2020 Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story

This is your page for all things Summer Reading! The program’s format is a bit different than it has been in years past, but the goal is the same: read, read, read. Registration, reading challenges, and events are taking place online.


This link is where you register for the program and then log your reading, activities, and reviews all summer. You can also download our convenient Summer Reading app, Beanstack Tracker, from your app store and do everything on your mobile device.

Below you’ll find a few short videos to help get you acquainted with our new easy-to-use system.

The first video gives an overview of the new online platform and mobile app, and walks you through the simple registration process.

Once you’ve registered, the portal is divided into age groups. Each group has age-appropriate Summer Reading challenges and activities. So, the rest of the videos are tutorials on how the portal works specifically for each age group. (These videos are also available within the portal once you’ve registered.)

Watch the video below for an overview of our new online portal, mobile app, and registration process, then register at the Summer Reading portal link above.

Check out the videos below to learn how the portal uniquely works for the age ranges you’ve registered. The age groups are: Preschoolers, School Age Kids, Teens, and Adults. 

For more information on Summer Reading in the different age groups, call: (423) 434-4350 (children); (423) 434-4349 (teens); or (423) 434-4355 (adults).

This year all our Summer Reading events and challenges are taking place on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, so make sure to follow us!

What is Summer Reading?

Your Library’s Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 1 to Friday, July 24. This year’s program looks a little different than it has in years past, but the goal is the same: read, read, read! Registration, reading challenges, and events are taking place online this year.

If you’re new to Summer Reading, you might be interested to know that it’s an annual nationwide program started by librarians all the way back in the 1890s! The program began as a way of encouraging children to read during the summer months in an effort to combat “summer slide”.

Now, people of all ages take part in the program. It’s divided by age divisions: preschool kids, school age kids, teens, and adults. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story”; reading challenges and virtual events for the different age divisions all focus on things like fairy tales, mythology, and epic adventures.

Once you register, you spend the summer tracking your progress toward meeting reading goals, or just keeping track of the books you’ve read and writing reviews about them. You’re entered into weekly prize drawings and you can participate in a variety of events and challenges online throughout the summer.

We hope you and/or your kids spend the summer reading, writing, and imagining with us!