Summer Reading Challenge, June 22-Sept. 7

The Town of Ballston Community Library and BH-BL are participating in “Imagine Your Story” as part of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge through the New York Libraries program.

It has never been more important for children to take time to continue their reading over the summer months. Studies show that even 20 minutes of reading per day can make a huge difference in the academic success of a child. Reading can also lower stress and anxiety during this difficult times.

How does the program work?

Participants keep track of the minutes they are engaged in any type of reading activity:

  • Adults reading to children
  • Children reading on their own
  • Listening to audio books
  • Reading e-books
  • Reading graphic novels
  • Family read-alouds

Readers log their minutes in to the online Beanstack program. After a certain number of minutes are logged, participants earn a prize or a virtual raffle ticket which can be entered into a prize drawing of their choosing.

How do I sign up?

On June 15, go to the Library’s website: and click on the Summer Reading tab to register. The website has detailed instruction sheets and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also email us at for assistance.

What do participant earn?

Prizes include free books, ice cream coupons, Applebee’s gift certificates and many other exciting raffle prizes.

Will there be other summer library programs this year?

Yes! The library will be offering virtual programs this summer. Please visit our Facebook page and calendar on our website to learn about upcoming program announcements.