Bethalto Public Library

Year Long Reading Challenge


This Reading Challenge is a great way to expand your horizons and, maybe even explore some new sections in the library. 

Each month we have five reading “prompts.” Find a book that meets a prompt’s theme, read it, and record it under “activities” in the Beanstack app or on a paper form. It’s that simple! You may even win a prize.

The completed prompt becomes an entry into that month’s prize drawing. If you are the winner you will receive your choice of a $15 (Ages 0-12) or $25 (Ages 13+) gift card from a place in our community.

You do not have to complete prompts every month. We know life sometimes gets busy! This is a reading challenge you can come back to later in the year and still participate.

Books for this reading challenge can come from anywhere – your bookshelves, the library, a store, downloadable books…

Each book can only be used to fulfill one prompt. However, you get to interpret the prompts. As an example for “A book with a green cover,” teal works as well as grass green and 40% green works as well as 80% green. After all, you’re reading!

And finally, you can win the monthly prize up to three times during the year. 2023 might be your lucky year! Also, if you complete 30 or more of the prompts you will definitely receive a small prize at the end of the year and have a chance at a Grand Prize tote bag of reading swag.

2023 is a good year for reading!

  • Register Here or via the Beanstack app for online participation. 

Gift Card Choices for 2023

Ages 0-12   

Your choice of a $15 Gift Card from one of the following businesses in our community.

  • DQ
  • McDonald’s
  • QT
  • Roma’s Pizza
  • Scooter’s Coffee

Ages 13+   

Your choice of a $25 Gift Card from one of the following businesses in our community.

  • El Mezcal
  • Laux Brick House
  • QT
  • Roma’s Pizza
  • Scooter’s Coffee