Rise to the Challenge: 2021 Reading Program

Calling teen & adult readers!

Rise to the challenge and read 20 books during 2021. Read whatever books you like, or follow our suggested categories.

For every 5 books you complete, you’ll earn a raffle ticket for one of the grand prizes. Finish all 20 books to receive a prize. You can also earn additional grand prize entries by completing reading-related activities. 

Register online or at the Adult Services desk, 847.459.4100, ext. 3.  With Beanstack you can track your progress online or in Beanstack’s mobile app.

Paper logs are also available at the Adult Services Desk. Under 14? Check out our youth reading programs here.

Are you new to tracking your progress online?
Check out this video.

Looking for inspiration on what to read?  Click on the links for more suggestions. 

Read a book . . .

  1. By Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone (the library’s 2021 One Book, One Community selection) or Brown Girl Dreaming
  2. By a transgender or nonbinary author
  3. With a one-word title
  4. About a social justice issue
  5. That takes place in the Chicago area
  6. Featuring a fairy tale retelling
  7. Whose main character is over the age of 50
  8. About the impacts of incarceration
  9. That features your place of work or has a character with your career
  10. With a color in the title
  11. By an author you have never read
  12. That was published in 2020 or 2021
  13. That takes place in Africa
  14. For young adults
  15. Of essays
  16. That takes place in the decade you were born
  17. That makes you laugh out loud
  18. Of historical fiction set before 1900
  19. By a Black author
  20. That was recommended to you