Explore Memphis Reading Challenge


THE MEMPHIS PUBLIC LIBRARIES PRESENTS THE Explore Memphis Reading CHALLENGE!

Explore Memphis is the Memphis Public Libraries summer reading program. Join our Explore Memphis Reading Challenge from June 1st through July 31st! Read and Explore (virtually or in-person) to earn points. The Challenge is fully online, offers you a way to track your reading, and you may even win a grand prize. It is for all ages, but does require an adult to sign up those under 13.

During this summer reading challenge everyone can earn points to complete the challenge! Ways to earn points are:

  • Reading: Each minute read is worth 1 point.
  • Finishing a Book: Finishing a book is worth 10 points.
  • Programs: Attending a virtual program is worth 20 points.
  • Exploring: Take a virtual tour or visiting a fun location like a museum or zoo is worth 20 points.

Children’s Challenge & Prizes

For children ages 0 to 12 they can get a weekly badge if they earn 60 points in that week. Points can be earned by reading or being read to, finishing a book, or exploring Memphis! Points earned during that week will only count towards that week’s badge.

Earning the weekly badge wins the child a prize! The prize can be picked up at any Memphis Public Library branch at any time during Explore Memphis.

Each of our Memphis Public Library branches will have three grand prizes, one per age group of 0-4, 5-8, and 9-12 years old. Each branch will have a drawing at the end of Explore Memphis to determine winners. A child is eligible for the grand prize drawing if they have earned at least one weekly badge, excluding the Registration badge. This means the child must have earned 60 points during a single week of Explore Memphis.

Grand prize winners will be announced after Explore Memphis has concluded.

Teen Challenge & Prizes

Teens are encouraged to read and explore this summer to earn 60 points a week! Try to earn as many points as you can. Every Memphis Public Library branch will have a weekly drawing for a prize. The more points you earn in a given week, the better your chances of winning the weekly prize!

This year there are two Samsung tablets as grand prizes for our Memphis teens. The winners will be determined by the teen that has most and second most points earned during Explore Memphis.

Grand prize winners will be announced after Explore Memphis has concluded.

Adult Challenge & Prizes

Adults are encouraged to read and explore this summer to earn 60 points a week! Try to earn as many points as you can. Every Memphis Public Library branch will have a bi-weekly drawing for a $25 gift card. You are eligible for the bi-weekly drawing if you have earned at least 60 points during that two week period of the drawing. The more points you earn during those two weeks, the better your chances of winning the bi-weekly prize!

This year we have three Kindle Fire 7’s as grand prizes. Winners will be determined by most points earned during Explore Memphis per region of the Memphis Public Libraries. Each region (North, South, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library) will have a single grand prize winner.

Grand prize winners will be announced after Explore Memphis has concluded.


HOW DO I START?

1.

Visit our Explore Memphis Challenge @ Beanstack

2.

Create an Account and register yourself and your family for the challenge.

Already have an account?

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Read and explore Memphis to obtain points to earn prizes. Need help finding something to read? Check out our online resources below!

Want to Find a Program to attend?

Our Events at the Library page details some of more popular events that we will have going on this summer. Want to see all the events we’ll have? Check out our calendar of events to find all the programs that the Memphis Public Libraries have to offer.

Want to find a program for a specific age group? We have all events for all ages:

NEED A GOOD BOOK TO READ?

Our Ebook and Audiobooks that are available online require a library card. If you need a library card you can register online! Have a library card but need to renew it? If you card has expired you can submit an online request to renew it for a year.

Need help figuring out what title to read next? Check out our Reading List page with reward winners, best sellers, and new books added to the collection.

Have an issue setting up your Beanstack account? Use our online form to get help.

Libby

Libby by OverDrive is a redesigned app to access the same collection as the OverDrive app.

Need help with Libby? Check out Libby Help! A Library card is required to check books on Libby. Need a library card? Register for one online!

Miss the old OverDrive site? You can still use the OverDrive on your desktop or mobile device.

Book Bundles

Are you missing the ability to browse our shelves for books for your children? Use Book Bundles and we’ll pick out a bundle of books for your child!

Magazines @ Overdrive

Our magazine collection has moved to OverDrive!

Check out our collection of current and popular magazines.

Explore Memphis is Sponsored by

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