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How to register for the Ultimate Summer Challenge

Are you up for the Ultimate Summer Challenge? Getting started is easy and only takes a couple of minutes. 

Ultimate Summer Challenge is the Library’s largest program for kids, teens, and adults of all ages. It doesn’t matter how long you read or what type of book — graphic novel, fiction, non-fiction, or audiobook — it’s simply about reading every day.   

The Challenge goes beyond the typical summer reading program. In addition to reading tracking, it includes in-person, outdoor, and virtual programs, and activities for at home or in the community. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to register! Reading together can create a special bond. Beyond encouraging the basic ability to read, family literacy creates a dynamic where learning becomes a shared adventure.     

Get started by following the steps below or watch our video tutorial on YouTube 

How to Register  

  1. Starting June 1, anyone with a Library card may visit any Library location to pre-register and receive their Challenge Map. Patrons may self-register on their own or can get help from staff in-person. Maps can also be downloaded at calgarylibrary.ca/summer. Don’t have your free Library card? Sign up here!   
  2. Participants can choose how they prefer to track their reading: online through Beanstack, offline with the paper Challenge Map, or both.   

  3. Tracking officially begins on July 1 and runs for 62 days until August 31.   
  4. For participants using the physical Challenge Map, stickers can be picked up once a week at any Library location to keep track of their progress.  

  5. No matter what time of the summer a participant registers or receives a Challenge Map , they can begin tracking and try to read every day from when they start. Registration automatically qualifies participants for grand prizes and there are grand prize draws at the mid-point and at the end of summer.   

  6. Stay on top of everything you need to know about Ultimate Summer Challenge by following along on Instagram, Facebook, X (Twitter), or LinkedIn 

The Ultimate Summer Challenge is part of the TD Summer Reading Club and
presented by The J K L MacLachlan Family Fund. 

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