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Winter Reading Challenge

#WinterRead2021: Books Like Us 

Jan 1, 2021 – Jan 31, 2021 

From January 1st to January 31st, Botetourt County Libraries will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore these books, from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds.  

We challenge our patrons/students to read at least 10,000 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at  

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Botetourt County! 

Visit to register.


How can I participate?  If you created an account for any of our other reading challenges, log into your existing Beanstack account. If you have not created an account, do so at or on the Beanstack App.

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Is there something specific a participant needs to read?  Nope. You can read whatever you like (fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, kids’ books, magazines, newspapers….anything). Simply remember to log your minutes. 

Will participants earn badges? Yes, participants will earn badges for up to 10 hours of reading.  There are also 8 activity badges available to introduce everyone to the participating authors.  

What is the prize? Participants are helping Botetourt County libraries earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. 

What if a mom reads a book to her kids or a sibling reads to another sibling, can they count those minutes for both individuals?  YES!!!  Remember, every minute counts.  Make sure you log those minutes for everyone. 

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