2020 Summer Reading Challenge

The Mercer Library is offering a virtual 2020 Summer Reading Challenge for all ages!

We’re using Beanstack, an online reading challenge platform, to register our participants and help them track their reading this summer. Reach your reading goals and you could win some fantastic prizes, purchased from Mercer-area businesses with the support of the Friends of the Mercer Public Library.

Kids’ Summer Reading challenge: Ages 0-14

  • Your goal: Read an average of 15 minutes per day between June 15 and August 21
  • Receive an ice cream cookie sandwich from the Pines and a t-shirt from the Wampum Shop for reaching your goals
  • Get entries into our grand prize drawing for reaching achievements along the way. Prizes include:
    • $10 gift certificate to The Wampum Shop
    • $10 gift certificate to Turtle River Trading Company
    • Various family games including Gnomes at Night, Taco vs. Burrito, Sushi Go, and Kids Against Maturity

Adults Summer Reading challenge: Ages 15 – adult

  • Your goal: Read 8 books between June 15 and August 21
  • Receive a handmade Mercer Public Library coffee mug from the artists at Odonata for completing your reading goal
  • Get entries into our grand prize drawing for reaching achievements along the way. Prizes include:
    • Handmade Odonata mugs
    • Gift certificates to Mercer area businesses including The Cranberry Inn, Heart of the North, Beaver’s Resort, Ding-a-Ling Supper Club, and Around the Corner Pub
    • A BCO+ Pass for the Big Top Chautauqua 2021 season, an $83 value

Use Beanstack to record your reading

We’re using Beanstack, an online reading challenge platform, to support our reading program this summer. Visit our custom Beanstack website at mercerpubliclibrary.beanstack.org or download the free app for your smartphone or tablet. (iOS | Android)

Prefer to record your reading offline?

That’s OK! Just stop by the library to pick up a reading log or download one here:

The fine print

Anyone can register and complete challenges online. We encourage all participants to have a valid Mercer Public Library card, but it’s not required. However, all prizes and rewards must be picked up by the reader in person at the library. Prizes will not be given to friends or family members to deliver to the reader.

The requirement to pick up prizes in person helps us meet our goals for the Summer Reading Challenge: to engage with Mercer’s residents and increase library usage. Therefore, there will be no exceptions to this policy except in extreme cases. All prizes are available while supplies last!