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Children's Winter Reading Challenge 2024

Earn fun rewards for reading or listening to books!

Children's Winter Reading Challenge
January 2 - March 30, 2024

Winter is a great time to read or listen to books, and kids can earn fun rewards along the way in our Children's Winter Reading Challenge!

Who can participate? Kids from birth up, whether listening to or reading books on their own. Our Children's challenge is specifically for those up to 14 years old. (And those 13-14 can chose to participate in either the Children's program or the Teen one.)

How do I get started?

  • Already have an account on our Beanstack platform? Just log in and enroll your child in Children's Winter Reading 2024. Make sure contact details & child's age/grade/school are updated.
  • Forgot your log-in or password? Just give us a call (217-424-2900 ext. 5), email ( or send us a note via Facebook Messenger.
  • Don't have an account? Just download the Beanstack app from your device's app store, or go to our DPL Beanstack page . Create a family account, and register all your readers, whether kids or adults.
  • Need help with Beanstack? Check these short videos to help you get started, add readers, log reading, and add friends.
  • Or you can bypass online altogether -- just come in and let us register you upstairs at the Children's Desk.

However you register, you can stop by the Children's Desk to pick up a printed reading log, making it fun for kids to track their own progress. (You can also download and print your own copy here.)

And teens and adults can also join in the fun -- check out our Adult Winter Reading Challenge and Teen Winter Reading Challenge!

How do I earn rewards?

Just log every day that your child reads or listens to books! How much? Whatever is a good amount of reading/listening for your child!

You can log via Beanstack, or the printed reading log, or both. For every 15 days of reading, kids earn fun stuff! Stop by the Children's Desk to check in and pick up rewards:

  • 15 days -- Scratch 'n' Sniff bookmark & Papa Murphy's Mini Murph pizza coupon
  • 30 days -- Choice of a free book & Giggles cookie coupon
  • 45 days -- Choice of reward, plus a penguin vinyl sticker (alternate reward for youngest readers), & (just added!) Texas Roadhouse Kids Meal coupon (with purchase of adult entree)
  • 60 days -- Winter stamper & Children's Museum of Illinois Family Pass (good for one visit, 1 per family -- while supplies last)

PLUS the first 50 (FIFTY) to register AND come to the library to pick up their reading log starting on January 2 will receive a pass for free admission & skate rental at the Decatur Civic Center Ice Rink! (Good for any public skating times during the 2024 season, ending March 10, 2024. Check their calendar here.)

Thanks to our sponsors: The Friends of the Decatur Public Library, Papa Murphy's Pizza of Decatur, Golden K Kiwanis Club of Decatur, Decatur Civic Center, Children's Museum of Illinois, Texas Roadhouse