Summer Reading Club

Step into a roomful of stories and let your imagination run wild! 

From 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 become a member of Yarra Plenty Regional Library and join our FREE Summer Reading Club (SRC) to supercharge your summer reading. Becoming a member of our library service is free and enables you to borrow from our wonderful collection and use our eResources, eBooks, eAudiobooks and much much more. It's an exciting time to receive their first library card!

As you read, collect fun incentive prizes and go into the draw for a major prize. 

Summer Reading Club aims to encourage children and young people aged 3-18 to read over the summer break. What does this mean? They log their reading using either a paper reading log (picked up from your local branch) or the Beanstack app. Then they can collect incentive mini-prizes from the branch and if logging through Beanstack they will also receive virtual badges. There is a full program of free events and activities which they can participate in and celebrate a great summer of reading, learning, and playing. 

What is involved?

Each child receives a YPRL notebook when they register (while stocks last and picked up from your local branch). You can register online through our portal and track your reading through the Beanstack app OR pop into your local library and sign up and track your reading using paper reading logs.

Each record is submitted when 10 books or 10 x 15 minutes’ reading has been achieved. If you chose to go paperless Beanstack allows you to log your reading as minutes or books read. You will also collect virtual reading badges when you use Beanstack.

For every reading record completed you will go into the draw to win one of our major prizes.

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack is a free app that you can download onto your phone or device (apple or android) and is a simple way to not only sign up to YPRL's SRC program but also help keep track of your reading.

After you've downloaded Beanstack, search for Yarra Plenty Regional Library, enter your library membership number and choose to either log your reading as minutes or books read (HOWEVER you can't do both). Beanstack also allows you to scan a book's barcode, cover, or type in an ISBN which saves you from having to type in a book title each time you log.

If you experience any issues using the app, check out their FAQ's for troubleshooting or call your local branch for help.

How it works:

  1. Register for SRC. If you are not already a member of the library you can join for free and then register.
  2. Start reading! Log each book read or log your reading in 15 minutes blocks.
  3. As you read, earn incentive prizes and virtual badges (if using Beanstack). 
  4. Participate in the SRC activities at your preferred branch/s throughout summer.

Download the activities program here.

All events and activities are free (although some may have limited space require bookings).

How to register:

FROM 1 DECEMBER: You can register...

  • Online - sign up through our website portal, then download the Beanstack app and start logging each book read. You can register as an individual or a family.
  • In Branch - register with a library staff member and collect a reading log sheet. (You can download extra copies yourself - see below.)
    Pssst..You can download the Beanstack app at any time during the Summer Reading Club if you decide you would like to try going paper free!

In the Reading Log sheet,, opens a new window there is space to write the names of the books you read. When your Reading Log is full, return it to the library, grab a new sheet and keep reading.

Drop into the library to claim stickers, pencils, slap band bookmarks, and other fun incentive prizes. 

Youth participants: online competitions

Although the Summer Reading Club is open to those aged 3-18 years old, we understand that those 12+ may not have the same interests as the younger ones. We have created some mini competitions just for you. We have 3 mini competitions especially for you! Write a book review, create a Bookface on Instagram, or write a 6 word short story to go in the draw to win a book pack. Click here to enter each competition.

What can you read? 

You can read magazines, comics, poetry, novels, newspapers, diaries, reference materials, cookbooks, atlases, maps, audiobooks, short story collections - almost anything you can think of. You can even listen to a book. We have free eAudiobooks you can download, opens a new window

If you're stuck for ideas, check out some of our recommended reading book lists. 

Can children read with a grown-up? 

Yes! It’s great to read with grown-ups. If children are not yet independent readers, adults can read to them.  

When does the competition end?

If using paper reading logs, please return them by 31 January 2020.

Prizes will be drawn and winners advised by Friday 14 February 2020.

What are the prizes?

Junior Winner (Age 3-11)

Melbourne Zoo Experience: a guided tour of Melbourne Zoo PLUS general admission for 2 adults and 2 children 

Youth Winner ( Age 12-18)

Gold Class Experience (2 people)

Plus branch prizes including Robinson's Bookstore vouchers, art packs, and audiobooks.  


Read, play, discover, and write your way through a roomful of stories.

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