Summer Library Program 2020


Youth: Birth through Grade 12

The Portage County Public Library is excited to reveal the 2020 Summer Reading Club Challenges. These challenges have been designed to engage youth in exploring new ideas, books, and activities.  The challenges are free and there are no fees for any of the activities.  Children and teens can read and complete activities to earn badges and prizes. This summer progress will be tracked in a new way, using the Beanstack website or app, Beanstack Tracker.  Beginning June 15, start logging minutes of reading and participating in the activities, located exclusively in Beanstack

Get started:   

1. Create an account on Beanstack. All family members can be registered under one account. Each child/teen will be placed in a challenge based on their age/grade level. This will be used to log minutes of reading and activities.

2. Start earning points by logging reading minutes and completing the activities listed in the challenges.

3. Each participant can earn two free books by reading and completing activities.

Please note: Prizes earned will be held until they can be safely picked up at a preferred branch location. (See note below under "Summer Reading Club Prize Redemption.") Prizes must be redeemed at preferred branch location by August 29, 2020. Watch the website for updates.

In addition to the individual challenges, all Portage County kids & teens will be participating in a Community Reading Challenge! The goal is to log 250,000 minutes of reading during the Summer Reading Challenge dates of June 15 – August 8 through Beanstack.  All minutes logged on Beanstack will automatically be counted. If a child or teen finishes a challenge before August 8, any extra minutes logged will contribute to the community goal. Good luck, Portage County readers!


Summer Reading Club Resources:

Brick Central Building Club Challenges

  Every Thursday (beginning June 11), a new challenge will be posted to our Facebook page. Complete the challenge and upload an image to our virtual display case, aka the Facebook post, then like and comment on other's creations.

#1: Imagine Your Story

#2: Ultimate Tree Fort

#3: Wonderful Me!

Curbside Pickup

Click here for more information:

Family Book Breaks

  Watch one of your local librarians read a picture book at 10:30am every weekday on Facebook. #PCPLBookBreak

Learning Labs

Call 715-346-1549 or your preferred branch location to reserve these grab-n-go kits today! First come, first served, while supplies last, to be picked up via curbside service. #PCPLLearningLab

#1: Plant a Seed

#2: Constellations

#3: Straw Rockets

Performers (Virtual)

Bubble Wonders Bubble Show:

Portage County Public Library is proud to bring you our next virtual performance of the summer: Bubble Wonders Bubble Show! Beginning Thursday, July 2 - July 7, follow this link to a recorded performance with Geoff Akins, aka The Bubble Man: Be sure to watch our website and Facebook page for upcoming virtual summer fun! Enjoy!

Storytime Scavenger Hunts

  We are excited to bring you a new way to enjoy storytime from home. Follow the links for a Storytime Scavenger Hunt!




Gators & Crocs:


Chicks & Eggs:









Summer Reading Club Prize Redemption

There are two ways that you are able to redeem your rewards.

#1: We are open! The Stevens Point Branch hours are Monday - Friday from 10am - 6pm. Stop in to choose your prize from the display case.

#2: Call the Youth Services desk (or your preferred branch location) and talk through some title options for each child and pick them up via our curbside service. This will limit their choices but can be done without the need to enter the building.

Youth Services (715) 346-1549