Reading Programs

Reading Inspires Lifelong Learning

We want to keep adults, teens, and kids engaged in reading throughout their life. We offer several reading programs designed to encourage reading and make it fun!

Our Summer and Winter Reading Programs allow families and readers of all ages to log and read books for prizes and badges. The Summer and Winter Reading Programs are through Beanstack, which is our free online service that offers book and activity logging, recommendations and book reviews.

It is never too early to start your little one on the road to reading! The 1000 books Before Kindergarten program encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before he or she starts school. Earn badges along the way to the special completion prize. Start your child’s journey today. Simply register in Beanstack and enroll in “1000 books Before Kindergarten!”

Show us how much you love to read by participating in one of our programs!

Winter Reading Program

Winter Reading Program runs from January 1st to January 31st. This year, Hamilton East Public Library will participate in a nationwide Winter Reading Challenge. Readers of all ages – infants through adults – are encouraged to read 3,500 or more books, participate in special activities, and earn badges and prizes along the way.

Over 100 libraries and schools across the nation are participating in the challenge.  If the libraries reach a collective goal of 55,000 books, Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban will donate $25,000 to the organization “First Book,” which provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.  Top performing libraries will also become eligible to receive a donation towards a local charity.

This year, HEPL has selected our local beneficiary as the scholarship program for graduates of the Excel Center at Ivy Tech.  The Excel Center is a free public high school in Noblesville dedicated to helping adults earn their high school diploma, earn college credits and a variety of industry-recognized certifications.  And to further our impact, Community partner Noblesville Orthodontics will donate to the Excel Center, 10 cents for each book read towards our goal of 3,500 books.

Adults (Ages 19+)
  • Log two books to earn the 2018 Winter Reading Champ badge and a Clear Event Tote
  • Write one review to earn the Snowy Owl badge
Teens (Ages 12-18)
  • Log two books to earn the Winter Reading Champ badge and a Clear Event Tote
  • Write one review to earn the Deer badge
Kids (Ages 9-11)
  • Log two books to earn the Snow Globe badge and a Snow Globe
  • Write one review to earn the Cardinal badge
Kids (Ages 6-8)
  • Log four books to earn the Polar Bear badge and a Snow Globe
  • Write one review to earn the Fox badge
Kids (Ages 0-5)
  • Log thirty books to earn the Penguin badge and a Snow Globe
  • Write one review to earn the Pine Cone badge

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 to July 31. Our reading programs are through Beanstack – where infants, kids, teens, and adults can all participate to win prizes by completing reading requirements for their category. It also includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account. Simply register one time to participate in library sponsored reading programs and activities all year round!

Beanstack

Beanstack is a free online service that offers an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational reading activities that match each person’s interests, ages and reading level.  It also includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account.

Available 24/7 through your computer or mobile deviceBeanstack also uses the information you provide to send out great book and activitrecommendations to each registrant on a regular basis. To make it even more useful, listed books are linked directly to the library’s catalog. And, be sure to take advantage of the various book reviews or write reviews of your latest reads.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

It is never too early to start your little one on the road to reading!   The “1000 books Before Kindergarten” program encourages you to spend time sharing books with your little ones while building critical early literacy skills before he or she starts school. Earn badges along the way to the special completion prize. Start your child’s journey today. Simply register in Beanstack and enroll in “1000 books Before Kindergarten!”

The Fishers Library will be operating with limited services until further notice.