Winter Reading Challenge 2021: “Books Like Us”

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Fri, Jan 01 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

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Buellton Library

The all-ages reading program runs from January 1st through February 13th, 2021

Ring in the new year with good books and exciting prizes!

From January 1st to February 13th, the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries will host a six-week Winter Reading Challenge for children, teens and adults to start off the bright new year with the transformational power of reading!

This year’s Winter Reading Challenge will be held completely online through Beanstack, a website and app that makes keeping track of your reading incredibly easy and fun, and its theme – Books Like Us – invites readers to celebrate diversity and the power of seeing their stories reflected in books.

Readers who used Beanstack for the 2020 Summer Reading Program can simply log in to their existing Beanstack account and sign up for the Challenge on January 1st, and new users can get started by creating a free account in just a few minutes. Visit, or download the free app for Apple and Android devices to log your books on the go.

During each week of the Winter Reading Challenge, the Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries will hold drawings for exciting prizes such as themed gift baskets, gift cards to local restaurants, stickers, games, art kits, books and more, thanks to the generous support of our local partners. Readers are eligible for prize drawings each week that they log at least one book in their Beanstack account. Books of all kind are welcome, including print books, eBooks, graphic novels, and audiobooks.

In addition to local drawings, our community also has the chance to win national prizes from the publisher Simon & Schuster, the sponsor of the Books Like Us program. The ten libraries with the highest participation will win virtual author visits from the likes of Stuart Gibbs, Sharon M. Draper, and many more, plus a collection of fifty books from the Simon & Schuster Books Like Us collection. The 2021 Books Like Us Winter Reading Challenge will open January 1st.

Happy reading, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley!

Thank you to our generous local sponsors:

The Friends of the Goleta Valley Library
The Home Depot
Madi’s Treasure Box
Miner’s Ace Hardware


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