Summer Reading 2023
Summer Reading Programs for Kids, Teens, and Adults!
Monday, June 12 - Thursday, August 3
Read with us this summer at Mt. Lebanon Public Library! We have specially designed reading programs for kids, teens, and adults. Just click on a button below for the program that interests you to find information on registration, program directions, event listings, and booklists.
Good Luck! We look forward to seeing you at the library!
Register for Kids Summer Reading!
Sign up to participate in summer reading fun! This year, we'll be using Beanstack software to log reading and activities. Signing up for a new account and downloading the app only takes a few minutes. Once you're signed up, you can also download a paper tracking form if you'd prefer.
Please note: Due to a system change, all participants will need to create a new Beanstack account, even if you had an account for a previous Summer Reading challenge.
After you're registered, make sure to stop by the Children's Desk for your first Brag Tag!
Kids summer reading is for anyone ages 0-5th grade. Rising 6th graders can participate in the Teen Summer Reading program.
- To sign up for Teen Summer Reading, use the Teens tabs above
- To sign up for Adult Summer Reading, use the Adults tab above
- Find full instructions for creating a Beanstack account here.
Logging Your Reading
Once your Beanstack account is set up, you decide how you want to log your reading to earn points - choose from minutes or books completed (we suggest logging minutes for kids reading chapter book independently)!
- 30 minutes = 1 point
- 1 book = 1 point
Learn more about logging your reading here.
Stop by the Children's Library and show us your progress each week for a new Brag Tag! When your reach 20 points, you get a book to keep.
In addition to reading, kids can earn points by completing activities through Beanstack. Show some gratitute, get outside, and create a game for your friends and family with our summer challenges! Earn badges that count at points toward your free book as you complete challenges.
Kids Programs at the Library
We have tons of programs and events happening all summer long at the library. Register for storytimes, STEM programs, and more! Registration is required for all programs.
View our monthly program brochure here
Register for programs here
The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to all teens entering 6th - 12th grade.
This year, we'll be using Beanstack software to log reading and activities. Did you participate in the 2023 Summer Reading at the library? If so, you can use your same Beanstack account to begin logging this year. New to Beanstack? Signing up for a new account and downloading the app only takes a few minutes.
Log-In or Sign-Up for Beanstack
Find full instructions for creating a Beanstack account here.
Each time you stop in the library, visit the children's or teen reference desk for a check-in prize (new prizes available each week, with a limit of one prize per week)!
Log your hours read or number of books read (depending on your personal preference) using the Beanstack app on your phone (or Beanstack webpage on your computer) anytime between Monday June 12th and Thursday August 3rd. You can log each time you read, or log all of your reading at once.
Learn more about logging your reading here.
Remember, if you are reading summer required reading for school, you should count these as double the amount of time/books!
Once you earn 20 points, you are eligible to receive a free YA book of your choice.
There are three ways to enter to our grand prize drawings ($25 gift cards from local businesses). These are to log your reading, attend library events, and complete teen "bonus rounds" in the Beanstack app. These grand prizes will be drawn the second week of August. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter the grand prize drawings!
Teen Summer Reading library events will be happening every week, all summer! These events are free to participate in! You must register online in advance to attend. The full calendar of teen events with their signup sheets can be found here: https://mtlebanonlibrary.org/teens
Good luck and Happy Summer!
All Together Now: 2023 Adult Summer Reading Program
Sign up now to participate in summer reading fun! This year, we'll be using Beanstack software to log reading and activities. Signing up for a new account and downloading the app only takes a few minutes.
Register on Beanstack
Select “All Together Now Adult Summer Reading 2023.”
Select “Log Books” to enter the title of completed books. You will earn tickets for these titles that can be entered into drawing. You will be given the choice to choose which prize raffle you would like to add your ticket(s).
Select “Complete an Activity” if you are participating in the adult summer reading programs “Choose Your Own Reading Adventure” challenge (this is an additional challenge—see description and directions below).
Select “Log Minutes” if you would like to track the total amount of minutes you spent reading this summer. Logging minutes is not connected to tickets. You are only awarded tickets for logging titles of books. Weekly prizes will be awarded by number of minutes read each week. The library will generate these awards and will contact winners each week.
Click on “Add a Review” to enter a book review to gain extra tickets. We will be sharing book reviews in our weekly adult summer reading newsletters.
Each book you log will earn tickets; 1 Book=1 Ticket, 2 Books=2 Tickets, etc. Writing reviews will also earn tickets; 1 Review=1 Ticket, 2 Reviews=2 Tickets, etc. Participate in our "Choose Your Own Reading Adventure" activity challenge to earn even more tickets.
Choose Your Own Reading Adventure Challenge:
This summer we have a fun additional activity challenge that promises to take you on an amazing reading adventure. Stop by the library to pick up your passport to start this activity. There are four categories to complete: History, Food, Travel and Literature. Each category is completed when you have read five books within that category. Add a passport stamp for each book completed. Once you have completed one category log it in the appropriate activity challenge. You will be awarded ten tickets for each completed challenge. Stop by the Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s Adult Reference Desk to enter a special additional raffle for each completed activity challenges.
Looking for suggestions of books to help you complete “Your Own Reading Adventure Challenge?” You can read any book that you like that corresponds to each category. The library staff will be providing suggestions throughout the summer. Stop by the library to check out our themed displays in our new book area and throughout the library shelves. We will have many booklists for each category available at the library and online on our website’s summer reading page.
All Together Now Events:
All Together Now Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off
Monday, June 12th 11am-5pm
Stop by the Mt. Lebanon Public Library from 11am-5pm and visit our adult summer reading table. Staff will be on hand to assist you in registering for the program. We will be giving out “Your Own Reading Adventure” passport packages, booklists, bookmarks, and treats. We will have special reading themed raffle drawings. Find out about our upcoming events this summer and ask staff about any questions you might have about our summer reading program.
Throughout the summer we will be providing opportunities to get “All Together Now” to socialize, talk books and discover ways to find new reads and new friends.
Find Your Next Best Read: Discover Novelist
Thursday, 6/22/2023, 7:00pm- 8:00pm
Adult Services librarian, Eric Meisberger will review our Novelist database with all its bells and whistles. Novelist is a fantastic way to discover new authors in the genres you want to read. All library patrons have free remote access to this countywide resource. Registration required.
All Together Now Book Chat
Thursday, 6/29/2023, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Join librarians Eric and Sharon as they chat up some books perfect for our summer reading challenge. There will be plenty of time for everyone to chat about what they are currently reading or would like to read this summer. We will have treats and cold drinks and some reading themed raffle prizes to win. Registration required.
All Together Now End of Adult Summer Reading Soiree
Monday, 8/7/2023, 7:00pm -8:30pm
Let’s get together and celebrate our summer of reading! We will be serving a light dinner, summer desserts and cold drinks. We will have reading games and prizes. Registration required.