Libraries to kick off reading challenge

DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) announced the 2024 Summer Reading Challenge will occur from June 1 – July 31.

Through the end of July, DCPL’s 23 branches will host more than 500 free programs to encourage everyone to read and explore the library’s many offerings through 2024’s challenge, dubbed “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

Children, teens, and adults can preregister using Beanstack, the library’s online reading challenge tracking platform and mobile app, at Adults also have the option of using a paper bingo card to track their progress, according to a news release. The cards will be available for pickup at all branches.

“While the Summer Reading Challenge is for everyone, keeping young people reading and learning during their summer vacation is especially important,” said DCPL Director Alison Weissinger. “Research indicates that students can lose about two months of reading achievement during the summer. That’s why the Summer Reading Challenge provides incentives to help youth retain their reading skills in a fun, exciting way.”

A news release states that those who reach challenge milestones can earn small prizes or digital badges, and those who finish the challenge will be entered into drawings for books, book bags, gift cards, Kindles, Bluetooth speakers and more.

DCPL also announced two summer reading kickoff events slated for children:

  • Tiny Tot Adventures (for ages 0-5 years) on June 1 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. at Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library. The event will feature a puppet show by Nguzo Babies, face painting and glitter tattoos, and photos with the library’s mascot. Parents and caregivers can register to attend on the library’s website.
  • Adventure Begins at Your Library Scavenger Hunt (for ages 6-12 years) from June 1-15 at all DCPL branches. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will receive gifts to get them started on their reading journey.

According to the news release, several branches will host magic shows, animal encounters, crafts, puppet shows, and more. All events are free and open to the public, but some events listed on the website require registration. Find more information at


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