Library Challenges 

2023 Summer Reading Challenge

Join the Summer Reading Challenge 2023 and explore your library and all the fun reading has to offer! Early registration opens on June 5 and the Challenge will run from June 19 through July 31. The Challenge is open to all ages with prizes at registration, midway, and completion, along with weekly prize drawings. Participants will log reading minutes and complete activities on a digital Bingo card through Beanstack

Register online through your Beanstack account and enroll in the Challenge to get started! Paper copies of the bingo card and reading log can also be picked up at any library branch for readers who prefer to participate offline.


Free kick-off events and programs will be held at all library branches during the Summer Reading Challenge. Check out our events calendar for more information and a complete list of activities for all ages.

Past Reading Challenges:

National Library Week Scavenger Hunt Challenge Opens in new window

NNPL celebrated National Library Week by playing along in a multi-city Scavenger Hunt.  The challenge: Complete activities designed to help you explore your library and the free resources available to you, in person and online. Activities were tracked on a digital Bingo card to earn badges. Participants who completed at least one Bingo (three activity squares across, diagonally, or up and down) had the chance to win a GRAND PRIZE! Participants that challenged themselves to complete all nine activities and earned a Stretch Goal badge. The challenge ran April 24-29.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15. This year, the theme was “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Honor diverse voices, unique perspectives, and rich cultural traditions through reading. Log your reading for Hispanic history makers, Hispanic authors, or explore Hispanic cultural traditions and earn badges throughout the challenge. Complete the challenge and get a completion prize! Simply stop by any Newport News Public Library Branch between Oct. 20 - Oct. 31 and provide the library staff with the winning phrase given in Beanstack to receive a completion prize. 

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Reading is empowering! Learn about new perspectives and celebrate the freedom to read with books that have been challenged or banned throughout the years. We are calling all adults to log their reading of banned books to earn badges throughout the challenge. The challenge will officially begin on September 1, 2022 and end on September 30, 2022. Participants who complete 600 minutes of reading and one book from the reading list provided on Beanstack will receive a completion prize by visiting the Virgil I. Grissom, Main Street, or Pearl Bailey branch. All participants that complete the challenge will be given a secret phrase to tell library staff from Beanstack. Completion prizes may be picked from Oct. 3 – Oct. 17, 2022.

Thank you for Reading Over Three Million Minutes in Our 2022 Summer Reading Challenge!

We are so grateful to all of our readers who participated in this year's Summer Reading Challenge. We exceeded last year's total on July 19, and everyone kept on reading until the last minute on July 31 when we posted a final total of over three million reading minutes!

This year through outreach, over 2,000 young readers from the Newport News Public Schools SPARK program joined the challenge, as well as participants from Newport News Parks & Recreation Youth programs, the C. Waldo Scott Center, and area preschools.

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A big thank you to all of our Snuggle time Reading Challenge participants.  You read a total of 1,160 books.  That’s a lot of snuggles! Congratulations to the readers and congratulations to the listeners! If you logged and completed reading 15 books, please pick up your Keepsake Calendar and stickers and your book to keep. Completion prizes may be picked up from the Grissom, Main Street and Pearl Bailey Library any time they are open from March 1st to March 14th. Yay for you!

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Thank you to all who participated in our Black History Reading Challenge. February has been a month of recognizing and celebrating achievement. We want to recognize those who achieved the completion of our Black History Reading Challenge. Thanks to your participation, 21,066 minutes were read! Congratulations to our finishers.  You may pick up you completion prize from Grissom, Main Street, or Pear Bailey Library any time they are open from March 1st to March 14th. Don’t forget to mention the winning phrase to the staff, and enjoy your prize!

See our Black History Month Reading Lists for Adults and Young Readers

Ongoing Reading Challenges

Sign up anytime to participate

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get ready to learn to love reading with the 1000 books before kindergarten challenge! Just register, log the title of each book, and come to the library along the way for special prizes. There's even a celebration when you finish!

Beanstack Mobile App

Access your Beanstack account from your mobile device to complete challenges and log your reading minutes!

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