Winter Reading Program

Suffolk Reads 2.0

Let's show how much Suffolk reads inside and outside of the library by reading together and building our community through books! 

From January 1st to January 31st, Suffolk Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Mark Cuban from the show Shark Tank. There are also prize incentives to read and log your reading.

Register or log in to Beanstack to participate and track books read here. Paper logs will be available at each SPL location for those who do not wish to log electronically.


We're upping our goal this year! This year, we're challenging our community to read 8,000 books during the month of January and help us win awesome new tech.


Individual Competition
If Suffolk reads 8,000 books in January:

Participants who read and log books:

  • Will be entered to win the grand prize of a shopping spree at the Friends of the Suffolk Public Library bookstore.
    • There will be three winners, one from each age group: Kid (6-11), Teen (12-17), and Adult (18+).
    • Ages 0-5 are eligible to win a literacy fun pack.
    • One entry per book read.

Group Competition
Suffolk Public Library is participating in a nationwide competition sponsored by Beanstack and Mark Cuban from ABC's Shark Tank. Along with over 100 other libraries and schools, Suffolk will be trying to reach our community reading goal (8,000 books) in classrooms, homes, and in the library. 

If Suffolk and all the other libraries reach the competition-wide collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books, Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to split between top participating libraries.

The total prize money available to be unlocked is $35,000. They will have at least seven winners, and likely more. In 2018, SPL was a winner and received $1,500 so let's do it again! Winners will be determined based upon a few key factors:

  • Outreach: Number of registrants in relation to population size/ number of students enrolled in relation to school size.
  • Active participation: Percentage of those who enrolled who have participated and generally active participation throughout the program (depth of participation).
  • Absolute numbers: Total minutes and/or books logged at the library or school, especially in relationship to total population and then total participants.
  • Community sharing: We appreciate you spreading the love of reading with your community -- virtual and at the library! For those sharing and posting about #WinterRead2019 on social media, they will definitely get "brownie points" this year.

Register to participate in Suffolk Reads here. Only books logged from January 1 through January 31, 2019 will count towards the competition goal. Paper logs will be available at each SPL location for those who do not wish to log electronically.

Elementary School Participation

As an incentive for elementary schools to participate, the Suffolk school with greatest number of books read will receive a tech demo from Suffolk Public Library! The tech demo will include our Spheros as well as new library tech. Suffolk Public Library will also give the winning school a book donation that benefits the school library.

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