#winterread2019 Success

Samuels Public Library is pleased to announce that it was one of the top-performing libraries during Mark Cuban’s Winter Reading Challenge, hosted by Beanstack. Billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban sponsored the Second Annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge in support of public libraries and school systems throughout the United States. This year, Mr. Cuban challenged over 250 schools and libraries, more than double that of the inaugural Winter Reading Challenge, to meet a collective goal of reading at least five million minutes and 75,000 books during the month of January. The goal was met, and $35,000 will be divided among the top-performing libraries and schools.

"We are thrilled to be counted among the top libraries in the country for participation in the Winter Reading Challenge," said Youth Services Supervisor Michal Ashby. "It was wonderful to see the library community come together to help us meet that goal.  This year we had our most successful Winter Reading Club ever, with over 600 children and teens reading over 26,000 books.  That we won a cash award in this national contest just makes our success even sweeter."

Beanstack (www.beanstack.com) helps educators and librarians create, manage, and measure reading challenges. Using a website customized to each school or library and an easy-to-use mobile app, Beanstack makes it easier to track reading, keep readers motivated, and gain actionable insights.

Samuels Public Library is a community resource which enhances the quality of life for residents of Warren County/Front Royal by fulfilling their personal, occupational and recreational needs through services, programs, and a collection of materials that is current, balanced and responsive to those needs. The Library strives to stimulate and broaden community interests in literature, reading and learning, and has been doing so for more than two centuries.