BIG Summer Read

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Something BIG is coming this summer.

Join. Borrow. Play. Win!

Let's keep kids reading over summer with our BIG Summer Read, a program that encourages kids to keep reading over the summer holidays. 

The program runs from 1 December to 31 January 2022 and uses Beanstack, an easy-to-use website and app, to track and reward reading. By reaching reading milestones, kids can earn badges and enter a prize draw to win movie tickets, Legoland tickets and book vouchers. 

To complete the challenge and enter our Major Prize Draw you need to read 10 books and complete 5 challenges via the Beanstack website or App (Apple and Android). All participants who complete the Big Summer Read Challenge will automatically be entered into our Major Prize Draw to win one of three prizes:

  • Village Gold Class Tickets (4 tickets)
  • Lego Discovery Centre Tickets (4 tickets)  
  • Jeffreys Books voucher to the value of $75  

The BIG Summer Read is a statewide reading program for young people being run in partnership with Public Libraries Victoria.

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is an application that incentivises reading and allows users to keep track of how many books/audiobooks have been read.

Available online and by a mobile app (known as Beanstack Tracker), Beanstack makes it easy to track your reading with features including a barcode scanner and reading timer.

Access Beanstack online.

Download the app for Apple and Android.

Who can participate?

The program is aimed at primary-aged children, but all Victorian residents under 18 are welcome to participate.

Children under the age of 13 will need their parent's permission in order to register with Beanstack. Parents can use the Family Account feature to track all of their children's reading from a single login.

How to register for the BIG Summer Read

To register via the website:

Go to Public Libraries Victoria (PLV) Beanstack reading challenge

Select 'Register an Individual or Family'.

Register parent/guardian and any children who would like to participate (Children under the age of 13 will need their parent’s permission in order to register with Beanstack).

You have now registered for the BIG Summer Read!

To register via the app:

Download the Beanstack Tracker App (Apple and Android )

Open the app and select 'School, Library or Bookstore'.

Search for 'Stonnington Library' and select 'Public Libraries Victoria'.

Select 'Sign up!' and register parent/guardian and any children who would like to participate (Children under the age of 13 will need their parent’s permission in order to register with Beanstack). 

You have now registered for the BIG Summer Read! 

Participating in the BIG Summer Read

To complete the challenge and enter our Major Prize Draw you need to read 10 books and complete 5 challenges via the Beanstack website or App (Apple and Android).

To log reading and complete challenges  via the website:

Login to Beanstack

Click on 'Reading and Activities' on the top left hand side of the page to log your reading and activities.

To log reading and complete challenges via the app:

Open the app and select 'School, Library or Bookstore'.

Search for 'Stonnington Library' and select 'Public Libraries Victoria'.

Login with the user details created when you registered.

Select the 'plus' sign and choose reading to log your books and activities to complete one the challenges.

Terms and Conditions

View the Terms and Conditions(PDF, 111KB) for the BIG Summer Read.

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