Big Summer Read | Goldfields Library Corporation

BIG Summer Read BIG Summer Read

JOIN. BORROW. PLAY. WIN! #BigSummerRead registrations are now open.

1 December 2021 - 31 January 2022

Summer is the perfect time for children to indulge in books and stories and read for pleasure! Join in the brand new BIG Summer Read for your chance to win some great prizes including book vouchers and gift cards.

The BIG Summer Read, developed by Public Libraries Victoria, aims to raise awareness of the benefits of reading over summer and ensure primary-school children continue to build on the skills learned at school. Research has identified a phenomenon known as the 'summer slide', which refers to the loss of literacy skills over the summer holidays when children do not read. This is estimated to be the equivalent of 2-3 months of reading proficiency.

Let's work together to slow the slide! Together, we are aiming to engage 10,000 children in the program!

Registrations are now open.

Register for the BIG Summer Read


Step 1: Register

  1. Go to the Public Libraries Victoria (PLV) Beanstack reading challenge page (You might want to bookmark this so you can find it easily when registering each new book you read)
  2. Click "Register an Individual or Family"
  3. Register parent/guardian and any children who would like to participate. You can register multiple readers.
  4. Use 'Goldfields Libraries' as your primary library 

Once registered you can log reading on the site.

Paper registrations are available through your local library. Please note: paper registrations must be returned to the library by Monday 24 January, 2022.

Step 2: Join the BIG Summer Read

  1. Click "Register" to join the BIG Summer Read 2021
  2. BIG Summer Read is aimed at primary-aged readers, but anyone under 18 is welcome to participate. Children under 13 will need parental permission to use the app or website.

Step 3: Log your reading

On a smartphone or tablet:

Download the free Beanstack App from iTunes or the Play Store. Sign in using the registration details you just created on the website.

The app also includes a timer if you want to time minutes of reading!

On a PC:

Login using a browser and click on "Reading and Activities" on the top left-hand side of the page to log your reading and activities

On paper:

Log your reading on a paper registration form. Pick one up from your local library

You can switch between different readers in the family in the 'Switch Reader' option.



What is Beanstack?

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

A mobile app (also known as Beanstack Tracker) makes this easy with features including a barcode scanner and reading timer.

Will there be a paper-based alternative for those unable to use technology?

Yes – Please visit your local library to pick up a paper-based form.

What ages is the challenge aimed at?

The challenge is aimed at primary-school aged children, but is open to anyone under 18 years of age. 

What are the challenges?

The challenges encourage participants to borrow and read a broad range of books/audiobooks and include a variety of simple STEAM activities. The challenges are added beneath 5 activity badges (one for each mascot) – all badges are needed to complete the challenge.

All challenges will be released at the start of the program and can be completed at any time.