Grafton Public Library


Love reading? Check out to participate in seasonal and ongoing reading challenges for all ages.

Why use Beanstack?

  • Track your reading on their website or on the go with the Beanstack app
  • Expand your reading horizons with fun challenges – read things outside your favorite genres
  • Earn virtual badges as you complete activities

Current Reading Challenges

Seasonal Reading Challenges

NEW – Back to School 2022 – September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Start the school year off right – with reading! Preschoolers through adults can log the number of minutes they read during the month of September.

NEW – Banned Books – September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Reading is empowering! Learn about new perspectives and celebrate the freedom to read with books that have been challenged or banned throughout the years. There are separate challenges for different age groups: 0-4, 5-10, 11-13, 14-18, and 18+.

NEW – NASA’s Artemis Project: To the Moon, Mars and Beyond! – September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Learn more about the Artemis program and NASA’s plans for a new generation of crewed spaceflight by completing the activity badges in this reading and activity challenge!

NEW – On This Day in September – September 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Dive into 13 short articles about fascinating historical events on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of September. This reading challenge is for readers in grades 3-5 only.

Dear Diary – through September 30, 2022

Celebrate Dear Diary Day with these fun journal activities for readers in grades 6-8. You must have a Beanstack reader that is in grades 6-8 in order to see this challenge.

NEW – Fall Into Reading – September 1, 2022 to November 30, 2022

Fall brings crisp, new beginnings and all things cozy! Fall into a great book this season and log your reading to earn badges.

NEW – Hispanic Heritage Month – September 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from Sep. 15 to Oct 15. Honor diverse voices, unique perspectives, and rich cultural traditions through activities and book recommendations.

NEW – Hallow-Read 2022 – October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

Spooky season is upon us! Get ready to monster mash, have ghoulish fun, or curl up with a chilling book.

NEW – Creepy Crawlies – October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022

Learn about some of nature’s most creepy-crawly creatures, like a footlong spider and a hissing cockroach, and why they’re actually cool – and sometimes even cute. Read 12 fun stories, each about a different critter. This reading challenge is for readers in grades 3-5 only.

Bullying Prevention Month – through October 30, 2022

Learn what bullying is, who it affects, how to treat others with respect, and how you can help make a different to stop bullying in your community and beyond. There are two versions of this challenge: one for readers in grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12.

NEW – Family Stories – November 1, 2022 to November 30, 2022

Time to gather ’round! November is Family Stories Month, when we celebrate our histories and stories passed down from generations. Record your own origin story, listen to stories from loved ones, and read books about families of all shapes and sizes.

NEW – Native American Heritage Month – November 1, 2022 to November 30, 2022

Celebrate the rich cultural traditions, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in North America.

Year-Long Reading Challenges

2022 New Horizons Reading Challenge – January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

Explore new horizons with your reading in 2022. You choose which way you want to track: Books (ultimate goal: read 100 books in 2022) or Minutes (ultimate goal: read 10,000 minutes in 2022).

2022 NoveList Reading Challenge – January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022

A reading challenge put together by one of our favorite Library resources: NoveList.

2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge – January, 1 2022 to December 31, 2022

A challenge to help you keep track of your 2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge books. For more information on the Popsugar Reading Challenge visit:

Ongoing Reading Challenges

10 to Try Reading Challenge – Ongoing

10 to Try is a challenge for readers, age 12 and up, that asks you to read a book in 10 different categories.

100 Books Before College – Ongoing

A challenge for teens to read 100 books before the end of high school. You must have a Beanstack reader that is between the ages of 13-19 in order to see this challenge.

500 Books Before Middle School – Ongoing

Are you up to the challenge? Read 500 books before middle school. This challenge is open to readers in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Ongoing

A challenge for parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter Kindergarten. You must have a Beanstack reader that is between the ages of 0-5 in order to see this challenge.

A to Z Reading Challenge – Ongoing

A challenge to read your way through the alphabet. Read books with a title or author for each letter of the alphabet.

American Road Trip – Ongoing

Take a virtual road trip of the United States in this challenge for all ages.

American Sign Language Reading Challenge – Ongoing

Celebrate American Sign Language (ASL). Read about the history of ASL, learn basic words and phrases, and check out book recommendations that celebrate authors with hearing loss and honor the Deaf experience.

Carnival of Reading Challenge – Ongoing

Complete fun activities and track your reading in this fun carnival themed challenge for all ages.

Financial Literacy Challenge – Ongoing

Financial learning made fun. There are two versions of this challenge: for grades 6-12 and adults.

Genre Challenge – Ongoing

Expand your reading by choosing books from a variety of genres in this challenge for Kindergartens to Adults.

Genre Reading Challenge – Ongoing

Challenge yourself to read outside your comfort zone by reading a book in each of these genres.

Grafton Public Library Challenge – Ongoing

Complete activities in and about the Grafton Public Library.

Indigenous Authors (Australia and New Zealand) – Ongoing

Learn about the different indigenous people of Australia and New Zealand in this challenge for all ages.

Literary Escapes – Ongoing

A challenge to travel the United States through books. Read a book set in or about each state.

Mindfulness Challenge – Ongoing

Practice mindfulness in this self-care activity challenge for all ages.

Oscar-Worthy Reads – Ongoing

In this challenge for adults, discover if the book is better than the movie by reading books that were made into or inspired Oscar-winning films.

Poetry – Ongoing

Learn more about poetry in this activity challenge that’s geared towards younger readers but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Pride 365 – Ongoing

Celebrate LGBT+ Pride with this challenge! There are four versions of this challenge for readers ages 0-5, 6-12, 13-17, and 18+.

Read a Book Day – Ongoing

Celebrate reading with this fun challenge for readers in grades K to 5.

Read the Rainbow – Ongoing

Challenge yourself to a rainbow of reads. Read a book for every color of the rainbow. Check out our suggested reads to get you started.

Read Woke Reading Challenge – Ongoing

A diverse reading challenge for readers of all ages.

Women Changemakers Reading Challenge –  Ongoing

Celebrate women’s history by reading stories of inspirational creators, brave leaders, and bold changemakers.

Past Reading Challenges