What is the Summer Adventure Challenge?
Summer Adventure is the Cobb County Public Library’s annual initiative to engage our patrons throughout the summer. From June 1 to August 1, patrons are encouraged to participate in the Summer Adventure Challenge to track their reading and earn badges to win prizes!
What ages can participate in the Summer Adventure Challenge?
Anyone can participate in the Summer Adventure Challenge! There are no age limits and there is something for everyone, birth through adulthood.
Why should I sign up for the Summer Adventure Challenge?
The Library’s Summer Adventure Challenge encourages everyone to get active in their community, celebrates reading, and is a great way for children, teens, and adults to have fun together and independently.
Why should my child sign up for the Summer Adventure Challenge?
Studies have shown that students often experience a “summer slide,” meaning that they lose educational gains made during the school year, especially in reading. Our Summer Adventure Challenge is a fun and easy way to track how much reading children are engaging in over the summer. Let’s fight the “summer slide” together!
What is Beanstack?
Beanstack in an online reading tracker for your whole family. Log your reading and learning activities all summer long with Beanstack’s easy-to-use website or app!
Who uses Beanstack?
Everyone! Track your participation for yourself or the whole family through Beanstack.
How does Beanstack work?
- Visit cobbcat.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack App (by Zoobean) from Apple Store or Google Play.
- If using the app, search “Cobb” to find us.
- Create an account in Beanstack. Your information is confidential and will not be shared.
- Add “readers,” yourself and/or the members of your family.
- Choose learning activities to complete and log your reading.
- Earn six badges and receive a completion prize! A free book (children and teens) or a tote bag (adults).
- Automatically be entered into a drawing for a free Box of Books!
What is the Box of Books prize?
This year we are giving away a special box at each library. Anyone who wins this special box will be able to take it to our Fall Book Sale in October and fill it with as many books as they can fit in it—all books of their choosing—for free!
How many times may I/my child be entered into the drawing for the Box of Books?
You may only enter into the drawing one time. Good luck!
Do I need to visit the library?
You do not need to visit the library to complete learning activities; however, you will need to visit the library to pick up your completion prize.
How many activities can I/my child complete each day?
As many as you want! You can find more activities on our website at cobbcat.org/summer.
Is there a paper version?
Yes! We’ve posted a paper log at cobbcat.org/summer for you to download and print if you prefer. In order for you to receive a prize you will need to create an account in Beanstack; but don’t worry, library staff will be happy to help you create it.
Why are students logging minutes read instead of listing the books they have read?
There are many reasons why we have decided to track minutes read.
Children may become discouraged because they did not read a certain number of books in the summer. Recording minutes read instead of the number of books reduces pressure and helps children enjoy reading more! It also encourages children to read books of all lengths and sizes. Note: If you would like to keep a list of your child’s books, please visit cobbcat.org/summer to print a paper log at home or ask your librarian for one.
My family will be out of town this summer. How can we still participate?
Everyone can log activities and reading on Beanstack no matter where they are.
My child was already signed up for a summer reading program at school. Why should we participate in the public library’s program?
We have joined forces with Marietta City Schools and Cobb County School District to promote reading all summer. Children can log the minutes they have read even with required reading. Beanstack provides fun incentives the more reading your child logs, and you can stop by your local library to pick up reading material.