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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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Stack 'Em Up - Kids (5-14 years) and Teens & Adults (15-109 years) *new as of 3 April 2020

Stacks on stacks on stacks ... of books! How many books can you read?

Pick a challenge based on your age group, log the books you read and share your thoughts by submitting a review or picture inspired by your reading.

Create an account or log into Beanstack or through the Beanstack Tracker app.

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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 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

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10 to Try (Adults)

This year-long reading challenge is open to adults and asks you to read a book in each of their 10 categories.

Keep track of your reading and share your favourite discoveries with the library and your fellow readers. Broaden your reading horizons and earn a chance to win prizes at the end of the challenge!

Stuck on books to read? Go to the Book Lists tab under Recommendations for suggestions on books to try.