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Register. Read. Win Prizes.
May 13-July 31


  • Register in the Beanstack app/website or at any JCPL Branch starting May 13. If you register in May, you'll automatically be entered to win four (4) tickets to Kings Island.
  • Stop by a JCPL Branch and pick up an Explore Summer yard sign, a coupon good for a book at a 2024 Friends of JCPL book sale and an Explore Summer sticker (while supplies last).
  • 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 Squad 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 13 to July 31. When you meet your reading goal, choose a finisher's prize at your Branch.

Choice of prizes:

  • Stuffed Bookworm
  • Reusable Straw Set
  • Campfire Ceramic Mug
  • Fidget Toy
  • Board Book
  • Succulent

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.

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 (while supplies last) and be entered for a chance to win a weekly prize drawing:

  • Week 1: Tonies
  • Week 2: Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Week 3: Tent Set
  • Week 4: Cricut Joy
  • Week 5: Stanley Cups
  • Week 6: Bike or scooter shopping spree

JCPL Prize Squad

Our prize squad will canvas Johnson County looking for Explore Summer yard signs May 28-July 23. Select participants will receive a JCPL tote bag filled with goodies.

Grand Prize

Your Choice of:

  • iPhone 15, service plan not included
  • Holiday World Getaway Package

Community Prize

If we reach our reading goal of 4 million minutes, you will enjoy our Community Prize of a Family Fun Night at Rascal’s Fun Zone courtesy of the JCPL Foundation.

Explore Summer 2024 Sponsors


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 13

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