Winter Reading Challenges Online

LAWTON – Lawton Public Library is launching new reading challenges with Beanstack – a new software and online platform that allows individuals to sign up for challenges, contests, and other fun trivia, such as Winter @ the Library, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and more!

Individuals can access Beanstack at lawtonok.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack App via iTunes or the Google Play store. In the app, users should select Organization Type and choose from School, Library, or Bookstore. Then, they should Click on ‘Find a Site’ and enter 'Lawton Public Library.' After selecting Lawton Public Library, they may sign up. In Beanstack, readers can earn virtual badges by tracking books or minutes spent reading, and by completing activities to earn real prizes.

“Smitten with Reading” is the theme for the 2021 Winter @ the Library initiative. To participate, individuals may sign up and log reading from January 1 – 31. There is a challenge for all ages, from children to adults.

*Kids and teens that complete five books during the month of January and receive one free book, a small prize, (while supplies last) and one entry into the drawing. Eager readers may read five more books and complete the activities for additional entries into the drawing!

*Adults can read books to receive raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift basket.
The library is also launching Read 500, 100 Books Before High School, and 100 Books by Graduation. These are ongoing challenges.
Read 500
Participants: Grades K-3
Goal: Read or be read to for 500 minutes a month each school year.
100 Books Before High School
Participants: Grades 4-8
Goal: Read 100 books
100 Books by Graduation
Participants: Grades 9-12
Goal: Read 100 books

In addition to these new challenges, 1,000 Books before Kindergarten and the Book Mateys Reading Patch Club are now available through Beanstack. There are a variety of incentives and rewards to each challenge.

“Beanstack is easy to use," said Tanya Organ, Youth Services Librarian. "Just register and the software will walk you through the challenges. The library will continue to offer new challenges throughout the year. Although there is currently limited access to the library due to the pandemic, we still encourage customers to sign up for the challenges.”
Organ reminds citizens that books can also be requested and picked up curbside, in addition to the audio and e-books available through Hoopla and OverDrive.

Funding for the software and prizes is paid for through the financial support of The Friends of the Lawton Public Library.

For more information or to receive help with registration or Beanstack, contact the Lawton Public Library at 580-581-3450 extension 5 or email libraryhelp@lawtonok.gov.
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