Summer Reading Challenge 2023

Join us for the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge! It's for all ages and will take place June 1 through July 31.


Reading Challenge

This year we have set a challenge of reading 1,000 minutes per participant as well as a community challenge of one million minutes. Every time you read you help meet those challenges and help us reach our goals!

You can use Beanstack to track reading, earn badges, and participate in extra fun. You can signup and participate online or with the Beanstack app from the Google Play store or Apple Store.

 If you wish to participate with traditional pencil and paper that's fine too! Simply visit your local library to sign up on or after May 25 and receive a reading log.



Reading Prizes

No matter how you participate, you'll be eligible for prizes which include stickers, fidget spinners, stress balls, notebooks, book bucks, food coupons, bookmarks, reading lights, and more. Each time you read 250 minutes you complete a level, and each level opens up a new prize option. Once you read 1,000 minutes you complete the reading challenge and are eligible for one of the grand prize drawings! This year there will be a grand winner at each library for each age group (children, teens, and adults), and winners get to choose their grand prize from the following choices:

Carbondale Clay Center: Certificate for private two hour lessons for a group up to 4 people. Includes hand building, pre-glazing, The Carbondale Clay Center will fire, and winners will pick up their pieces two weeks later

Get Air Trampoline Park (Grand Junction): Day passes for up to four people.

Glenwood Adventure Company: Certificate for a group up to four people. Winner can pick between their rafting, bike rentals, horseback riding, or off-road jeep tour packets.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Summer Funday packet day passes for up to four people.

Sopris Alpaca Farm (Silt): A stay at their BnB, including a tour and Alpaca feeding for up to four people.

Super Kids Play Park (Rifle): All day passes including VR for up to four people.

ToP Adventures (Parachute): Rafting packet including kayak or raft rental for up to four people.



Summer Reading Children's Events

All major children's events (except for the ice cream socials) will follow this schedule:

Tuesdays at 11 am in Carbondale
Tuesdays at 2 pm in Glenwood Springs

Wednesdays at 11 am in New Castle
Wednesdays at 2 pm in Silt

Thursdays at 11 am in Parachute
Thursdays at 2 pm in Rifle

Magic Out Loud with Amazing Dave Elstun • June 6 to 8

Professor Proton's Spectacular Science Show • June 13 to 15

Will the Real Sombeski Please Stand Up? with Salida Circus • June 20 to 22

Dance Workshop with Mr. Tap • June 27 to 29

Ice Cream Socials • July 5 and 6

Yoga and Mindfulness with Diane Laughlin • July 11 to 13

Music & Magic Friendzy with Pint Size Polkas • July 18 to 20

Hip Hop for Families: Unity with Mr. Kneel • July 25 to 27


Events for Teens

Teen Virtual World

June 13 • 6 pm • Silt
July 13 • 1 pm • New Castle
July 19 • 2 pm • Carbondale


Teen Gamers Club Tournaments

June 24 • 2 pm • Parachute
July 22 • 2 pm • Parachute


Events for Adults

Film Screening: The Public

June 14 • 5:30 pm • New Castle
June 15 • 6 pm • Silt
June 15 • 6:30 pm • Parachute
July 12 • 5:30 pm • Carbondale
July 13 • 5:30 pm • Glenwood Springs
July 24 • 6 pm • Rifle


Latin Dance Workshops

July 11 • 6 pm • Parachute
July 18 • 6 pm • Glenwood Springs
July 19 • 6 pm • New Castle
July 20 • 6 pm • Silt
July 21 • 6 pm • Rifle
July 22 • 2 pm • Carbondale