Summer Break is Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s summer learning challenge. Summer Break combines the traditional recommended 20 minutes of reading per day with a variety of other learning activities.
Like so many things, we’ve had to rethink and readjust our traditional Summer Break program during this year, but we’re excited to be reading and learning virtually with everyone. After all, we’re all in this together, so let’s all read together!
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Because of the effects on our community from COVID-19, the Library has made some unprecedented changes to Summer Break 2020. This year it has been split into two separate programs.
During Summer Break: At Home June 1-June 30, you are challenged to stay at home and read 15 million minutes with the community while working towards virtual badges. You can participate by reading, writing, creating, playing, exploring and giving. You can track activities at home like reading books, playing a game, creating a drawing, taking a walk, or writing a card to a friend or family member!
Starting July 1 through August 8, the Summer Break: Reading Takes You Everywhere challenge launches for you and the community to read another 20 million minutes, and you can also earn prizes and virtual badges!
You can sign up for either one or both challenges, but we would love participation in both challenges to help meet our combined community reading goal of 35 million minutes! Last year our community read 31,481,672 million minutes, and we’d love your help reading even more this summer!
Registration for Summer Break: At Home begins on June 1. You can create your account in Beanstack early, then register for the Summer Break: At Home challenge to start logging your reading and activities from June 1 through June 30, 2020.
An individual account means that you will record reading time and activities for yourself.
A family account allows people within the same household to participate on one Summer Break account together.
When you create an account for the Summer Break website, you have the option to add family members to that account. Once you do, you’ll be able to log reading time or activities for each family member. If you created the account, you are the Account Creator. If you did not create the account, you are a family member. Only Account Creators can log in to track reading and activities but can share their login information with family members if they want to.
Visiting family members are encouraged to participate in Summer Break and can create their own individual or family account.
Yes! Group accounts are designed for people who want to participate together but are not part of the same household. Summer camps, daycares, senior centers, and other groups can sign up on their own or with staff assistance and then log their reading and activities together.
Group Account Creators can have multiple groups under one Account Creator and email address.
A library card number is not required to complete either the Summer Break: At Home or Summer Break: Reading Takes You Everywhere challenges.
Click “Sign In” if you already have a Beanstack account. You can select the "Recover password?" link. This link will send an email to the address on your account that will help you reset your password.
Click on the “Settings” or “gear” icon" in the upper right-hand corner of your Beanstack account page. Under the “Edit Account” dropdown you can edit the Account Creator’s email address, password, phone number and branch location.
Select the reader you want to edit in the top left corner. Click “Edit Reader”. Here you have the option to personalize your reader. You can edit “Basic Information” under the link such as name, age, library card number, school, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools or ONE Access student ID number, grade and home library location.
Once you are signed up, logged in, and have chosen the Summer Break: At Home or Summer Break: Reading Takes You Everywhere challenges, click the "Log reading and activities" orange button at the top of your dashboard. Choose who participated in the activity, then select whether you are logging minutes or activities and fill out the required information.
You may read anything you like. We just want you to read! You can read to yourself, to someone else or have someone read to you. You can read books, magazines, newspapers, websites, email, comics, blogs or listen to recorded books.
We all read at our own pace, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day. The website will allow you to log reading in 10 hour increments, but of course, we want you to do something else with the other hours in your day, like sleep.
Complete Summer Break during each challenge by reaching 600 points. These points can be obtained by:
Please note that you can only earn 300 points for doing learning activities, and we encourage you to read all summer long!
As of July 1, 2020 prize distribution is not available due to current library operations and procedures. The Library is in Phase 1 of our re-opening plan. We plan to start Summer Break prize pick up during Phase 2. Click here for the complete Library re-opening plan.
Participants cannot earn fine waivers for Summer Break 2020.
Thank you for inquiring about the Library's partnership with Carowinds! While the Library hopes to continue our partnership in the future, Carowinds tickets are not offered as prizes for Summer Break 2020.