Summer Reading Challenge
June 15 through August 16
Collect your prizes now! If you've earned any rewards, please stop by the library during open hours to pick up your prizes!
Track your reading, write reviews, and earn badges for completing learning activities, all through our reading challenge website facilitated by Beanstack. You can sign up by visiting https://springfieldmontco.beanstack.org. You can also use the Beanstack mobile app to sign up and track reading; it is available on iOS and Android.
Track your reading from June 15 through August 16. You may sign up at any time and are able to log past days read; you’re not required to log in each day. Participants may read whatever they want and however they want! Physical books, e-books, audiobooks, online books, magazines, etc.; it all counts.
Read to Me
For babies and toddlers
Parents can track the days they read to their child and the early learning activities they do together to earn virtual badges and free books.
For children in preschool through entering 5th grade
Track days read and learning activities completed to earn virtual badges, activity packs, and free books. Reading counts whether the child is reading on their own or someone is reading to them.
We encourage you to track your reading online, either through the website or the mobile app. However, if you do not have access to the internet or a device, we do have a paper reading log available. Copies will be available in the vestibule of the library; please call the library if you need more information.
If you would like paper documents to help your family keep track daily so you can log your reading and activities online later, feel free to use the following:
For help with using Beanstack, see the video tutorials and documents below.
Events and Activities
Virtual storytimes can be viewed on our YouTube channel. No registration required. Visit the channel at the times below to watch the storytime live stream.
June 16 through August 13
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM - Preschool Storytime - suggested for ages 3 and up
Thursdays at 10:30 AM - Toddler Storytime - suggested for ages 1 to 3
Videos will remain online through the summer, but due to copyright considerations, you will need a specific link to our Storytime Playlist to view the videos after their initial live stream. To receive this link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt
New scavenger hunt available each Monday
Find the items related to the fairy tale! We encourage you to take a photo of your items and email it to Miss Amy at email@example.com. We will include them in a photo gallery on our website!
June 15: Little Red Riding Hood
June 22: Jack and the Beanstalk
June 29: Goldilocks
July 6: King Lion's Gifts
July 13: Rapunzel
July 20: Sindbad the Sailor
July 27: Cinderella
August 3: The Princess and the Pea
Imagine Your Story Creation Challenge
New video available each Monday
Suggested for ages 4 to 8
August 3: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Watch a video of Miss Amy telling a favorite folk tale or fairy tale. We’ll also give suggestions for how you can create something related to the story. If you'd like to share your creations, you're welcome to send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer of ME (Meaningful Entertainment) Activities
New activity available each Wednesday
Suggested for ages 8 and up
Discover fun activities, crafts, science, and ideas for things you can do at home!
June 24: Percy Jackson and Greek mythology
Trivia, puzzles, and instructions for how to make your own labyrinth and Greek chariot
July 1: Superhero Science
A science scavenger hunt and suggestions of superhero-themed science experiments and challenges to do at home.
July 8: Mad Libs
Create silly stories out of classic folktales, fairy tales, and summer stories by playing Mad Libs!
July 15: Fractured Fairy Tales
Learn more about how to "fracture" or change a fairy tale and create your own movie poster or write your own book jacket.
July 22: Angry Bird Felt Craft
Make the red Angry Bird out of felt pieces! Download and print the PDF below for instructions and pattern pieces.
July 29: DIY Bow and Arrow
Make your own small and safe bow and arrow with sticks, string, and Q-tips! See the PDF below for materials needed and instructions.
August 5: DIY Mini Catapult
Make a catapult out of craft supplies! Try launching pom-poms, cotton balls, or even mini marshmallows. You can see the PDF below for materials needed and instructions. You may also pick up a pack of supplies and instructions at the library (while supplies last).
Mike Rose Magic
See magician Mike Rose perform a variety of amazing magic tricks related to popular fairy tales and stories!
August 5: The King and Card Tricks
Sidewalk Chalk Art
New prompt available each Friday
We’ll make a suggestion for something you can draw or write using chalk outside. We encourage you to take a photo of your work and email it to Miss Amy at email@example.com. We will include them in a photo gallery on our website!
June 19: Favorite Summer Game or Activity
June 26: Favorite Hero -- it can be a superhero or a real-life person!
July 3: Favorite Thing to Eat at a Cookout
July 10: Favorite Book Character
July 17: Favorite Fairy Tale
July 24: Favorite Book Quote
July 31: Favorite Book
DJ Mixup Improv for Kids
Although we are not able to have DJ Mixup visit us at the library this summer, they created videos of fun improv games featuring YOUR suggestions! The videos are below and will be available on our YouTube channel all summer.
Check out our YouTube channel! You'll learn how to use some of our online resources, can watch tutorials on craft and science projects, and get inspired with creation activities to do at home. Videos feature library staff members!