Westwood Reading Challenges

Westwood wants to challenge YOU to read! 


The Winter months are long and cold.... perfect for curling up with a cup of something comforting and a warm book! Now, add even more fun to your reading by entering our Winter Reading Challenges which run from January 1-Februrary 29. 

For Kids and Teens: Log in or sign up on Beanstack and start tracking your time now! The challenge is simple: Simpy spend at least 15 minutes reading every day. For every day you read, you will earn a raffle ticket to put toward one of our Cozy Reading Baskets. 

K-5 Cozy Basket contains: A Disney Up Lego kit, Kanoodle game, a Highlights puzzle treasury, Paint by Sticker book, Aaron's Crazy Putty, candy and an adorable Llama warmie. 

Grades 6-12 Cozy Basket: A Kindle, a super soft blanket, and candy ! 

For Adults: Stop by the library (Main or Branch) and for every book read or "thing" checked out from the Library of Things collection earns an entry into our raffle for a chance to win a Cooking Themed Prize basket which includes an InstaPot and a Cookbook. 

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, 2023, you can start recording your reading time and participate in the activities, located exclusively on the Beanstack app or website.

A paper option will be available in addition to Beanstack if you or your child prefer to record reading that way, however, you must enter your books/hours into Beanstack to receive and enter raffle tickets.

Bookworms Summer Reading Challenge: Birth-Preschoolers 
Read 11 books to complete the program and do optional activities. They earn a raffle ticket for each book and activity completed. 

K-6 Summer Reading Program (Books or Hours): Kindergarten to 6th grade
Read 25 hours or books to complete the program. Read 50 hours or books to earn a Summer Reading Champion Lawn sign!

Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Grades 6 - 12th
Read 30 days and earn any 5 additional badges (by writing reviews or finishing activities to earn a free book from the FOL book nook.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge:  Adults 18+
Read 10 days to earn a badge. 1 badge = 1 ticket to win a prize basket — that's up to 8 entries!

“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 started 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.