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Summer Reading

Read books, explore the city, win prizes! The Summer Reading Adventure runs from 1 December 2023 — 31 January 2024, and this year we are inviting intrepid explorers of word and page of all ages to join us — children, teens, and adults!

The 2023-2024 Summer Reading Adventure has now finished — a big congratulations Pōneke on all the books you read this year! We’re already looking forward to the next reading adventure in Summer 2024/2025.

Summer Reading Website

How does it work?

Exactly what reading adventures are in store for you will depend on which version of the Adventure you sign up for, but as a general rule you can participate in three different ways:

  1. Log your reading — tell us what you’ve been reading, and maintain your own personal reading log to earn tickets you can cash in for the chance to win one of our Grand Prize packs.
  2. Write, draw or film book reviews — get creative and let us know what you think about the books you’ve been reading, with special spot prizes for the most thought-provoking entries.
  3. Complete challenges — choose your own adventure, and participate in a range of different activities, challenges, and quests that will have you venturing out into the city, taking a deep dive into our collections, and exploring your own back yard — and what’s more, you’ll even make it home in time for tea!

Community Reading Goal

We also have a Community Reading Goal that we’d love to reach together. This year, we’re hoping that Wellingtonians will collectively be able to read and log 20,000 books over the summer. The eternal respect and admiration of all bookish Wellingtonians awaits the lucky soul who reads the 20,001st book!

How to sign up

Summer Reading starts 1 December, but you can sign up anytime throughout the Summer Reading Adventure – we’d love to have you!

Head over to our special Summer Reading Adventure website, hosted by Beanstack. From there, you can either register as an individual or as a family, or if you’ve already participated in a Beanstack reading challenge before, you can sign in right away.

Sign up for Summer Reading

Once you have your Beanstack account, you’ll be able to pre-register for the Summer Reading Adventure of your choice. This year, there are three different Adventures targeted at different age groups:

  • Kids — aged 5-13
  • Teens — aged 13-18
  • Adults — aged 16+

Note that there are some overlaps between the age groups — if you happen to be eligible for two versions of the Adventure, you can sign up for either, or for both if you’re really keen!

Adventurers' Guides

For Kids

For Teens

For Adults

The Beanstack Tracker App

You can also participate in the Summer Reading Adventure using our special mobile app, the Beanstack Tracker, available on Google Play and the App Store.

Once you’ve downloaded the app to your device, you’ll be asked how you want to participate. Select “At my library, school, or bookstore,” and then search for Wellington City Libraries when prompted. Then, you’re in! You can create an account, log in to an existing account, and pre-register for the Summer Reading Adventure just as you can on the website.

Go forth and read!

Keep your eyes on our website, our Beanstack site, and of course at your local library for more information about the Summer Reading Adventure as we draw closer to the launch date on the 1st of December. Where will your adventure take you?

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