Winter 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 reference@lakeforestlibrary.org.

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 lakeforestlibrary.org/beanstack.

If you don’t remember if you have an account, contact us by calling 847.234.0636 or emailing reference@lakeforestlibrary.org.

  1. Open the Beanstack app or visit lakeforestlibrary.org/beanstack 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 reference@lakeforestlibrary.org.

  1. Open the Beanstack app or visit lakeforestlibrary.org/beanstack 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 reference@lakeforestlibrary.org.

In the app:

  1. Tap the gear icon ⚙
  2. Tap help

In your browser: Info coming soon.

 

Winter Reading

Stay tuned for next time

This recurring program will return! Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for your interest in this past event, service, survey, or contest. The event or information has expired and is no longer active.

(Past program) Conquer a Genre Winter Reading Program 2021–22

This winter we invite you to snuggle up with multiple books in a single genre!

How to participate

  1. Register online in the Winter Reading calendar event. Make a separate registration for each participant!
  2. Download/Print the Book Log PDF for your age group below. Your Book Log includes instructions, a list of genres, and prizes.
  3. Choose a genre from your age group's list and read the required number of books. If you choose to conquer additional genres, more power (and more prizes!) to you.
  4. Bring in your Book Log to redeem your prizes by February 28.

 

Youngsters through Grade 1


Pick a genre below. To conquer it, read or listen to 5 BOOKS.

  • Award-winning Books
  • Books that Rhyme
  • Books about Animals
  • Books about Bugs
  • Books about Families
  • Books about Feelings
  • Books about Imaginary Things (dragons, unicorns, mermaids, ...)
  • Books about Places
  • Books about Real People (Biographies)
  • Books about Things that Go

Youngster Prizes


For each book read

1 RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: your choice between a $60 gift card to the Lake Forest Book Store OR a 200-piece Tinkertoy Building Set

For each genre conquered

1 BOOK PRIZE

Prize limits

Conquer up to 5 genres to earn 25 raffles tickets and 5 book prizes.

Youngster Book Log

 

Youth Grades 2–6 Genres


Pick a genre below. To conquer it, read or listen to 4 BOOKS.

  • Animal Lovers
  • Fantasy
  • Funny
  • Graphic Novel
  • History
  • Mystery

Youth Prizes


For each book read

1 RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win one of three $60 gift cards to Lake Forest Book Store

For each genre conquered

1 BOOK PRIZE

Prize limits

Conquer up to 6 genres to earn 24 tickets and 6 book prizes.

Youth Book Log

 

Teen Grades 7–12 Genres


Pick a genre below. To conquer it, read or listen to 3 BOOKS.

  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Mystery
  • Realistic
  • Science Fiction
  • Wildcard

Teen Prizes


For each book read

1 RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win a Book of the Month Club or a Nintendo Switch

For each genre conquered

1 BOOK PRIZE

For every additional book you read (no limit) in any genre

1 RAFFLE TICKET

Prize limits

  • Conquer up to 6 genres (and read additional books) to earn unlimited raffle tickets and 6 book prizes.

Teen Book Log

 

Adult Genres


Pick a genre below. To conquer it, read or listen to 3 BOOKS.

  • Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Nonfiction
  • Sci-Fi
  • Wildcard

Adult Prizes


For each book read

1 RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win one of three $60 gift cards to Lake Forest Book Store

For each genre conquered

1 BOOK PRIZE

For every additional book you read (up to 7) in any genre

1 RAFFLE TICKET

Prize limits

  • Conquer up to 1 genre (and read additional books) to earn 10 raffle tickets and 1 book prize.

Adult Book Log