finch Bookshop

* Note: You can only earn tickets by logging your reading time and activities in Beanstack. Library staff will be happy to show you how to do this.

How do I earn tickets?

You earn a ticket:

  • for every 5 hours of reading logged
  • for completing 8 of 20 activities
  • completing the challenge by reading 10 hours total
  • Keep earning tickets for every 5 hours you log up to 100 hours

How and when do we pick up our coupon sheets for completing the program?

Coupon sheets will be available June 15.

If you are logging everything on Beanstack, it will let you know when you have completed the requirements of the program. If you are doing paper only, call the library and let us know you’ve completed the program so we can record it in Beanstack.

County Outreach Sites

In June and July each summer our staff visit several county towns to provide a storytime, books, and Summer Reading Challenge materials at these times and locations.

What’s fun and new this year?

We will be offering Outdoor Library Learning Times at five locations in June and July. Check here for days and times.

Get ready for the WILDEST magic show you’ve ever seen! Jeff Quinn’s Reading Safari has contests, prizes, audience participation and all new magic!

  • Tuesday, July 20: two shows, 10 and 11:00 a.m. Antelope Park Bandshell
  • Thursday, July 22: two shows 10 and 11:00 a.m. Keech Park (next to Eiseley Branch Library)
  • Saturday, July 24: one show 10:30 a.m. Union Plaza Amphitheater

Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page for pop-up activities throughout the summer.

This summer we are encouraging youth and their families to read books from the 2021 edition of our Top 100 Novels for Youth list at This list is a diverse collection of classics, modern favorites, and award winners.

We are also offering a book bundle service. Our staff can create bags of five to ten books on any subject or pull a few book by your favorite author. Call your library or email, or use our handy Book Bundles form.  Give us some time to pull things together, and we’ll give you a call when your bundle is ready for pick-up!