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Children’s 2020 Winter Reading Challenge

2020 Winter Reading Challenge

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The Nevins Library invites children in kindergarten through 6th grade to participate in this year’s 2020 Winter Reading Challenge.

Log how many minutes you read from February 10, 2020 to March 16, 2020 to earn virtual badges and be eligible for other incentives at school.

It will also help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal.

Your minutes can include reading for schoolwork, of course, but we don’t want this challenge to seem like homework – we hope you’ll find lots of opportunities to read on your own for fun and enjoyment!

The Challenges

  • Reach a personal goal of 480 minutes spent reading! (Just Twenty-Four 20 minute blocks!)
  • Help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal of 100,000 minutes!

How to Participate

It’s easy to sign up and start logging minutes – if you used Beanstack for the Summer already, just login with the same username/password you did before. If you’ve never used it before, register online by following the prompts at Beanstack.org.

Don’t want to have to use a laptop/desktop, you can also use the Beanstack Tracker app for Android and iOS devices on your smartphone (download the app by searching for “Beanstack Tracker” in the App Store or Google Play). It allows you to add books to your log by scanning their ISBN barcodes. and also has a clock to time your reading your sessions and record your minutes.

Keep things interesting by trying a variety of genres and reading platforms during the challenge — fiction and nonfiction books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, whatever suits you best. Besides your own books or school reading, don’t forget that the library has a wide range of books as well as eBooks to choose from, and a librarian can steer you towards what might interest you.

Record your reading time every day in your Beanstack account — you will unlock and earn virtual badges as you progress towards your goal of reading 480 minutes.

If you reach your 480-minute goal before March 16, 2020, congratulations, you did a fantastic job! But, we still need your help to meet our community reading goal of 100,000 minutes. So keep recording the time you spend reading!

Help others find out about new books (and see your progress!) by sharing what you are reading using the hashtag #MethuenReads2020 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


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Bookish Confessions: Just Read!

Okay, seriously folks, we’re a month into 2019 whether I am ready for it or not.  It being February in New England, it is cold, snow is on the horizon, and the greys and browns of the landscape are, well, blah and uninspiring.  Being the summer girl that I am, I don’t believe in waking up before it’s light outside and I would prefer to hibernate in my bed with a slew of good books surrounding me and a hot cup of tea in hand.  That being said, it’s the perfect time to tackle the TBR (to be read) list.

I entered 2019 in a kind of limbo state where I feel neither here nor there. This is reflected in my reading plan for the year:  I want to read ALL the good books out there… kind of like the person who comes into the library asking if we have any “good books” here.  In the past, I printed or downloaded all the reading challenges I could find (GoodReads, BookRiot’s Read Harder challenge, Classics Club challenge, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, etc) and charted my progress in both handwritten and electronic reading logs.  I had a crazy, convoluted reading schedule that involved reading many types of books at once at different times of day and sometimes in different formats.  In the infamous words of Susan Powter, “Stop the Insanity!” (insert gif)  I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO READ ALL THE GOOD BOOKS IN THE WORLD.  And, that’s a good thing really, because it means I won’t ever run out of good books to read.

This year, I pledged on GoodReads to read 100 books, and if they happen to coincide with any other challenges out there, great.  That’s it… nothing too specific. I will simply read books that appeal to me and can ease, excite or inform my mind.  Maybe this will be the year I learn to merely skim a “required” book  (like a book club assignment) when it doesn’t happen to rock my world.  Let this be my reading manifesto for year 2019.

Happy reading!