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One Million Minute Winter Reading Challenge This January

Post Date:12/12/2019 10:30 AM

During the month of January, the Brazoria County Library System is joining up with schools and libraries across the county in the third annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by publisher Penguin Random House, which has committed

$50,000 in books and author visits to winning libraries and schools.


The challenge for Brazoria County will be to read one million minutes from January 1 to January 31 and to record time spent reading using the free Beanstack Tracker app or on the library’s Beanstack website: bclstx.beanstack.org. As an added

incentive, participants who read 600 minutes (ten hours) or more will be entered in a raffle drawing for a BCLS stadium blanket and mug to be given out at each of the twelve branch libraries. “Reading just 20 minutes each day will allow people to qualify

for the random drawing,” said Tom West, Adult Services Coordinator for the Library System, who encourages everyone to adopt a New Year’s resolution to Read 20 (minutes, or more, each day) in 2020! 


The Winter Reading Challenge is open to all ages and designed to help communities read more in 2020 and into the future. Beanstack is the same app that was used to log and keep track of reading during the past Summer Reading Program.  Last

year’s Winter Reading Challenge enrolled 65,323 readers nationwide, who logged over 150,000 books and 13.5 million minutes of reading. The Challenge kicks off on January 1, and Penguin Random House will announce the results and top finishers

this February.

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