Lincoln City Libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge 2019

Lincoln City Libraries is again asking the community to participate in a national reading challenge sponsored by Beanstack, a web and mobile application used by Lincoln City Libraries to track self-directed reading time and help build a culture of reading in libraries and at home.

From January 1st to January 31st, Lincoln City Libraries will participate in Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge. We challenge our patrons to read at least 2.5 million minutes during the month and keep track of their reading at Two hundred and fifty libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes or books. If readers reach the collective goal, “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries to expand access to resources offered within their communities.

Lincoln often lands on top 10 lists in various categories. Can Lincoln be one of the cities with the highest “reading rate” in the country?

Did you know Lincoln City Libraries was one of five winners last year with 2,658 readers and 1,569,495 minutes logged? Start your New Year’s reading resolution by enrolling in the Winter Reading Challenge and help Lincoln win the title for most minutes read!

Help Lincoln win! If Lincoln wins the challenge, the prize money will support the Begin with Books program which provides free, high quality books to young, low-income children.

If you already have a Beanstack account, it’s easy to enroll and start logging minutes. If not, enroll yourself by following the easy prompts at, or visit your branch library and our staff will get you started. Paper booklets for keeping track of your reading time are available. Reading time must be recorded on the Beanstack site by January 31, 2019, to qualify for the challenge.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Challenge.

In support of the community’s focus on childhood literacy, and to reduce barriers to use of its resources, Lincoln City Libraries has eliminated overdue fines on youth materials effective January 1, 2019.