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Summer Reading Challenge At County Library Branches

The Stanislaus County Library is urging readers of all ages to join the Summer Reading Challenge, “Find Your Voice,” taking place May 16 through Aug. 1. Children and teens participate by keeping track of each day they read or are read to for at least 30 minutes. Adults are asked to track each book they read and can choose to also write brief reviews of the books they read this summer.

Summer Reading Challenge participants will use the Beanstack app to log their reading and submit reviews. Virtual tickets are awarded along the way. Participants can then enter the tickets they’ve earned into specific prize drawings. A range of prizes are available, including early learning activities for babies and toddlers, LEGO Bricks, iPads, a telescope, gift cards, themed baskets, and more.

“What’s most important is that we keep kids interested in reading and learning,” said Michele Machado, children’s librarian and coordinator of the Summer Reading Challenge. “Using the Beanstack reading platform makes logging and tracking easy, and we hope it will inspire everyone to read all summer long.”

Those who are unable to use the Beanstack reading platform can still participate by simply tracking their reading at home, then returning to the library for logging in the Beanstack system.

In addition, magician Brian Scott will mystify audiences with a blend of magic and comedy, while encouraging people to discover magic through the joy of reading. The show will be offered at libraries throughout the county and is perfect for preschool-aged children and older.

Participants of all ages are invited to join a drum circle, led by Drum Love, a local non-profit that seeks to remove barriers to improvisational music-making for all. A drum circle is more than just a fun experience. It’s music education that combines fun with metaphors about community, equality, friendship, stress management and active listening. No musical training is needed to participate and enjoy a drum circle experience.

To sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, visit Details about the magic shows and drum circles at each library branch are available on the library’s online calendar at

The Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by Stanislaus Library Foundation. Follow the Stanislaus County Library on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with library programs and events throughout the year.