Bedford Public Library

Bedford, New Hampshire

Children's 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

Thank you for participating in our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge! Our Challenge ended on July 31st, and our participants read over 2,038 hours! If you have not yet picked up your beads or your Inside Scoop gift card, they are still available via contact free pickup on the Lower Level. Take and make crafts will be available while supplies last.

Important Dates and Registration Links
We invite you to join us for the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge! Registration will open June 9th and you can start logging your reading on June 15th!

Starting June 9th, kids ages 0-12 can register for the Children's Summer Reading Challenge on Beanstack here:
If you are 11 or 12 and would like to participate in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge instead, please sign up on Beanstack on June 15th.

Starting June 15th you can pick up Take and Make Crafts through our contactless pickup at the library, Monday-Saturday from 10-2!  Crafts will change weekly. Make and Take crafts are now available by request - please call the library when you are in the parking lot ready to pick up your crafts through contactless pickup. Our contactless pickup procedures can be found here:

How the Summer Reading Challenge Works

  • Register for our program in Beanstack, our summer reading software, starting June 9th.
  • Pick up your summer reading necklace starting June 15th and start logging your time to earn beads!
  • Every hour will earn you 1 bead, and every 5 hours will earn you a special bead.
  • Complete activities to earn additional special beads and be automatically entered into a weekly raffle (no tickets necessary!)
  • Reading 15 hours by July 31st will complete the program, but you can keep reading to earn extra beads if you like.

Summer Reading Materials Pickup
Summer Reading necklaces and beads will be available for patrons via our contactless pickup starting on June 15. Please review the contactless procedures on our website here:

When you are in the parking lot ready to pick up your materials, give us a call at 603-472-2300 and let us know your name and what you need from the following list:

  1. Necklace and events calendar, to be picked up after you have registered for the program online.
  2. Bag of 5 reading beads, to be picked up after you have completed 5 hours of reading. In the interest of everyone’s safety, beads will be given out in bags of 5 this summer. Please let us know when you have completed 5 hours of reading (or 1 paper reading log) that you are ready to pickup your beads. Beads will not be given out individually this year.
  3. Bag of 7 activity beads, to be picked up once you complete our 7 activites in Beanstack.
  4. Take and Make Craft, for participating patrons.

Don't forget to check out our new Youtube channel for storytime videos and craft tutorials! Click here to visit our channel.