Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading 2021

Read With Us This Summer!

Books and reading connect us when we’re together or separated—and wow, what a year it has been! The libraries are operating with an “Express Services” model that will open branches for short periods of time at reduced capacity, and we are excited to serve you again with this year’s Summer Reading Program! Sign up for Sonoma County Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program for exploration, learning, and fun—in person or from home!

The 2021 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 to August 14. We are offering both online tracking through Beanstack and the Beanstack Tracker App, and paper logs. In both instances, patrons record the number of minutes read. Signup online or visit your local library.

Read to Learn and Win Prizes!

Expand your knowledge by reading and attending FREE educational events offered virtually to all county residents.

  • Read all summer! Earn free books when you read for 8 and 16 hours.
  • Record your minutes regularly to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.
  • Read 16 hours to complete the program. Reading time must be recorded on the Beanstack site (or turned in by paper log) by August 14, 2021 to be eligible for the grand prize raffle.
  • Attend virtual events, including Take-&-Make craft activities. Click here for a PDF copy of our summer reading booklet, which contains the event schedule for all ages.

How To Play – Online

  1. Register: Sign up for (or log in to) your free Beanstack account and register for the 2021 Summer Reading program.
  2. Enjoy reading in your favorite format—books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, or eAudiobooks.
  3. Track Your Reading: Each time you read 20 minutes, track the time in your online log. Earn virtual badges in Beanstack for every hour you read. Track progress regularly to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.
  4. Earn Prizes: Read 8 hours to earn a FREE BOOK!* Read 16 hours to COMPLETE the challenge, and earn a SECOND FREE BOOK!*
  5. Keep Reading! The more you read, the more badges you will receive. You can record reading minutes all summer!

How To Play – Paper

  1. Register: Download a paper reading log, or pick one up at your nearest Sonoma County Library location.
  2. Enjoy reading in your favorite format—books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, or eAudiobooks.
  3. Track Your Reading: Each time you read 20 minutes, check a box in your paper log.
  4. Earn Prizes: Read 8 hours to earn a FREE BOOK!* Read 16 hours to COMPLETE the challenge, and earn a SECOND FREE BOOK!*
    • Submit your progress regularly to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.
    • When you reach 16 hours (960 minutes), send us your paper log, so we can add your reading to our total.
    • Turn in paper reading logs at your local library branch, or take a picture and email it to summerreading@sonomalibrary.org. Paper logs will be accepted through August 14, 2021.
  5. Keep Reading! Record your reading minutes all summer long!

Reading 16 hours is easier than you think—it’s just 20 minutes a day for 7 weeks.

Scavenger Hunt

Explore with the Sonoma County Library’s family friendly virtual community scavenger hunt using the GooseChase App. Click to learn more.

Prevent The "Summer Slide"

Help your child prevent the "Summer Slide" by participating in our Summer Reading Program and trying these tips:

  • Attend FREE virtual events.
  • Set realistic summer reading goals.
  • Sneak books into all fun activities you do.
  • Model for your child by taking the time to read yourself!
  • Show your child that reading is a priority and read 20 minutes every day.

Get The App!

Track your reading for a chance to win prizes! You will need to create an account in Beanstack (or log in to your previous account), and sign up for the Summer Reading Program on the web first, then download the Beanstack Tracker app.

 App Store or  Google Play.

First Partner’s Summer Book Club

Earn a special badge through the Sonoma County Library Summer Reading Program by participating in the First Partner’s Summer Book Club.

Children who watch a recorded storytime (a new one goes live on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s YouTube Channel, every Monday starting June 7) or read a book from the First Partner’s Summer Book Club booklist will earn the First Partner’s Summer Book Club badge in Beanstack. The First Partner’s Summer Book Club features 23 books, hand-picked by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom for children ages 3-12, that teach kids important social and emotional learning tools and highlight key values like diversity, self-love and acceptance.