Reading Challenge 2023: Foundations

How Does It Work?

Welcome to the challenge! Our Reading Challenge 2023 is open to readers age 14 and older. Visit Beanstack to register for the challenge. If Internet access is a barrier for you, don’t worry! You can still participate. Please call Information & Reference at 715-839-5004 or email for details.


• For book recommendations, get your Reading Journal (registered participants will be notified via email when they are available) or see our Monthly Categories & Book Suggestions below.

• Each month, read a book from that month’s category. You will be entered in that month’s drawing for a free large pizza from Sammy’s Pizza on London Road in Eau Claire with up to three toppings!

• Read a book from all twelve categories to get a coupon for our Friends of the Library bookstore at the end of the year. You will also be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for one of three top prizes.

• Bonus! You will earn an extra entry into the Grand Prize Drawing when you register for our Adult Summer Reading Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose my own books?
Absolutely. Select any book that fits the categories below. (You don’t have to pick one from our suggestions.)

Can I read ahead?
Sure, but you’ll still need to report one activity (book or free space) each month to qualify for monthly drawings.

Can I catch up?
Yes, but you can only be entered into each monthly drawing once.

Do I have to read the assigned category for the month or can I jump around?
You can jump around months. If you read June’s category in January you will still be entered in the monthly drawing.

Do my challenge books count for other programs?
Yes! Books you read for this challenge also count towards your reading for our seasonal adult reading programs.

Register Today!

If Internet access is a barrier for you, don’t worry! You can still participate. Please email Information & Reference at or call 715-839-5004.

Already Registered?

2023 Reading Journal

This journal provides reading suggestions for each challenge, as well as a place to document your thoughts about each book you read. Registered participants will be notified via email when print journals are available.

Call Information & Reference at 715-839-5004 or email and arrange to get your copy.

Challenge Prizes

Just For Signing Up…

You get your own Reading Challenge 2023 Reading Journal!

Every Month You Read a Book…

You get one entry into a monthly prize drawing for one large Sammy’s Pizza. (You can track this on Beanstack or by contacting us.) Monthly book topics below.

When You Read 12 Challenge Books in 2023…

You get a free book of your choice, and one entry into…

The Grand Prize Drawing!

1st Place: One “Designer Circle” membership for the Pablo Center’s 2023–2024 season (a $600 value) | The membership is effective January to June, 2024 and includes advance alerts and ticket presales, Pablo Center monthly e-newsletter, invitations to member-exclusive events, access to exclusive member merch, member pricing on special classes, access to building tours, access to box-seat services, 10% off Pablo Presents ticket orders, and access to meet and greet opportunities. More.

2nd Place: $150 Visa gift card

3rd Place: 30-minute professional therapeutic massage at Optimum Therapies

PLUS! When You Sign up for the Summer Reading Program…

You get a second entry into the Grand Prize Drawing.