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What is this?

The OTHS Reading Challenge runs from Aug. 15th-Apr. 19. It asks you to establish new reading habits, keep track of your reading, and share your favorite discoveries. 

During this challenge, you'll broaden your reading horizons and earn a chance to win awesome prizes! It's as easy as adding the books you read to the Beanstack app to unlock badges and earn virtual tickets.

Tell me more about these badges

There are 32 total badges you can earn. You get badges for hours spent reading and for reading books from specific categories like diverse authors, poetry and more.

Each badge you earn awards you virtual tickets.  The harder the badge, the more tickets earned.  

Tickets, you say?

Yes. You can earn up to a total of 300 tickets (that's if you unlock every possible badge).  You then assign those tickets to prize drawings that happen at the end of the summer. Even if you just unlock a handful of tickets, you still have a chance to win big.  Up your odds of winning by reading more!  The last day to earn and enter tickets into a drawing is Friday, April 19th.  

OK...what are these prizes?!

There are three grand prize drawings this year, each has a retail value of $200.  You can spread your tickets out amongst multiple options, or put all your eggs in one basket trying to win the one you want the most.  The choice is yours!  Winners will be drawn on Monday, April 22th.

  1. Grand Prize: Day Out with Friends (Sponsored by Bank of O'Fallon)
    Enjoy a collection of gift cards to use around O'Fallon and the surrounding area with your friends.
  2. Grand Prize: Listen Up! (Sponsored by OTHS IMC)
    Upgrade your listening experience with a choice of Apple AirPods or Beats by Dre.
  3. Grand Prize: Give Back (Sponsored by O'Fallon Public Library)
    Pay your luck forward with a donation in your name being made to a charity of your choice.

I'm in, what do I need to do?

Just download the Beanstack app on your phone to get started.  If you already have an account, you can use it to join this challenge.  If not, set one up with your email address.  It's free and easy.  

There are no set reading lists.  You have total freedom to pick the books you want to read. Just record the titles and track how long you read.  Simple as that. 

If you get stuck on anything, let someone know.  We are here to help.

That's of luck!

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