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Register. Read. Win Prizes.
May 15-July 31


  • Register in the Beanstack app or at any JCPL Branch starting May 15. If you register in May, you'll automatically be entered to win four (4) tickets to King’s Island.
  • Stop by a JCPL Branch and pick up an Explore Summer yard sign and a coupon good for a book at a Friends of JCPL book sale.
  • Want to participate but are unable to visit a branch or access Beanstack? Give your branch a call or Contact Us for assistance!
    Download the Reading Log if you'd prefer to track your time on paper
  • Post the Explore Summer sign in your yard. JCPL Prize Patrol will be out and about all summer, delivering prizes right to your door.

Read & Win

Read and log 10 hours (for Kids & Teens) or 15 hours (for Adults) from May 15 to July 31. When you meet your reading goal, choose a finisher's prize at your Branch. Choice of prizes:
  • JCPL tote bag
  • JCPL hat
  • popper fidget ball
  • jump rope
  • confetti beach ball
  • cat lunch bag
  • stuffed elephant
  • JCPL mug
2023 Explore Summer Prize Menu

You will also be automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing. 

Be an Eager Reader

For every additional 10 hours you read, you will earn an Eager Reader Beanstack badge and be entered to win a prize drawing for tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo, parking included, or tickets to the Indiana State Fair.

Weekly Learning Challenges

Each week when you complete and log three learning activities, come into a JCPL branch to pick a coupon from a local business and be entered for a chance to win a weekly prize drawing:

  • Week 1: Bike/Helmet
  • Week 2: Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Week 3: Pickleball Set
  • Week 4: Action Camera
  • Week 5: Arts & Crafts Set
  • Week 6: Nintendo Switch

JCPL Prize Patrol

Our prize patrol team will canvas Johnson County looking for Explore Summer yard signs May 31-July 24. Select participants will receive a JCPL tote bag filled with goodies.

Grand Prize

Great Wolf Lodge Getaway package: gift card to Great Wolf Lodge, stuffed wolf and a gift card for gas and food.

Community Prize

If we reach the Community Reading Goal of 3 million minutes read, JCPL will provide two Movie Nights at the Historic Artcraft Theatre.

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New Users: Sign up at any JCPL Branch or online using Beanstack for an easy way to track your progress. Want to learn more about Beanstack?

Returning Users: If you participated in last year's program or Achieve 3000/1000 Books Before Kindergarten, you already have a Beanstack account. Log in at jcpl.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack Tracker mobile app to enroll in this year's program beginning May 15

Please Contact Us if you cannot remember how to access your account--please do not create a new one.