Reading Challenges 

Registration for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is open! 

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Hey Newport News, are you up for the challenge? Can we count on you? This summer, Newport News Public Library is once again challenging the community to read 500,000 minutes. We did it last year; let’s do it again!  Starting June 7th, you will be able to pre-register and start logging your minutes.  On June 21st, the fun begins with a kick-off event outside of Main Street Library.  The theme of our 2021 Summer Reading Challenge is, You Are What You Read. We will have all kinds of information and fun programs about healthy living.  Register and log all of your reading minutes to be eligible to win weekly prizes.  All the minutes you read and log will be added to the community goal of 500,000 minutes. That averages out to only 12 hours total, or 2 hours each week. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! 

To join in this community effort, Register Here. And check our Events Calendar to get a list of virtual and In-person, outdoor events.  This is for all ages! Something for the whole family and an accomplishment for the whole community!  So Newport News, can we count on you?   Let's read and win together! 

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Drawings and Prizes

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Any person who is registered for the Summer Reading Challenge is eligible to win prizes through weekly drawings. Drawings will take place each Monday, starting June 27th, through July 31st. Winners will be notified and announced the following Wednesday. There will be two weekly winners per age group (birth to 11 years-old; 12 to 17 years old; and 18 years old and older) for a total of six winners each week. Winners must have a valid email address or phone number on file to choose a prize. Prizes may be picked up at the desired library building or curbside. Only registered participants can be entered into the weekly drawings. Starting August 2nd, ALL readers who complete the summer Reading Challenge by reading 12 hours can pick up a completion prize from the desired library during the hours of operation. Completion prizes will be awarded August 2nd through August 14th. 


Prizes (quantities limited) for the weekly drawings are: Fitbit Inspire, Sphero App-enabled Programmable Robot Ball, Artist Set, Bluetooth Earbuds, Portable Speaker, Outdoor Games Bundle, Toddler Learning Desk, Children's Learning Bundle, Amazon E-gift Card.

Ongoing Reading Challenges

Sign up anytime to participate

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get ready to learn to love reading with the 1000 books before kindergarten challenge! Just register, log the title of each book, and come to the library along the way for special prizes. There's even a celebration when you finish!

Beanstack Mobile App

Access your Beanstack account from your mobile device to complete challenges and log your reading minutes!

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