Enjoy The Great American Read

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Sign up or record your latest progress in Beanstack!
Simply earn three badges to earn a spot in our Great Prize drawings. And earn 10 badges to gain entry in the Grand Prize drawing for 10 titles of your choice from the 100 best-loved novels list. 

BCPL is jumping on the Great American Reads bandwagon!

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired us, moved us, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public. That’s a mission we can get behind!

To that end, BCPL is hosting a three-month reading and activity challenge to help teens and adults celebrate our love of great books along with the rest of the nation. Participants will read, share, watch, and vote for a chance to win titles from the Great American Read collection of America’s 100 best-loved novels. Several winners will be chosen.

Participate with BCPL!

Join Our Reading and Activity Program

STEP 1: Register for an account in Beanstack.
If you participated in the Cultural Pass program, you already have a Beanstack account. If you forgot your login credentials, stop by any BCPL location for help retrieving your info.

STEP 2: Complete activities to earn badges.
Vote for America’s best-loved novel, join a book club, read books, watch videos, share book reviews, and more.

STEP 3: Earn at least 3 badges to be entered in the Great Prize drawings. Earn at least 10 badges to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing!

Read with BCPL’s Off the Shelf Teen Book Club


Join us at Lebanon Junction Branch Library on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month to hang out, eat snacks, and talk about books! Ages 13–17.


Learn More about This National Movement

View the List of 100 Books

Included titles were selected and voted on by the American public.

Watch the PBS Launch Special