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. 

Featured Challenge: WinterRead: Books Like Us

From January 1st to January 31st, Westwood Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book.  No matter who you are, where you are from, or what your story is, you deserve to see yourself in a story! 

We are challenging you to read at least 10 hours during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at  westwoodlibrary.beanstack.org. The more badges you earn, the more opportunities you will have to earn tickets and the chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize basket at the end of the month.

Looking for suggestions? Check out some of our optional activity badges, featuring authors from an array of diverse backgrounds. And of course, don't forget to ask your Westwood Librarians for ideas!

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Westwood!


Below are more ongoing challenges.

From January 1st to January 31st, Westwood Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book.  No matter who you are, where you are from, or what your story is, you deserve to see yourself in a story!


We are challenging you to read at least 10 hours during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at westwoodlibrary.beanstack.org. The more badges you earn, the more opportunities you will have to earn tickets and the chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize basket at the end of the month.

 

Thousands of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Top-performing libraries and schools will earn rewards from Simon & Schuster, including book collections and virtual author visits. Happy reading, Westwood!

“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.