Reading Challenge | Reading Challenge FAQ | Programs and Events

Calling adventurers of all ages! You are invited on an unforgettable quest this summer! Participate in our thrilling reading challenge and discover exciting prizes, events, and activities. Don’t miss out on the fun— join us at the library and let the exploration begin.

adventure begins at your library summer 2024 june 18 to august 9

Reading Challenge

Through August 9

Read, have fun, and win prizes with the online reading challenge for all ages. Record your reading and collecting badges, located exclusively in Beanstack.

All reading and activities MUST be logged in by August 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. to be eligible for prizes. 

Reading Challenge FAQ

  • What is Beanstack?
    • Beanstack is our free online service that allows readers of all ages to log their reading, participate in activities, earn badges, and enter prize drawings. Access the website or download the Beanstack Tracker mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  • How do I participate?
    • Log in or register with Beanstack by clicking the button above or visiting btpl.beanstack.org. After June 18, you’ll collect badges by logging your reading and completing activities. Each badge you collect earns you a ticket. Use your tickets to enter the prize drawings that interest you. Keep in mind that the challenge ends on August 9 so get all your logging in and tickets entered before then.
  • What ages are allowed to participate?
    • There are reading programs designed for all ages, newborn through adults. Only the reading programs you are eligible for will be visible to you when you’re logged into Beanstack.
  • My newborn or toddler would like to participate but can’t hold books or read yet.
    • Reading out loud counts, for both the reader and the listener.
  • Do I have to do the reading challenge online? Is there a paper option?
    • The reading challenge is only available online through Beanstack. If you need help using Beanstack or require additional accommodation, please contact us.
    • Participants from birth through 8th grade can pick up a paper reading log at the Youth Services Desk to track their reading before entering it into Beanstack.
  • Do I have to complete all of the badges?
    • No, you’re not required to get all of the badges. For each badge you complete, you receive a ticket to enter the prize drawings. This means that the more badges you complete, the better your chances of winning. But the reading challenge is meant to be fun, not a burden. Don’t stress, just do as many badges as you’d like.
  • What if my question isn’t answered here?
    • Call (248) 642-5800 or contact us with any further questions.

Programs & Events

View the event calendar for a full listing of programs and events or download a printable PDF.

FEATURED EVENTS FOR ALL AGES

  • All-Ages Tiny Art
    • Available beginning July 1, while supplies last.
    • Create a tiny work of art on a small canvas. Bring back your tiny creation by July 31, to be displayed in our Tiny Art Show in September.
  • Puzzle Tournament
    • Saturday, July 20, 1–3 p.m. Registration is required.
    • It’s back! Gather your puzzle-loving family & friends now Puzzle players of all ages and levels may compete in our 3rd puzzle tournament in teams of 2–4 players for a chance to win fun prizes.
  • Summer Reading Wrap-Up: A Pirate Party for All Ages
    • Friday, August 9, 2–4 p.m. No registration required.
    • Ahoy, mateys! Join a swashbuckling adventure filled with treasure hunts, games, and activities, plus inflatables for the kids, courtesy of Oakland County Parks (socks required!). Enjoy music for landlubbers and high seas adventurers performed by musician Randy Kaplan. Don’t forget to don your finest pirate attire for the costume contest; you might win a prize!
  • Scavenger Hunts

YOUTH EVENTS

  • Outdoor Family Story Times
    • Dates and times vary.
    • Join us outside for story time this summer on the Youth Services Terrace. Families can cozy up together for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more fun. In the case of inclement weather, Story Time will be held inside.
    • No registration required.
  • Indiana Joel’s Magic Show
    • Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m.  
    • Michigan’s family funnyman, Joel Tacey, brings adventure stories to life with amazing magic, wacky stunts, music, and lots of audience participation.
    • Registration begins June 20.
  • Wildlife Safari
    • Tuesday, July 23, 2 p.m. OR 4 p.m. 
    • Let us take you on an expedition to discover exotic animals from around the world with Nelson the Animal Guy.
    • Registration begins June 25.

TEEN EVENTS

  • Outdoor Adventure Scavenger Hunt
    • Through Friday, August 9
    • Join in the Outdoor Adventure Scavenger Hunt all over the library’s grounds. Discover a whole new side of the library and compete for a chance to win prizes.

ADULT EVENTS

  • Speed Dating with a Book
    • Friday, August 2, 7 p.m.
    • Enjoy an evening of librarians and library staff members giving 20+ new pitches of great books in the span of an hour to help you find your next excellent read.
    • Registration begins July 2.

Updated 5/2024 AI & SHC