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Library Introduces “Winter Reading Challenge”

Contact: Sean Jones, Wichita Public Library |

The Wichita Public Library will compete against hundreds of schools and libraries across the country this January in the “Winter Reading Challenge” hosted by Beanstack, the Library’s reading tracker application, and sponsored by Penguin Random House, a major publishing company.

From January 1-31, residents are encouraged to sign up for the “Winter Reading Challenge” on the Beanstack app (or online at, read two books and log the titles.

“The ‘Winter Reading Challenge’ invites residents to kick off the new year on the right foot with books and literacy,” Cynthia Berner, Director of Libraries, said. “If each resident of the City of Wichita reads two books in January, we could read almost one million books total.”

At the end of the month, top-performing schools and libraries will receive prizes sponsored by Penguin Random House, which include author visits and money for new materials. Residents will be able to see the city’s reading progress on the Beanstack app throughout the month.

“We’ve established great reading programs for children, teens and adults throughout the year, like the #ReadICT Challenge and the Summer Reading Program,” Berner said. “This is another way we can encourage reading and literacy in the community.”

Residents are asked to only log their titles between January 1-31 when the challenge is active on the Beanstack app. Titles logged outside of those dates won’t count towards the city’s total.

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