Joplin Public Library Hosts Winter Reading Challenge

(Joplin, MO) – Do you miss our Summer Reading Program? To help with the waiting, Joplin Public Library is excited to announce their first ever Winter Reading Challenge! 

This fun, self-guided program will run from January 1 to January 31, 2021. Throughout the whole month, participants are invited to read or listen to the material(s) of their choice and track their completed minutes. Tracking will be completed (in any increment, as often as you wish) through the free smartphone or tablet reading challenge app Beanstack. Beanstack may also be accessed online at There will also be paper tracking sheets available for pickup at the Library. No library card is required for participation in this challenge!

All ages are invited to participate. Pre-readers’ time will be tracked in the amount of minutes they are listening to someone read aloud. Individual goals for the month are set at two hours total reading time for children up to twelve and four hours for teens and adults ages 13 and up. Anyone completing their goal is eligible to win prizes through Beanstack and Simon and Schuster, and will also receive a drink voucher from Joplin’s Bearded Lady Roasters, courtesy of the Joplin Public Library.

One exciting feature of Beanstack is that it will track the progress of our community as a whole! The Library has set a community-wide goal of 80,000 minutes read by January 31. Did you know there are are an estimated 80,000 narwhals in the world? Let’s read a minute for each one! Our mascot, Nelly Narwhal, will keep us updated and enthusiastic on our progress through the Library’s social media and website pages.

The theme of the challenge is “Books Like Us,” a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. Patrons using Beanstack will enjoy winter animal-themed artwork (hence our creation of Nelly Narwhal) in the way of earning virtual badges for completing goals.

If you have any questions about this program, the Library staff would be happy to help you. Please visit us at 1901 E. 20th Street in Joplin, call 47.623.7953 or email or You may sign up for the program any time from now until the end of January and backdate and track any time read at


Jeana Gockley, Director, or Chelsey Gatewood, Public Relations & Marketing Assistant
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953 or

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