Summer reading program goes digital

There’s something for everyone with the EBR library's online program

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, began Tuesday, June 1, and will run through Sunday, August 15.

The traditional summer reading program, which relied on paper logs,regular visits to the Library, and attendance at Library programs, is now digital.

Powered by Beanstack, the new program hosting software, there are four Summer Reading Challenges for all ages, as well as tons of online programming family fun with the Virtual Programming Challenge! Beanstack Summer Reading Challenges It’s easy! Just read and complete activities to earn virtual badges. Each challenge has both a reading/logging element, as well as an activity factor. The rules, requirements, badges and incentives vary based on the age group. Sign up at your local Library location, or online at There’s even a mobile app!

There are two fun-filled programs for children based on their ages and reading levels: Li’l Ones, for ages 0-5, and Young Readers, for ages 5-11. For Li’l Ones, children can earn up to 30 reading badges and complete up to 24 activity badges. Young Readers can earn up to 75 reading badges by completing timed reading sessions and collect up to 50 activity badges! Both Children’s Challenges can earn up to five entries into our weekly drawings. Completion packets will include a choice of two free book bags, a free book, and coupons from area vendors, while supplies last.

Our Teen Challenge, designed for grades 6 through 12, allows readers to earn up to 105 reading badges by completing timed reading sessions and complete seven quests (combined activities) to earn activity badges! Challenge yourself to collect all 112 badges this summer! Earn up to 22 entries into the weekly drawings for each of the milestone badges! Teen completion packets will include a free backpack with a surprise inside.

The Adult Challenge, for ages 18 and up, still requires reading a minimum of three books to earn completion. However, readers can keep reading and logging as in the past. There are 27 activity badges designed to have you explore the website and enjoy community events. 

Sign up at or at your local branch library. Adults will receive a small prize for signing up. Once you have completed your first log, it can be redeemed for a tote bag and a voucher for $3 off your fines! Want to keep reading? Patrons can participate up to three times, and each completed log enters your name in a drawing for a grand prize.

At the end of the summer, grand prize winners will receive awards from area merchants and the Patrons of the Public Library. Start by registering at, the FREE mobile app, or by speaking with a staff member.

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