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Reading Programs

2022 Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities May 21 - August 6

Registration opens Monday, May 16!

This reading program is based on what you read!

  • Starfish are reading Board, Picture, and Early Reader Books.
  • Jellyfish are reading Chapter and Plus Books.
  • Sea Snakes are School Age reading Teen and Adult Books.
  • Manta Rays are Adults reading Teen and Adult Books.

The last day to enter books is 5:00 pm on August 6, 2022.
The last day to redeem and spend Dragon Dollars is at 4:00 pm on August 21, 2022.

The Surf's Up Prize Store will open the week of May 23, 2022. You may redeem your Dragon Dollars starting May 21 from the front desk and shop during library open hours.

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Q: Do you have any tutorials on how to use Beanstack?

A: The Live Oak Public Libraries Academy has Intro and tutorial videos on using Beanstack!
Our Beanstack url is


Q: Are there any other challenges this year?

A: We have 3 Reading Challenges! More details coming soon!

  1. Community Reading Challenge
  2. DeForest Area School District -  Elementary School Challenge
  3. DeForest Area School District - Middle & High School Challenge


Q: What are Dragon Dollars?

A: Dragon Dollars are our Reading Program currency. As you read books and complete activities you will earn Dragon Dollars that can be spent in our Reading Program Prize Store, or donated to the DeForest Area Needs Network, the Dane County Humane Society, the DeForest Area Public Library Endowment Fund and/or the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters.


Q: Who can join your reading program?

A: Everyone! We have a program for all ages and reading levels. If you are reading to your child or new born, you can register them and yourself under the Board, Picture, and Early Reader Books program. If you do not live in the DeForest Area you are still welcome to join. Please note that we do not ship prizes so if you would like to claim Dragon Dollars or enter ticket drawings you must be able to come and pick up your prizes


Q: I'm an adult reading picture books to my kids, can I still join?

A: Absolutely! Our programs are based on what you are currently reading. If you mainly read picture books to your kid(s) you can join the Pygmy Owls program and if you are mainly reading Chapter books you can join the Screech Owls program. It doesn't matter what age you are as long as you are reading or listening to books.


Q: Do graphic novels or audio books count?

A: YES! Any type of book counts.


Q: If my parent/guardian/sibling and I listen to the same book can we both count it?

A: Yes.


Q: Do the books have to be library books?

A: No. Although we do encourage you to use our library and our digital library, any book you read counts. During our Winter programs you can even count books you are reading in school! If you were given a Summer Reading List, not only can we help you get a copy of your book, you can count that book towards the reading program as well.


Q: Do we have to come into the library to claim our Dragon Dollars and get prizes?

A: We are willing to work with you so you feel comfortable and can still participate in the reading program. If you would like to donate your Dragon Dollars please email Jessica at


Q: Can I buy the prizes with real money?

A: No, the prizes in our prize store can only be purchased with Dragon Dollars. The reading program is free and open to everyone so sign up and start entering your reading!


1,000 Books Club: Ongoing

Earn Library SWAG and other great prizes by entering books on our online Reading Program! Once your reach 1,000 Books you will earn a canvas bag! Register or sign in on Beanstack.

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