Westwood Reading Challenges

Westwood wants to challenge YOU to read! 

Beanstack LogoThe Westwood Library continues to encourage our patrons to read, but what better way to do this than create a challenge to beat! Throughout the year, the Westwood Library will be creating themed challeges to encourage reading outside our comfort zones. All shallenges will be tracked using Beanstack. Beanstack allows you to track your books or hours for a challenge, write reviews and particiapte in various activities. 


Below are more ongoing challenges.

Summer reading is a fun program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books and activities. As you read books and engage in the activities, you are eligible to win badges and prizes.

Beginning June 1, 2021, you can start recording your reading time and participate in the activities, located exclusively on the Beanstack app or website.


Last summer, we challenged the community to read 10,000 hours. After beating that goal by reading a total of 36,586 hours, we want to challenge ALL (adults, teens, and kids) of Westwood to a new community-wide reading goal! All together can we read 40,000 hours this summer?


Bookworms Summer Reading Challenge for Babies to Preschoolers

Kid's Summer Reading Challenge (Books or Hours) for Kindergarden to 6th Grade

Teen Summer Reading Challenge for 6th Grade to 12th Grade

6th Annual Adult Summer Reading Challenge for Adults 18 years or older

“Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.

I concluded that a Woke Book must:

• Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised

• Seek to challenge the status quo • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke


How the Challenge Works:
The challenge is open to grades K - 12th and adults of all ages. It starts on November 1, 2020 and is ongoing.

There are 12 badges to complete to finish the challenge. Each badge features an underrepresented or oppressed group. To earn a badge you need to read a book that has a protagonist from the group and tell us what you learned.

To help find books, Westwood Librarians have put together booklists for each badge and for each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and adult) featuring books available at the library. These can be found on our Read Woke LibGuide.

Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little ones! Log reading and earn badges all along the way.

You can log each book you read together and for every 5 books you earn a badge to help keep track of your 1000 books. Just for signing up, you will receive a welcome bag (reusable) with a book and some info on the initiative.