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Reading Challenges

Grimes Public Library offers the following reading challenges for children and teens online and in-person.

Summer Reading

This years’ Summer Reading Program runs from June 1st–July 21st. Reading can be tracked online at or on a paper calendar available at the library. Our reading challenge is available for all ages, birth-adult! Want to see what great programs we have planned? Check out our online calendar.

Summer Reading initially began to keep school-aged kids reading throughout their summer vacation.  Over the years, however, it expanded to keep kids learning and engaged as well as just reading. Summer Reading has expanded to include all ages – birth to adult. After all, we all deserve a little summer fun!

  • Sign up at the Library or online at to earn a FREE BOOK
    • You can also download the Beanstack Tracker App, available for Android and Apple devices.
    • If you participated in Summer Reading last year, you already have a Beanstack account! Call or message the Library for your login credentials.
  • Track each day you read in June & July
    • Read 10 days to earn a coupon or small prize and an entry into our Grand Prize Raffle
  • Keep reading to earn more prizes and raffle entries
  • Have Fun!


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read one thousand books (any book, or the same book over and over) before your child’s first day of Kindergarten to earn free stickers, books, and their picture in Grimes Living! Track your progress online or with a 1,000 Books folder available at Grimes Public Library.


LevelUP Beginning Reader Challenge

Read 12 books from our EAS (beginning reader) or GRA EAS (graphic beginning reader) collections to earn your own beginning reader book to keep! Track your progress online or on a LevelUP punchcard available at Grimes Public Library.


Book Award Tracking – Track your reading as you work through yearly award nomination lists and submit your vote for your favorite. (Offered online only.) Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award, Iowa Goldfinch Award, Iowa Children’s Choice Award, Iowa Teen Award, Iowa High School Book Award.

Ongoing Reading Challenges – Motivate your young reader with challenges and prizes anytime of year!