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    Santa Monica Public Library Reading Challenges
    Santa Monica Public Library offers a variety of reading programs for adults, teens, and children. These programs promote literacy for people of all ages by providing incentives and fun activities that encourage reading. The programs are available through Beanstack, a free online service that offers reading and activity logging, book recommendations, and book reviews. Beanstack is funded through the California State Library. Learn how to use Beanstack here


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    Building Blocks for Kindergarten Challenge
    Beanstack allows tracking of Building Blocks for Kindergarten reading and activity challenges for you and your child, ages 0-5, to complete. The challenge includes activities you can do from and around your home, including reading, to earn points to be entered in bookpack prize drawings. This short video shows you how to complete the Building Blocks for Kindergarten Challenge using Beanstack. To register for this free program, go to

    Santa Monica Reads All Summer
    Held annually, May through August. Santa Monica's summer reading program is for all ages. Read what makes you happy, track what you read, and win prizes! Research indicates that summer reading programs help children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer, provide a haven for community readers, and develop reading enthusiasm. Additionally, adult participation encourages parents to play a strong role in their child’s literacy development by reading aloud with their child and modeling good reading behavior. Learn how to use Beanstack here.
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