Summer Reading 2021

Reading Challenges

Children’s, Teen, and Adult Summer Reading with Beanstack

Monday, June 7 – Monday, August 9

Log your reading this summer online or in-app with Beanstack!  Pre-registration begins Tuesday, May 25.  Here’s how it works:

  1. If you registered with Beanstack for summer reading last year, or our December reading challenge, log in, update your info, and add any new family members.
  2. If you’re new to logging with Beanstack, download the Beanstack app to your smartphone or tablet, or head over to to register yourself and any family members who will be reading with you.  Teens may choose to register with a parent or guardian or create their own account.  If you’re signing up a day care group, give us a call at (651) 385-3645.
  3. Sign each reader up for their summer reading program!  Children’s summer reading is for children from birth to age 12, teen summer reading is for ages 12-19, and adult summer reading is for folks 19 and up!  Kids who are 12 this summer may choose between children’s or teen summer reading, and if you’re 19, you can choose between teen and adult summer reading.
  4. Log your reading!  Families can log time and titles by individual, or as a group.  Please note: Although you will be able to begin logging right away, only time and titles read beginning Monday, June 7 will count toward this summer’s challenges.
  5. Collect badges and earn prizes as you read!  Prizes include Red Wing Public Library reusable metal straws, book totes, summer treat coupons, Colvill Pool passes, water bottles, drink tumblers, new books, and tickets to themed raffle baskets for the kids and local gift cards for teens and adults.  Children who complete the summer reading program by reading all 30 hours will earn 16 raffle tickets to enter into a drawing for 16 different raffle baskets.  Teens and adults will have an opportunity to log up to 300 hours of reading time this summer, earning five raffle tickets for each five hours read that will go into drawings for local gift cards.

No easy access to WiFi logging?  No problem!  Stop by the library beginning Monday, June 7 to pick up paper logs for your age group, or download and print them (adult; teen; children’s log 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6).

Many thanks to Randy’s, Rivertown Games, Papa Murphy’s, McDonald’s, and Sturdiwheat for their generous donations this summer!

Summer Programs & Activities

Story Times & Story Walks in the Park

Wednesdays, June 9 – August 4 at Bay Point Park, 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – Rain Check Days on Thursdays!

Join Megan and Cyd at Bay Point for outdoor stories, songs, and rhymes!  Each half-hour story time will be the same, so come to the one that fits your schedule best – or enjoy the fun twice, three, or four times over.  We’ll also put up a new Story Walk each Wednesday morning, featuring a story you can walk and read before or after having fun with us.  We’ll check the weather each week on Tuesdays, then post on the library’s Facebook page which day you can find us there!

Writer’s Camps

Teen Writer’s Camp

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and July 1, 2:00 – 3:15 PM, Red Wing Public Library Foot Room

For writers of creative fiction going in to grades 8-12 in the fall.  Limit of 12 writers.

Join youth services librarian Megan Seeland for three weeks of writing! Ideas, prompts and activities, and writing advice on story building, including character development, worldbuilding, plot, conflict, revision, and critiquing. Participating writers must be able to commit to writing at least thirty minutes a day, five days a week outside of camp, and will need to bring their preferred method of writing (paper and pencil, notebook, laptop, etc.) to each session. The end goal is for each writer to have a completed rough draft of a short story by the end of camp!

Participating writers will receive a writer’s pack and a camp t-shirt.  Register online here!

Middle Grade Writer’s Camp

August camp, dates and times TBA.

For writers of creative fiction going in to grades 5-7 in the fall.

Registration and more information on the middle grade writer’s camp will be announced soon!

Explorer Packs

Thanks to the Red Wing Park Naturalist program and the Dawnbreaker’s Kiwanis Club, you can check out a backpack full of everything you need for an outdoor adventure!  With park maps, guidebooks, and tons of other fun, including a bug box, magnifying glass, butterfly net, and trail journal, you’ll be ready to explore the parks or anywhere you’re headed this summer.  Explorer Packs can be reserved online through the library catalog.

Book Packs to Go

Whether you’re travelling or staying home on your summer vacation, kids and teens can request a pile of books and other library materials to provide hours of entertainment on planes, trains, and automobiles, or to just head outside for a great afternoon of relaxing and reading.  Request your Book Pack here!