Reading challenges

Discover our Reading Challenges

The Charles Sturt Libraries host a series of reading challenges throughout the year including seasonal challenges over the school holidays. Keep an eye out on this page for all the reading challenges currently open to registration.

To get started with any of the below challenges, please register at any City of Charles Sturt library branch or online through our Beanstack page.

Please note, Beanstack is a free online service that our libraries use as a tool to help us run reading challenges, log reading activity and even offer book recommendations.

It is also available on your mobile devices via an app, which can be downloaded here:

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Current Challenges

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Summer Reading Challenges (1 December 2020 - 31 January 2021)

This summer, we're offering not one but two different challenges, one for kids aged 5-14 years and another for the adults aged 15-109 years.

Simply register online at Beanstack and follow the instructions below to get started.

Kids Summer Reading Challenge

Record how many minutes you read this summer for a chance to win some special prizes (valued at $30!)

Adults Summer Reading Challenge

Record all the books you read this summer for a chance to win a $50 QBD voucher. Multiple vouchers are available!

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1001 Books Before School (Pre-school aged)

Get your child on the right path by reading 1001 books before they start school. You can read books to and with them.

The average picture book takes just five minutes to read. If you spend just 15 minutes reading three books with your child each day, you'll read 1000 books in a year.

Record and track books read online and your child can win a small prize from the library.

Get started 

  • Visit your local library to get your child a Lizzie the Literacy Lizard Library Card
  • Register and make an account for your child on Beanstack
  • Log all books read in your account
  • Each time your child reaches a milestone, come into the library to collect a small prize

At the completion of the program, having read 1001 books before starting school, your child will be invited to a celebration to receive a certificate and a book as a reminder of their achievements.

Frequently asked questions

Need help?

Call 8408 1333

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