Reading Challenges

Summer Escape 2022

The Summer Reading Club is presented by the West Des Moines Public Library to make reading over the summer even more fun!  Readers of all ages are invited to track reading each day – 5 minutes or 5 hours, it all counts – for 35 days of reading over a ten-week period (May 23 – July 30). We have also included some fun learning activities, so be sure to check those out in Beanstack as you go!

Our Summer Reading Challenge is open to patrons of all ages—babies, kids, teens, and adults, everyone is welcome!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten (ongoing)

For parents and children ages 0-6

Read to succeed! The best and the brightest have parents who read to them. Register on our reading challenge website or use the Beanstack app for iOS or Android. Select the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and track the stories you share with your child. We all know how children love to hear the same stories over and over again, and re-readings are certainly welcome! When you reach 1000 books, come visit us at the Youth Services Desk and earn a free book for your home collection.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten animals reading on text

Previous Reading Challenges

Missed one of our previous Reading Challenges?  Revisit the title lists and recommendations via the links below!