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Summer Reading Challenge 

Imagine Your Story

July 1 through August 30

Kids of all ages can use their imaginations to explore, learn, create and connect through books, virtual programs and activities to earn points for a chance to win valuable prizes during this year's Summer Reading Challenge. This year's challenge may look a little different with our branches closed due to the pandemic, but we are committed to providing all kids the same opportunities to learn while having fun, and to keep minds active and prepared for the next school year.

Register and Play 

There are two ways to play.

Play Online with Beanstack

This interactive game board that tracks your activity to earn badges for points and a chance to win prizes in weekly giveaways. 

Sign in to Summer Reading Challenge

Complete a Paper Game Board

Summer Reading Challenge game boards are available through BCPS Schoology, or by curbside pickup at branches, in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). During the week of June 22, look for paper game boards inserted into many community newspapers, including:

  • "Towson Times"
  • "North County News"
  • "Catonsville Times"
  • "The Avenue"
  • "The Dundalk Eagle"
  • The June-July issue of "JMore" magazine

Prizes and Drawings

Any youth registered through Beanstack is eligible to win prizes through weekly drawings taking place each Monday, from July 6 through August 31, with three winners per age group (birth to 5, elementary-age and teens) for a total of nine winners each week. Winners must have a valid email address or phone number on file to choose a prize. All prizes mailed directly to the address provided.

2020 Summer Reading Prizes

There are five prizes to choose from:

  • $50 Visa gift card
  • Slime kit
  • Nature-outdoor kit
  • Creative art kit
  • Baby-toddler toy

Only participants registered in Beanstack can be entered into weekly drawings, paper game board participants can't be entered. Beginning August 31, all readers that complete the Summer Reading Challenge by collecting 10 points can pick up a completion prize using curbside service in exchange for one of the following prizes (while supplies last): a book, a water-squirting unicorn or a spiral notebook. 

T-shirt with words that read 'Imagine Your Story.'

Imagine Your Story T-Shirts

Your commemorative Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt is only available by online ordering at this time—with shipping available directly to your home. The cost is $7.50 for kids and $8.75 for adults (tax included), plus shipping costs.

Fun and Learning for the Entire Family

Explore the fun and unique events happening in all of our branches. Here are a few you don’t want to miss.

Summer Reading Challenge Virtual Kickoff

A week-long series of virtual programs and entertainment for the family from June 29 through July 3. Look for other virtual programs happening throughout the summer.

Summer Activities

Here are some other activities from our sponsors that count toward your Summer Reading Challenge points:

  • Activity sheets—Learn about becoming a super energy saver, courtesy of BGE.
  • Online activities—Learn more about financial literacy, courtesy of Rosedale Federal.
  • Online activities—Helpful free learning activities and resources to earn points to earn gift cards and prizes from Sylvan Learning.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Baltimore Gas and Electric Logo
Maryland 529 Logo 
 Sylvan Nation Logo