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2021 Summer Reading Challenge

This summer, the Fargo Public Library wants you to read every day and take part in the Tails and Tales 2021 Summer Reading Challenge.

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge here! Pre-registration starts Wednesday, May 26.

Read Books • Complete Challenges • Attend Events • Earn Badges • Win Prizes

The Summer Reading Challenge starts Monday, June 7 (pre-registration opens May 26) and runs through August 21. The Summer Reading Challenge is free and open to readers of all ages, from babies to adults. Everyone is encouraged to read, discover, and learn this summer with our Tails and Tales reading program.

Virtual and In-Person Programs
We are planning both virtual programs and in-person outdoor programs for all ages this summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. We encourage you to join us for storytimes, book clubs, art workshops, performances, take-and-make crafts, and other engaging in-person sessions and virtual events. Visit our events calendar for upcoming programs, any registration requirements, and other details.

This year, we are using Beanstack, an online service designed for readers of all ages to log the days and time you spend reading and earn prizes for your efforts.

It's easy to register! Visit the Beanstack website.
Or, download the Beanstack app:
Apple Store
Google Play


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Summer Reading Challenge for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers:

This program is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 0 to 4 to explore early literacy activities and get ready to read! Young children (ages birth to 4) who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge can earn up to seven animal stickers as well as finger puppets, animal masks, and more! Each day that you read together, log your child’s reading * in Beanstack. We suggest reading for 20 minutes or 2 picture books a day, but choose whatever goal works best for you and your child. For every 10 days they read, they earn a sticker and/or prize. If they reach the end of the challenge and collect all of the stickers, they earn their prize book! Days do not need to be consecutive to count towards the stickers and prizes.

Visit our kids’ page for weekly updates. Events for kids are also available on the online events calendar.

* Paper reading logs will be available upon request beginning June 7.

Be a College SAVE Reading Champion!
Kids and teens who complete the Fargo Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge and who are North Dakota residents will automatically receive a certificate for a contribution to a new or existing College SAVE account. New account owners receive $25; existing account owners receive $10. Avid readers will be entered for a drawing for one of 10 – $529 scholarships to a College SAVE account. For more information about the College Save Reading Champion program, visit the Bank of North Dakota at collegesave4u.com.

Summer Reading Challenge for School-Age Kids

School-age children (ages 4 to 12) who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge can earn up to seven animal patches – one from each continent. Each day that you read, log your reading * in Beanstack. We suggest reading for 20 minutes a day, but choose whatever goal works best for your schedule. For every 10 days you read, you earn a patch. If you reach the end of the challenge and collect all of the patches, you earn your prize book! Days do not need to be consecutive to count towards your patches.

Visit our kids’ page for weekly updates or our online events calendar.

* Paper reading logs will be available upon request beginning June 7.

Be a College SAVE Reading Champion!
Kids and teens who completes the Fargo Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge and who are North Dakota residents will automatically receive a certificate for a contribution to a new or existing College SAVE account. New account owners receive $25; existing account owners receive $10. Avid readers will be entered for a drawing for one of 10 – $529 scholarships to a College SAVE account. For more information about the College Save Reading Champion program, visit the Bank of North Dakota at collegesave4u.com.

Summer Reading Challenge for Teens

This program is designed for teens age 11 to 18 to encourage life-long reading habits. The program runs June 7 – August 21. Each day that you read, log your reading * in Beanstack. Once a teen has earned enough points they will receive a free book to be picked up from one of our three FPL locations! Visit our teen page or the library's online events calendar for a list of related events and activities.

* Paper reading logs will be available upon request beginning June 7.

Be a College SAVE Reading Champion!
Kids and teens who completes the Fargo Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Challenge and who are North Dakota residents will automatically receive a certificate for a contribution to a new or existing College SAVE account. New account owners receive $25; existing account owners receive $10. Avid readers will be entered for a drawing for one of 10 – $529 scholarships to a College SAVE account. For more information about the College Save Reading Champion program, visit the Bank of North Dakota at collegesave4u.com.

Summer Reading Challenge for Adults

This program is designed for adults age 18 and up to encourage life-long reading and learning habits. The program runs June 7 – August 21. Adults can complete the challenge by reading books or ebooks, or listening to audiobooks. We encourage adults to read every day and log their reading in Beanstack. Adults can also request a printed reading log at any Fargo Public Library locations starting June 7, if they prefer to keep track of their reading that way.

Adult prizes for completing the challenge will be a coupon for one(1) free item (up to $2) from the Friends of the Fargo Public Library book sale area at any library location. The coupons expire on December 31, 2021. Grand prize drawings (prizes to be determined) will be at the end of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Events for adults are listed on our adult page and on the online events calendar. For more information, call 701.241.1492.


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