Summit Teen Scene: 100 Books Before Graduation for Grades 6 -12
Summit County Libraries has a new reading challenge launching October 2023 for
tweens and teens!
100 Books before Graduation
is an ongoing reading challenge for those entering the 6th grade through graduation in Summit County.
Participants win a prize for every 10 unique books read, and receive special grand prizes and recognition upon the completion of the challenge. All books read must be logged through the free Beanstack app – which the library also uses for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, Summer Reading Challenges, and the Yeti, Set, Read winter genre challenge.
All 100 books must be unique, but the format can be up to the reader with some exceptions.
- Short story/Poetry collections
- Books for school
- Graphic novels
What Does Not Qualify:
- Children’s books
- Repeated books
- Blog posts or online articles
When: Registration and logging for 100 Books before Graduation will start October 1st, 2023
How: Teen can register themselves through the Beanstack app on their mobile device or through website.
https://summitcountylibraries.beanstack.com/reader365. Beanstack will be used to log completed books, do special challenges, and keep track of friends.
What's Next?: Once you’re registered, stop by any library branch in Summit County to pick up your registration prize and ask the staff any questions. If you require a paper log or lose yours, please let staff know and we can get you a new one.
100 Books might sound like a lot, but don’t worry! 100 books over 7 years comes out to just over a book a month.
An Overview of Logging Books
Log each individual book through the Beanstack app by searching for the book and adding it to your account. You can keep track of pages, the time spent reading book, or just log every time you complete a book. You can also fill out the paper log and take it to the library as you complete each section of ten books and the library staff will log for you. To collect prizes just ask the library staff. Collect your prizes, check out some new books, join us for volunteering, advisory boards and fun programs and keep reading!
This is a new program – so there will be some exceptions made for readers who are already in high school or closer to graduation than others. This will only be allowed for the 2023 -2024 and the 2024-2025 school years. All other readers must read and log 100 books.
- Students who are Freshman or Sophomores (9th and 10th grade) will be able to log 50 books for completion.
- Juniors and Seniors (11th and 12th grade) will be able to log 25 books for completion.
- Paper Log in English and Spanish
You might be asking:
Do I have to finish a whole book? What if I only make it halfway?
We encourage you to finish the book, if possible, but if you’re only 75% of the way through the book and just aren’t feeling it anymore (and it’s not required reading for school) just log it as if you’ve finished it and it will count towards your 100 books.
Why all the reading?
- Reading in an essential skill
- Reading books can be comforting and relaxing.
- Reading can teach you about things you’ve never thought of before
- Reading is a way to keep your mind active for your whole life
- Reading can be an escape
- Reading can be a way to connect.
- Reading can expand your vocabulary.
There are many more are reasons to read. What’s your reason?
How do I know what to read?
- There are so many books to read, so little time, and starting a reading journey might be overwhelming. Your local library or your local book store are great resources for suggestions. Browsing the library can lead to the discovery of a favorite book, or library staff can give suggestions. There is also a teen book club at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge called It's A Hardback Life.
- Voracious readers or readers stuck in a slump are welcome to fill out this form. This form will ask for some favorite books or genres and will be sent to the teen library staff who will curate a list with a few suggestions.
- All Summit School District students have full access to library materials, physical and digital, including Libby and Hoopla, with their student ID number. Read more about One Card here.
- The library also offers the free database, Novelist, a way to get book recommendations. Enter your favorite author and/or title and have a list of ideas generated just for you.
- The app/website Goodreads is also a helpful resource. Use their niche booklists or read reviews on books you might be interested in. Don’t forget to follow the Summit County Library Teen Account on Goodreads for staff recommendations!
What are the prizes?
The year-round prize tiers will stay the same, although individual prizes may change depending on popular books and trends.
Who do I contact with questions?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call your local teen library staff member:
Amy - 970-668-4136
Christina - 970-668-4280
Shayne - 970-453-3544
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Summit County Libraries: