Adult Summer Reading Challenge - 2023

What is this?

This year's theme is "Find Your Voice." Our voices have power. We use our voices to share stories, express ourselves, and spark change. Our voices include not only the sounds we make, but the words we write, the art we create, the movements we perform, and the actions we take each day to impact our world.

During this challenge you'll earn a chance to win awesome prizes! It's easy to use the Beanstack app to unlock 25 badges, log your reading times and earn up to 100 virtual tickets.


Tell me more about these badges

There are 25 total badges you can earn. You get badges for time spent reading, attending events, and writing book reviews. With each earned badge you earn awards or virtual tickets.

Tickets, you say?

Yes. After you earn tickets, you can then assign those tickets to prize drawings that are given at the end of summer reading. Even if you only unock a handful of tickets, you still have a chance to win big. Up your odds of winning by earning more badges.  The last day to earn and enter tickets for a drawing is Friday, July 21.


What are the prizes?

There are seven main prize drawings this year, each has a retail value of $100.  You can spread your tickets out amongst mulitple options, or put all your eggs in one basket trying to win the one you want the most.  The choice is yours!  

Here are the list of prizes:

Share Stories Prize: Lunch with OFPL Director Ryan Johnson - Enjoy lunch from a local eatery of your choice with Director Ryan Johnson. This prize also includes a library tour and a gift basket. 1 winner for this prize.

Library on the Go Prize : Win an Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus tablet, 8” HD Display, 64 GB. All of our library apps will work nicely on this device. Take this kindle fire on the go to read eBooks and magazines. Of course, you can listen to audio books, music, and watch tv shows and movies! This is your library on the go! Two winners for this prize.

Spark Change Prize: Give Back - Help your community! Winner selects a favorite charity or nonprofit and the library will make a $100 donation in their name to that cause. Two winners for this prize.

Personal Library Prize: Books! - What's better than free books? Nothing! $100 shopping spree for books. The winners will recieve each book covered library-style. This prize includes a personalized stamp to mark their home collections. Two winners for this prize.

Take a Break Prize: Gift card to a local eatery - These winners will recieve a mid-season summer reading gift card to a local business in O'Fallon. Five winners for this prize.

I'm in, what do I need to do?

Download the Beanstack app on your phone to get started.  If you already have an account, you can use it again this year. If not, set one up with your email address.  It's free and easy.  

There are no set reading lists.  You have total freedom to pick the books you want to read. Just record the titles and track how long you read.  Simple as that. 

If you get stuck on anything, let a library staff person know.  We are here to help.


That's of luck!


Not an Adult? Checkout our Teen or Kid's Summer Reading Programs!

Questions? Contact Stephanie at [email protected] or 618-206-4345

Bad Art Show

This year we are trying something totally different - OFPL's first ever Bad Art Show! What is a Bad Art Show you may ask? It is where you take an existing print or piece of art and "enhance" it with paint, glitter, google eyes, stickers, dry noodles, clay, glue, etc. Here are the rules:

  • This event is open to all ages (children, teens, adult) but you may have only one piece of "Bad Art" per household. 
  • All original prints or pieces of art must be picked up from or approved by the library. 
  • Remember you are "enhancing" the original. Some of the original work must be visible.
  • All designs must include an entry form available HERE or from Youth Services 
  • Entries will be judged on originality and effort
  • Contest runs from May 27 - July 3 - Winners will be announced at the final show at 6:30 on July 6. You do not need to be present to win.
  • The prizes will be as unique as the art. Pictures of the winners will be featured on our website and in our social media.
  • All art must be picked up by July 21 or they will find a new home.