Read City Group Resources

Read City USA All Together Now with images of a trumpet, accordion, drum, microphone, piano and musical notes and symbols

Welcome! With help from groups like yours, we will meet Mayor Jacobs' 2023 challenge to "go platinum" by reading one million hours. When your group completes a challenge, each participant will earn "note"-worthy prizes (see below).

The 2023 reading challenges begin January 24. Check back for updated information and make sure to join the Find Your Voice challenge in Beanstack after you've registered your group.

Get started - Register your group

It's easy to record your group's reading time with Beanstack tracking software. To get started, register your group.

  1. Go to knoxlib.beanstack.org 
  2. Choose Register a Class or Group 
  3. Decide if you’re all going to be reading together (All at one time) or independently (Individually) 
  4. Complete the Registration form with your group information  

Logging your reading time

When you’re ready to record your time, you can sign in to Beanstack in your browser, or in the app on your mobile phone. (Download for free from the App Store or Google Play.)

  1. Choose Log Reading at the top left corner. 
  2. If you’ve chosen to log group members individually, make sure you log for each person.

Print or request materials

Find Your Voice materials are coming soon! Please check back when the challenge launches to request or print your own reading logs, activities, and more.

Video tutorials

Join Jennifer to decide how to track reading for your group, register and log for a group reading together (all at once), or register and log for a group reading individually (independent readers).

 

Choose how to log

Log all at once

Log individually

'All Together Now' Challenges

Join one or all three challenges this year to help our community "go platinum". Earn up to three prizes. Register for each challenge separately at knoxlib.beanstack.org or by picking up a new reading record when each challenge begins. 

Find Your Voice image with music notes

Find Your Voice
(Melody & Kindness)

January 24–April 8

Your voice matters—along with everyone else's. Let's listen to each other!

Feel the Beat image with hearts, stars, and comic-style bursts "Pow" and "Pop"

Feel the Beat
(Rhythm & Friendship)

May 20–August 5

Kick off the slammin' summer challenge at the Children's Festival of Reading.

Let's Play! Image with musical instruments

Let's Play!
Harmony & Unity

September 30–December 9

Everybody plays a part. Together we can make magnificent music!

Earn prizes

Finishers of all ages earn a prize for each challenge they complete! (Up to 3 prizes total, while supplies last.) Groups of 15 or more, please contact your location before picking up prizes to ensure adequate quantities are available. Styles may vary.

photo of notepad with Knox County Public Library on the cover, building block instruments (guitar and xylophone) and inflatable microphones in purple and yellow
Graphic of text saying "Image coming soon!"
Graphic of text saying "Image coming soon!"

Find Your Voice Prizes

  • 5 & under: Inflatable microphone
  • 6 & up: Building block instrument
  • Teens & adults: Notepad set  

Assorted styles shown. Only one prize per individual per challenge.

Feel the Beat Prizes

  • 5 & under: Tambourine
  • 6 & up: Building block instrument
  • Teens & adults: "Fan" of the Library

Let's Play! Prizes

  • 5 & under: Musical twisty straw
  • 6 & up: Building block instrument
  • Teens & adults: Concert blanket

Need additional help?

Contact your branch, or chat with a reference librarian.