Winter Reading Challenge

2018 Winter Reading Challenge

Looking for a challenge this winter? Sarasota County Libraries invites kids to take the Winter Reading Challenge from January 1 - January 31, 2018. We've teamed up with Mark Cuban, billionaire and Shark Tank personality, who pledges $35,000 to First Book and libraries across the globe. Our system-wide goal is 1,000 books read. 

How to participate?

  • Register or log in at Beanstack.
  • Find books to read.
  • Log your progress on Beanstack starting January 1 and earn badges for participation.

Upcoming Events

Library Events for Children and for Families taking place in the next:

Every Child Ready to Read

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities every day:

  • Talk
  • Sing
  • Read
  • Write
  • Play

Come to the library to discover booksmusic and programs to help! (Download a map of library addresses, phone numbers and direct bus routes.)

Join our Every Child Ready to Read Facebook Group

Also, check the Libraries' Facebook page weekly for new children's books and fun literacy tips!

Web Resources and Links


Storycasts are podcasts and YouTube videos of children's stories, crafts, teen book reviews and author interviews. Visit the Storycasts page to see and hear them all. 


Through the Born to Read program, the library system partners with community agencies to ensure all children are ready to read. For more information, call 941-861-2506 or email