Winter Reading Challenge

Read for a Better World: #WinterRead2022 #ReadforaBetterWorld2022

Let's show America how much Suffolk reads by reading together and building up our community through books! 

Suffolk Public Library's annual Winter Reading Challenge runs from January 1st-31st, 2022. 

Register or log in to Beanstack to participate and track your books read. Paper logs will be available for pickup at our North Suffolk and Morgan Memorial branches for those who do not wish to log electronically. Register your whole family! You can log the books you read your children and the books they read you! If you have a favorite for bedtime that you read every night or a story they just can't get enough of, you can log the same title multiple times. Each time you log it increases your chances to win!


We're asking our community to log 8,000 books read in the month of January. That sounds like a huge number but we know that Suffolk loves to read and have always risen to the occasion for reading challenges. We can do this together so log every book you read! Click here for a printable flyer!


To participate in the Winter Reading Challenge all you have to do is log the titles of the books you read using Beanstack. Each title you log is like a raffle ticket. There will be prizes each week and grand prizes at the end of the month. So the more you read, the more chances you have to win! You can download or install the Beanstack app from your app store onto your phone. The app has a feature that let's you scan the barcode on each book to log the title in a snap! Click here for a printable large print reading log!

Weekly Prizes

January is cold, that’s why we’ve chosen cozy prizes for our weekly drawings, like an indoor smores kit, a giant gingerbread house, movie tickets, and ice skating tickets. Each Friday in the month of January we’ll hold a drawing and announce the winner on social media. So get started early with the Winter Reading Challenge for the best chance to win!

Grand Prizes

The Winter Reading Challenge wraps January 31st, so in early February we’ll hold our grand prize drawings and we are going big! The prizes are arranged by reader’s age.

  • Babies and toddlers (0-3 years old) – an adorable mini camper playhouse. Kids can enjoy reading, playing, or napping inside a cute playhouse that will engage their imagination.

  • School age kids (4-10 years old) – $200 gift card to Apex Entertainment in Virginia Beach. This place is insane, there’s bowling, bumper cars, laser tag, escape rooms. You also get an extra $200 at the arcade.

  • Teens (11-17 years old) – two two-park fun passes to Busch Gardens and Water Country. It gets you and a friend unlimited access to both parks in 2022 till school starts again in September.

  • Adults (18 and up) – the chillest prize of all, one year subscription to Netflix, courtesy of Suffolk Public Library. 

Help Us Win!

This is our fifth annual Winter Reading Challenge in partnership with Beanstack. This year’s corporate sponsor is Lerner Publishing and the theme is “Read for a Better World.” Lerner is sponsoring awards, like virtual author visits and new books for the collection, to recognize outstanding library participation in the Beanstack challenge. Each year SPL has won these awards! We want to keep Suffolk’s dedication to reading going strong! Help us keep our winning tradition alive by participating in the Winter Reading Challenge!

Remember the Winter Reading Challenge is only in the month of January. Register now on our website and get ready to log your reading for a chance to win cool prizes. Help us reach our goal of 8,000 books read across the city of Suffolk. We can do it!

Questions? Contact Matt Thompson at or 757-514-7161.