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Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore: FAQ

Learn about Summer Break

Have a question about Summer Break? It might be answered here!

If not- reach out to, ask your SBBL, or reach out to a team member with your question.


What are the dates for Summer Break 2024?

This years challenge runs from June 1-July 31, 2024.

Pre-registration begins on May 13, 2024.

How do I complete Summer Break? 

Readers ages 5 and up: 

Earn 1200 points total, at least 600 points must come from reading time (10 hours).​

No activities are required to complete.

Example: 800 points from reading and 400 points from activities = completion​

               550 points from reading and 1200 points from activities = no completion​


Wee Readers (ages 0-4): 

fill out paper form of activities. 

What counts as reading? You can read anything that you would like! This includes comic books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks, and more.
I completed the challenge early, what should I do now?  Congratulations on completing the challenge! Keep reading and help us to meet our community reading goal of 10.5 million minutes!
 A customer has a question/comment/concern/suggestion about Summer Break. How do they submit it?

There are two options for submitting comments and suggestions:  

Customers can use the feedback form through the "Contact Us" link on the Beanstack website 


“Contact the Library” on the challenge overview page.  

Can the same email address be used for multiple accounts? No. Each account requires a unique email address. Only group accounts will allow for multiple groups under one account creator email address. 
I participated in Community Read this year. Do I need to create a new account on Beanstack for Summer Break? 

No! Beanstack accounts are not deleted because we use it year-round for multiple challenges!

Login with your username or email and password and you will be able to join the current Summer Break challenge.

What prizes can I earn this year?

Registration: Everyone earns a Wendy's Jr Frosty coupon. 

Ages 5-17 receive sports flyers (frisbee). 

Mid-Level: Fun Foam (Ages 5-17) & Notebook (Adults)

Completion: Book (Babies and Children) 

Book or Notebook (Teens)

Lunch Cooler (Adults)

Babies & Children can earn a book or water bottle.

Preteens & Teens can earn a book or water bottle.

Adults can earn a water bottle, drawstring bag, or notebook with a pen.

*Children and teen completers with a valid library card number (including One Access) will be entered into a drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to a Charlotte FC game. There will be one winner drawn per branch.*

*The Top 20 readers between the ages of 5-17 (regardless of branch) will be given the opportunity to tour the stadium. Date has not been finalized.*


Prizes can be picked up starting June 1, 2024 at all branch locations, and are available while supplies last.

Can I earn fine waivers this year? The Library has gone fine free as of July 1, 2021, so fine waivers are no longer offered as prizes for Summer Break. To learn more about the Library going fine free go to
The Library had Carowinds tickets as prizes in 2019. Do you have them this year?   Thank you for inquiring about the Library's partnership with Carowinds!  Carowinds tickets will be awarded in a special drawing for children ages 5-17 this year; we have a limited number of tickets to give out. Carowinds has returned as a partner this year!  Adults and ages 0-4 are not eligible for the drawing.