Winter Reading Challege 2020-2021

Welcome to Oshkosh Public Library's Wild Winter Read Off!
Dec. 21, 2020 - Feb. 27, 2021


Children | Teens | Adults

Who can participate?
Ages Preschool - 5th grade
Grades 6 - 12
Ages 18 and older

Do I need a library card?
No. If you'd like an Oshkosh Public Library card to check out books, DVDs, CDs, videogames, or stream content, we can help. Bonus! Oshkosh Public Library no longer charges fines, although fees are still assessed for lost or missing materials. Details here.

When can I sign up?
Children: Dec. 21 - Feb. 27, 2021
Teens: Dec. 21 - Feb. 27, 2021
Adults: Jan. 4, 2021 - Feb. 27, 2021

Can I track my activities online?
Yes! Beanstack is a tracking tool that makes it easy for you to register, track your activities and earn prizes. If you already have a Beanstack account, you do not need to create a new one.

Can I track my activities on a paper log?
Yes! If you need a paper log, please let us know.

Register on Beanstack
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Our Winter Reading program is back this year with bestselling author and educator Kate Messner as our featured author. Read for fun, complete simple activities, and tune in to virtual library programs to earn points for prizes such as an activity booklet, pencil and mini notebook, and a coupon for a Free Kids Pizza Ranch meal.

Prize Pickup
Prizes can be picked up at the library. Call 236-5208 to schedule a time.

Kate Messner Visit!
Sat., Feb. 27, 2021 
10 a.m.
Award-winning author and educator Kate Messner will join us via Zoom for an exciting interactive author visit! Wild Winter Read Off participants will receive an email with the Zoom link, or you can register at
Kate Messner Books

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We’re bringing back the Winter Reading Program for teens! Your goal is to read 150 minutes this winter. Reach your goal, and you'll be entered into the End of Winter Raffle for a $50 Visa Gift Card! Two winners will be selected!

Every 15 minutes of logged reading also earns you a Wisconsin Winter Badge and a ticket to enter into the mini-raffles (max 10). Plus, earn up to five bonus badges and tickets by writing approved book reviews. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have to win.

Raffle tickets must be earned and entered into drawings by 10:59 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2021 to qualify.

Prize winners will be contacted by library staff during the week of March 1, 2021 to arrange pickup.

Register on Beanstack
How to use Beanstack
Don’t let a long winter get you down. Embrace what’s magical about Wisconsin winters, including opening some great books. The goal is to read 1,000 minutes this winter! Every 125 minutes logged earns a Wisconsin Winter Badge! Each badge earns you one entry in the End of Winter Raffle. The more badges you earn, the more chances to win!

Three separate winners in the End of Winter Raffle will each receive a $25 Downtown Oshkosh gift card.

Prize Pickup
Library staff will contact winners to arrange pickup.