[Image: Woodland animals and trees on black background looking at the large text. Wording (L-R) 50, 000 Minutes!; #WinterRead2019; Winter Reading Challenge 2019; Jan. 1 - Jan. 31; Beanstack and LBPH logo on the image.]
The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) is participating in the Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge, a collaborative effort from Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) and Beanstack, a reading tracking website used by libraries to offer prizes and incentives for readers.
Last year, billionaire investor Mark Cuban sponsored the inaugural Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge, in support of local libraries. He challenged over 100 public libraries across the country and South Korea to meet a collective goal of 1.3 million minutes and approximately 56, 000 books read during the month of January. Last year, he split his $35,000 incentive between First Book, a nonprofit that provides reading materials to children in need, and top-performing public libraries.
This year, Mr. Cuban and Beanstack have set a collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books to be read across North America and South Korea. The contest begins January 1st, lasts through January 31st, and is open to all library patrons regardless of age. The library will be posting challenge updates on social media and will be following the #WinterRead2019 hashtag.
LBPH is requesting that patrons read 50,000 minutes during January. The library, with its nearly 9,000 active readers, believes this is a goal that can easily be met. Patrons can easily participate in the challenge by tracking their minutes, either online or by calling the library’s youth services librarian, LaShawn Myles, who is heading up the challenge. Ms. Myles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-230-2455.
For patrons to participate in the challenge, register at marylandlbph.beanstack.org . Patrons can also call the library: 410-230-2424 for additional details.