Reading Challenges

Enjoy a challenge? Then Oakville Public Library has you covered! We have a variety of reading challenges throughout the year to keep readers engaged.

Our reading challenges are available online through Beanstack. You can use the desktop version or download the app to a mobile device to participate.

How do I join a Reading Challenge?

To get started, create a Beanstack account. Parents/guardians will have to create an account for their children. Access the Beanstack website or login through the Beanstack app (available through the App Store and Google Play).

How do I use Beanstack for reading challenges?

After you create an account in Beanstack, challenges open to your age group will be displayed.

When you join a challenge, you earn badges and can be entered into draws by completing activities and logging the amount of time you have been reading.

Prizes and Eligibility

Some reading challenges, such as the Summer Reading Challenge, have prizes. Oakville residents with an OPL card are eligible to win prizes associated with a reading challenges. Winners will be required to provide proof of residence and/or their OPL library card barcode.

OPL staff, board members, and volunteers are not eligible to win prizes. For more information please see OPL’s Contests and Lotteries Policy.

Reading Challenges Currently Available

OPL Summer Reading Challenge 

Enrich your summer and join the annual OPL Summer Reading Challenge. A great activity for all ages, register with your friends and family starting on June 1. The Summer Reading Challenge helps you discover new titles and authors, and the more you read, the more challenge badges you can earn to increase your chance to win* some awesome prizes.

This year the theme is “Celebrate Your Community.” You will have the opportunity to read from local authors, participate in programs created with partnered organizations, and have chance to win experiences at Oakville businesses.

Register now through Beanstack and start your challenge now!

*Terms and conditions apply, see our Contests and Lotteries Policy at opl.ca.

Read Woke Canada

Read Woke Canada is a call to discovery. This reading challenge highlights Canadian authors, with a focus on including voices from the Black, People of Colour (POC), LGBTQ2S+ and other culturally-diverse communities whose voices are often not shared in public discourse. Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE.

Reading Lists:

Read Woke Canada: Women’s Voices
Read Woke Canada: Black Voices
Read Woke Canada: Diverse Abilities
Read Woke Canada: First Nations, Inuit & Metis Voices
Read Woke Canada: Immigration
Read Woke Canada: LGBTQ2S+
Read Woke Canada: Mental Health
Read Woke Canada: Poverty & Homelessness
Read Woke Canada: Social Injustice
Read Woke Canada: Voices of People of Colour

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KBBK)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1BBK) is a free literacy program for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Along with discovering new stories and authors, this challenge is also a great way to introduce early literacy to your little one which will make learning easier when they start Kindergarten. Join OPL’s online challenge to log reading and earn badges all along the way.

Reading Lists:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Friendship
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Feelings
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Food
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Exciting New Books for Fall


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