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Adult & Teen Summer Reading Challenge 2021



Join us as we get in touch with nature with our Tails & Tales Adult & Teen Summer Reading Challenge. There will be new activities and prizes every week. 

Are you excited to get outside and let your summer adventure begin?  Or are you looking forward to viewing the outdoors from your window, while soaking up the AC?  Either way, we've got something for you. 

  • Tails & Tales Field Guide and Summer Reading Challenge

    Track your reading, challenges, and activities to win cool prizes EVERY WEEK! 

    Each week you'll have the opportunity to earn badges in Beanstack for reading and participating in activities.  You can earn up to five badges a week.  Each badge will enter  you into that week's prize drawing. 

    A paper field guide will be available at any library branch to help you keep track of the weeks' themes and look ahead to see what challenges are coming up, but all reading and completed activities need to be logged in Beanstack so that you can be registered for the weekly prize drawing. 

    Pick up your field guide at any library branch or print one here: PDF.

  • Earning Badges

    There are several way to earn badges. The first is simply to read. Read for 5 hours a week and earn a badge. Read for another 5 hours (10 hours total for the week) and you'll earn another. This includes all materials (books, newspapers, etc.) and formats (ebooks, audiobooks, etc.).    

    The second is to complete a Reading Challenge.  Read a book that matches that week's theme. We'll provide some reading inspiration on our Goodreads page and on our website, but don't let us fence you in. Feel free to let your imagination run wild.   Time spend reading a book for this challenge totally counts towards your 5 or 10 hours of reading for the week. 

    The next is to complete an activity badge. You can choose the Social Media Challenge OR the Get Outside Challenge, depending on how adventurous you're feeling that week.  Social Media Challenges will ask you to either watch a specific video on our Facebook page, or to post pictures or comments on our Facebook page.  The Get Outside Challenges are a chance to get out there and experience the wild side of our own city. You can take our suggestions and visit some of Lakeland and Polk County’s untamed areas, or you can look for nature right outside your door.   

    And finally, you can earn a badge just by coming into the library.  On odd numbered weeks we'll give out free take-home crafts to any adult or teen reading challenge participant. Crafts will be available at each library location while supplies last. If a location runs out of a craft, you can still earn the badge for coming in.  On even numbered weeks, you only need to check something out. (Using one of our digital services totally counts.) That's right, you earn a badge for something you'd do anyway!   

  • Prize Drawings

    Each badge you earn in a specific week enters you into a random drawing for that week's prize. One badge = one entry. Two badges = two entries. Five badges = five entries.   

    Badges earned in one week cannot be used as entries for another week's prize.   

    You will have the full seven days to complete any of the challenges for that week, except for week eight, which has only five available days.   

    The prize drawing for each week will take place on the following Monday.   

    Winners will be contacted by the end of the day the drawing takes place. Winners will have two weeks to collect their prize.  After two weeks, we will choose another winner from that week's entries. 



Check out our themes, prizes, and reading lists for each week: