Summer Reading Fun: Erie's Summer Library Challenge begins July 13

Macaroni Kid Erie is a proud sponsor of this program, designed to make reading fun for families!

July 9, 2020

Erie County Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Challenge launches Monday, July 13, and Macaroni Kid Erie is proud to be a sponsor!

The Summer Library Challenge, an annual Erie tradition, returns with a new twist in 2020: Participants may complete activities, log reading minutes, and earn badges through an online platform called Beanstack. There is also a mobile app.

As in previous Summer Library Challenges, paper forms continue to be available at all Erie County Public Library locations and offer the same reading log and activity prompts.

Committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Erie County, Erie County Public Library has adapted the annual Summer Library Challenge to promote contactless activities while still embracing all the fun and recognition this program provides to readers. 

By logging reading minutes and completing activities, participants of all ages (0-109) are able to earn badges that enter them into grand prize drawings. Five grand prizes will be available at each library location, with age brackets segmented into 0-2, 3-5, 6-12, 13-17, and 18+ years old. Winners will be drawn on Sept. 12, 2020.

Participants will earn virtual badges by logging the time spent reading, as well as completing four self-guided activities – a hands-on activity, a music activity, a nature activity, and a survey – on Beanstack. The virtual reading badges are issued at hour increments with a minimum total commitment of six hours.

Pre-registration is now open! Sign up online at or call the Erie County Public Library at 814-451-6900.

The Summer Library Challenge is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Erie County Public Library and Macaroni Kid Erie.

The mission of the Summer Library Challenge is to help students maintain learning acquired during the school year. 

Studies estimate that summer breaks contribute to the average student losing up to one month of instruction. Some students, particularly those from disadvantaged households, lose up to three months of learning.

Summer learning loss is greatest in math computation, reading and spelling. The Erie County Public Library is focused on supporting local children and students through quality books, collections, resources and programming.

Learn more about summer reading and writing programs through WQLN, Barnes & Noble, and the New York Times.