Winter Reading Challenge is Back

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The Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge is back with a new goal for our community—to read 300,000 minutes. The 2023 Winter Reading Challenge: All the Feels, goes from Jan. 1-31. This year’s theme is all about looking ahead to the future—to the new year, new normal, new resolutions, and all the feelings that come with it.

Any book you read counts!

Participants can pre-register for the challenge at or by using the Beanstack app. Log your time spent reading, complete activities, and submit book reviews in Beanstack to earn badges and fill up a virtual bingo card. Each badge earned and minute logged helps the Library District advance in the challenge.

Participants also have the chance to win prizes, thanks to our sponsors at Spurrier's Gridiron GrilleMi Apá Latin Café, and Okito America. Each badge that you earn is worth another entry in the weekly prize drawings for a $10 gift card from Spurrier's. At the end of the challenge, a $50 gift card from one of our three sponsors will be awarded to one adult, one teen, and one youth reader. 

During the challenge, hundreds of libraries across the nation encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes or books. Readers feel, experience, and dive in to see how reading enlivens our emotions, while earning fun emoji-themed badges on a virtual bingo card! Top-performing libraries will earn cash prizes from Beanstack, ranging from $100 to $1,000.

In February 2021, Alachua County Library District was one of six public libraries nationwide to win the Winter Reading Challenge. The Library District received a virtual author visit and a collection of books.

Sign up now for the Winter Reading Challenge at and help reach our goal.

By Hailey on December 28, 2022