Complete activities to earn virtual badges and fun prizes!

How Do I Register?

Stop by a branch to register or sign up at and you'll receive:

• Coupon for one free book at the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

• Choice of JCPL magnet or snowman slime

• Activity log to track progress download the activity log here

• An “I Registered” sticker for your activity log

How Does It Work?

• How do you Explore Winter? There’s lots of different ways! Read a new genre, try a new recipe, attend library programs, visit a StoryWalk or watch a movie based on a book.

• Complete activities to earn at least three (3) different badges and visit the library to pick up your prize.

What Prizes Can I Earn?

• Choice of JCPL Coupon (good for $3 on fines, fees, printing or copying costs) OR bendable toy

• For each badge that you complete, you’ll be entered to win one of our Explore Winter Prize Packs (see below)

• You’ll also be entered to win the Grand Prize–a family membership to a local museum or zoo of your choice!

Log into your Beanstack account to continue tracking your activities online. (If you participated in Explore Summer or 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, you already have a Beanstack account.) Please contact your library branch if you've forgotten your username/password or are unable to log in. 

Explore Winter Prize Packages

Contents of the Reading Badge Prize Pack:

  • $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
  • Signed book by either Dorothea Benton Frank or Edward Kelsey Moore
  • 12 assorted Land-O-Lakes hot chocolate packs
  • 1 pair of fuzzy socks
  • 1 cozy winter coloring book
  • 9 fine-tip coloring markers
  • 1 candle

Contents of the Genre Badge Prize Pack:

  • Autographed Book from Authors at JCPL series (not pictured)
  • Tote bag (Wild Geese Bookshop)
  • $25 Wild Geese Bookshop gift card
  • Coffee mug (Wild Geese Bookshop)
  • Necco Wafers (Hoosier Cupboard Candy)
  • Fitz’s Soda Pop (Hoosier Cupboard Candy)

Contents of the Craft/Cooking Badge Prize Pack:

  • How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman
  • $20 Amazon gift card
  • Mini spatula

Contents of the Movies and Music Badge Prize Pack:

  • Popcorn
  • Assorted Candy
  • 2 popcorn bowls
  • 6 pack Coca-Cola
  • POP Vinyl Figurine
  • 2 $10 Disney Gift Cards

Contents of the Johnson County Travel Badge Prize Pack:

  • Apple butter (Apple Works)
  • Popcorn (Apple Works)
  • Apple cinnamon syrup (Apple Works)
  • Chocolate turtles (Hoosier Cupboard Candy)
  • Tea towel (Marshmallow Monkey)
  • Coffee mug (Wild Geese Bookshop)

Contents of the Program Badge Prize Pack:

  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Bananagrams
  • $25 Meijer gift card
  • Not pictured: a family board game/activity 

Contents of the JCPL Branch Badge Prize Pack:

  • JCPL tote bag
  • JCPL coffee mug
  • JCPL water bottle
  • JCPL lanyard
  • $25 BP gas gift card