Explore Summer

Register. Read. Win Prizes.
May 16-July 31


  • Register in the Beanstack app or at any JCPL Branch starting May 16. Register in May and you will be entered to win a four-pack of Kings Island tickets.
  • 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.
  • 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 from May 16 to July 31. Download a reading log here. When you meet your 10-hour reading goal, choose a finisher's prize at your Branch. You are also automatically entered into the Indianapolis Bottleworks District Staycation Grand Prize drawing.
    • Prizes: JCPL branded color-changing stadium cup, earbuds, sunglasses, flying disc, playing cards, lunch bag or choose from Paw Patrol figurines or a board book.

    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 $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

    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. You are also entered to win a gift card, and you receive a ticket to vote in Beanstack for the Community Library Prize
    • Gift cards: Chicago's Pizza, Regal Cinemas, 10 Pins, Coffeehouse Five, Handel’s Ice Cream, Toodleydoo Toys, Twisted Sicilian or Wild Geese Bookshop--while supplies last.

    JCPL Prize Patrol

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

    Staycation Grand Prize

    This year, you could win an overnight staycation at the Indianapolis Bottleworks District.

    Community Library Prize

    If we reach our community reading goal of 3 million minutes, the JCPL Foundation will donate a Community Library Prize chosen by your votes.
    Vote for one in Beanstack:

    • A community pool party at either Franklin Family Aquatic Center or Freedom Springs
    • Action camera for the Library of Things
    • STEAM equipment for the future JCPL Bookmobile
    Explore Summer 2022 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 Explore Winter/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 16

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