Summer Reading for all ages

Read with Lake Forest Library

Why We Read

We are happy you have decided to read with your family, friends, neighbors, and us! Lake Forest Library Reading Programs are designed to encourage shared reading experiences, thoughtful discussions, and meaningful community connections. For students, reading outside of school also helps enhance their academic abilities and reduce loss of skills over school breaks.

In addition to reading, our reading programs often invite you to attend Library programs, complete fun activities, or tackle other challenges to enhance your reading journey. Not to mention prizes!

On this page you'll find details about a specific reading program. All programs can be completed using paper logs -OR- online using the Beanstack app. If you have any questions about the program or using Beanstack, please contact us by calling 847.234.0636 or emailing

Using the Beanstack App

Absolutely! The Library continues to provide paper logs for all reading programs. They are available to download and print below, or you can pick them up at the Children's Circulation Desk or Adult Reference Desk.

  1. Download the free Beanstack app from your device's app store.
  2. Open the app and select "At my library, school, or bookstore."
  3. Select "Find a site."
  4. Search for "Lake Forest Library" and select it from the search results.
  5. Create your Beanstack app account using your email address and making up a password.
  6. *Tip* You can add multiple readers to the same account (such as your partner or children), and every reader can join different challenges.
  7. Select "Challenges" and join the current challenge.

If you prefer, you can create a Beanstack account and access open challenges in your browser by visiting the Library's Beanstack page at

If you don’t remember if you have an account, contact us by calling 847.234.0636 or emailing

  1. Open the Beanstack app or visit in your browser.
  2. Select "Sign In" and enter your email address and password.
  3. Select "Challenges" and enroll in the current reading program.
  4. Begin reading, completing activities, and logging your progress!

If you forgot what email address you used when creating your Beanstack account, contact us by calling 847.234.0636 or emailing

  1. Open the Beanstack app or visit in your browser.
  2. Sign in.
  3. If you have multiple readers on the same account (such as you and your children), you can switch between readers by tapping or selecting your name, initials, or profile image.
  4. In the app, tap the big plus sign ➕. If you're using the browser, select "Log reading and activities."
  5. Follow the prompts to enter your achievements.

You can always ask your Lake Forest Librarians for help. Contact us by calling 847.234.0636 or emailing

In the app:

  1. Tap the gear icon ⚙
  2. Tap help

In your browser: Info coming soon.


Summer Reading

Stay tuned for next time

This recurring program will return! Stay tuned for details.

(Past program) Summer Reading Beyond the Beaten Path 2022

June 1–August 31, 2022

Join your friends and neighbors to "read beyond the beaten path." You can:

  • Read or listen to books in new places, such as while camping in your backyard or basking at the beach.
  • Choose a new genre or topic or author.
  • Join a book group or attend an author talk at the Library.
  • Start your own book group with friends.
  • Read aloud as a family or dress up as characters and act out your favorite passages.
  • Create art or a game inspired by a book.
  • The possibilities are endless!

We can't wait to take the "read less traveled by" with you!


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How to Play and Earn Prizes!

Youth through Grade 6

Read or listen to books for ...

  • 2 hours: Special effects sidewalk chalk or an invisible ink pen
  • 3 more hours: Orienteering compass or Play-Doh with a creation tool
  • 4 more hours: Book prize

Complete challenges to earn raffle tickets to enter into the grand prize drawing of your choice.

Teens Grades 7–12

Read or listen to books for ...

  • 3 hours: Choose a prize from the teen treasure bin
  • 5 more hours: Choose another prize
  • 7 more hours: Book prize

For every book you read, earn a raffle ticket to enter into the grand prize drawing of your choice: A Book of the Month Club membership or a Nintendo Switch.


Earn a raffle ticket for each book you read (up to 6). Choose which weekly drawings you enter for a chance to win a gift card to a local business.

Read 3 books to earn a book prize and be entered in the grand prize raffle for a Book of the Month Club membership from Lake Forest Book Store.

Log Your Progress

Log with Beanstack

The Beanstack app is fun and easy to use! Simply download it from your device’s app store and follow the prompts to get started. You can also create a Beanstack account and access Summer Reading at

Log on Paper

Download your paper copy below by age group or stop by the Library to get your paper log sheets.