Summer Learning Challenge
June 7 – July 30, 2021
How Does it Work?
Who can participate? Anyone ages 0-99
What do participants need to do? Participants need to earn 5 badges by keeping track of their reading, leaving book reviews and/or completing specific activities at Beanstack.
Log Your Activities
Pick up a Reading Colors Your World Genre Challenge log at any Botetourt County Library branch.
Completing only the paper version does not allow you any access to your account. For more information refer to the FAQ below.
New Feature on Beanstack
This year we are excited to announce a new way to keep up with what your friends and family are reading. Beanstack has introduced a new feature called Friends and Leaderboards. Readers can add other readers on our library’s Beanstack site as friends. Friends can then view each other’s reading logs, challenge histories, and earned badges, as well as compete on their leaderboards. Follow this link to find out how to add your friends today!
Why Summer Learning?
For decades, librarians have dedicated their Summers to making sure that children do not fall behind on their reading by challenging them to read a certain amount of books or hours. Over time, we have realized that just reading does not always appeal to everyone and doesn’t have as big of an impact as we would like. Kids, teens and adults need to stay engaged through all sorts of activities, where reading can be a part of the fun, but not all of it.
This year we have designed our digital Summer challenge to revolve around learning. We have divided our activity badges into five categories: Develop Creativity, Explore Art, Find Beauty in Diversity, Try New Things, and our Reading Trail. Under each of these categories you will find suggestions for activities, adventures and readings to keep you and your family entertained and engaged all Summer.
And for those of you who just want the basic reading for reading’s sake, we have you covered. You can keep track of everything you read, reading duration and you can even leave reviews that are shared on our site.
What Can I Win if I Participate?
This year we are able to offer some more amazing incentives to reward you and your family for all your hard work. For web links and in-depth information head over to botetourtva.beanstack.org and check out the ticket drawings tab under the Reading Colors Your World Challenge.
Participants can earn 5 badges all in one category (such as leaving reviews) or earn a combination of 5 badges from all three categories. For every badge a participant earns, they will be rewarded digital tickets to use in our Raffle Drawing. Want more chances to win? You don’t have to stop at five! You can keep earning badges and tickets until July 30th.
Can a grandparent or caregiver sign their children/grandchildren up?
Yes, we highly encourage other family members to help a child reach their reading goals. (*They need to make sure a child has not already signed up with another family member). Accounts can be shared amongst a family using a share code. To set up your share code follow the instructions here: https://zoobean.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360012192313-Share-a-reader-What-is-a-share-code-
What if we don’t have a computer, internet access or an email account?
We can create an account for you, but won’t ever be able to access this account yourself. Visit any Botetourt County library branch to pick up your reading log.
What if I don’t want to participate digitally?
We understand that not everyone wants or has the capability to participate in our digital challenge through Beanstack. If you don’t have a computer, you can use ours or we can create an account for you, but you won’t ever be able to access it yourself. If you do not want to participate digitally at all, we do have a paper version of our Reading Colors Your World Genre Challenge. You can get your reading log at any Botetourt County Library branch.
Can I still win the kayak, Nintendo Switch, and other amazing prizes listed if I don’t participate online?
Unfortunately, not participating online will exclude you from the prizes listed. Those that participate online will need to complete other activities aside from the Reading Colors Your World Genre Challenge in order to be eligible for the big prizes.
Those that participate in the paper version only will be eligible to win an art-themed gift basket. Each of the four Botetourt County Library branches will be awarding one of their lucky patrons at the end of July.
Will You Have Programming This Year?
As guidelines change we will be looking into outdoor in-person programming ideas. Please check back regularly to see the fun and exciting things we have planned for you and your family. See the section on Virtual Programming below for some fun online challenges!
Learning Activity Kits
This year we are introducing a new feature to our Summer Learning Challenge, Learning Activity Kits. Our activity badges are filled with some cool experiments, outdoor challenges and STEM/STEAM activities. We have chosen one activity from each of our activity badges to highlight this Summer and put all of the supplies together in a kit. The best thing is, you don’t have to wait week-to-week to pick up your kits. We have put all 4 kits into a bundle that includes some awesome incentives, like bubbles and markers!
How do I get my kit?
We will start handing out these activity kits starting June 7th @ 10am. Supplies are limited so we suggest you act fast.
Can I reserve a kit? With limited supplies, we cannot allow you to reserve a kit.
How many kits can I get? Kits are limited to one per child. Your child must be present in order to get their kit.
What if you run out of kits before I get there? You can still participate in our Summer Learning Challenge. The activities listed in Beanstack are all easy to do at home, with limited space and with limited money. You can also print instructions to our highlighted activities below.
Are kits just for kids? Not exactly. We do have kits geared for kids and kits geared for teens. We do not have kits geared for adults. The activities highlighted are fun for the whole family though and can be replicated without the kits from the library.
FEATURED LEARNING ACTIVITY KITS
Click on the links to find printable sets of instructions and video tutorials.
Kids (Ages 3-11)
Teens (Ages 12-18)
This year we have four new geocaches that correlate to our Summer Learning theme Reading Colors Your World. Our geocaches will have you exploring influential people in the world of art. To find out the locations of our geocache login to your Beanstack account and register for the Reading Colors Your World challenge.
Virtual Programming from Page Turner Adventures
Through donations from our Friends of the Library groups we are able to provide you with some exciting virtual programming with Page Turner Adventures. You can access the videos through our website and by participating in our digital challenge at botetourtva.beanstack.org
Find out more about Page Turner Adventures Here!
Botetourt County Libraries StoryWalk®
Location: Botetourt Sports Complex Walking Track
Available: Starting June 7, 2021
What is a StoryWalk®?
StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children -and adults- to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. StoryWalk® is a series of signs featuring sequential pages of a children’s picture book.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.
What will you see on your walk?
Our StoryWalk® is much more than just a picture book. We have incorporated guided questions to help you and your child connect to the story and have an open discussion. We are featuring the entire book in both English and Spanish!
How to use the StoryWalk®
Use the StoryWalk® to connect with yourself and your family.
- Start at the beginning, located on the fencing to the right of the main entrance of the Botetourt Sports Complex.
- Follow the pages around the track.
- Pages rotate between book pages in English, book pages in Spanish and cultural diversity/acceptance highlights.
Know that you are going to walk more than one lap?
- Read the book pages in English during your first lap (warm-up).
- Read the book pages in Spanish on your second lap (work up a sweat).
- Enjoy the local wildlife pages on your third lap (cool-down).
What is this summer’s book?
Will there be more StoryWalks® closer to my library branch?
We sure do hope so! The Botetourt Sports Complex was our first official StoryWalk. It went so well last year, we decided to do it again. We have plans to rotate the StoryWalk to other locations throughout the summer. Stay tuned for updates.
We have many ideas, but also want to hear from you. If you like what you see this summer, contact email@example.com to discuss future projects.
This program is made possible through the fundraising efforts of our Friends of the Library groups and donations from our community and the Mid Atlantic Library Alliance. Thank you for your continued support.
If you want to know how you can donate to the Summer Learning Challenge or any other library event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.