Adult Summer Reading Program

Adventure Begins Adult Summer Reading Program Banner
About the Adult Summer Reading Program:

Track your reading and other activities via Beanstack. Click here or download the "Beanstack Tracker" mobile app to begin!  

How the Adult Summer Reading Program works:
1. Read!
2. Log your reading time.
3. Do activities.
4. Earn tickets by completing tasks above.  Go to the 'Ticket Drawings' tab to see the prizes we are giving away and disperse your tickets. 
5. Complete the Summer Reading Program by logging 30 hours of reading over the summer AND earning the Big Summer Read: The Book activity badge. (Note: "Completing" the program is not necessary to win prizes... but it does increase your chances of winning!)
Bonus: This year, you can earn small prizes for every 30 hours of reading you complete (up to 120 hours)! When you earn a 30-hour increment badge, stop by the Information Desk to collect a prize.

Note: If you have previously created a Beanstack account for a Sun Prairie Library reading program, you do not need to create a new account. Simply look for the Adult Summer Reading Program option when logged into your account, and click "Enroll."

Not able to participate online? Stop by the Information Desk for a paper reading & activity log.


Have questions about the Summer Reading Program or need help with your Beanstack account?  Call the Information Desk at 825-0702 or email us at


Big Summer Read


Small Game

This summer, along with our adult reading program, we are holding a Big Summer Read! Our selected book is Small Game by Wisconsin author Blair Braverman. We invite you to read with us!

A gripping debut novel about a survival reality show gone wrong that leaves a group of strangers stranded in the northern wilds

 Four strangers and six weeks: this is all that separates Mara from one life-changing payday. She was surprised when reality TV producers came knocking at Primal Instinct—the survival school where she teaches rich clients not to die during a night outdoors—and even more shocked to be cast in their new show, Civilization. Now she just has to live off the land with her fellow survivors for long enough to get the prize money.

Whisked by helicopter to an undisclosed location, Mara meets her teammates: The grizzled outdoorsman. The Eagle Scout. The white-collar professional. And Ashley, the beautiful but inexperienced one who just wants to be famous. Mara’s unusual, rugged childhood has prepared her for the discomforts and hard work ahead. But trusting her fellow survivors? Not part of Mara’s skill set.

When the cast wakes one morning to find something has gone horribly wrong, fear ripples through the group. Are the producers giving them an extra challenge? Or are they wrapped up in something more dangerous? Soon Mara and the others face terrifying decisions as “survival” becomes more than a game.

A provocative exploration of the comforts, rituals, and connections we depend upon, Small Game is a gripping page-turner and a poignant story about finding the courage to build a new life from the ground up.  -from the publisher

Three of our book clubs; Eclectic, Afternoon, and Evening, will be discussing Small Game this summer.  Feel free to drop in to any of the meetings to talk about the book!

Copies of Small Game may be available for checkout on a first come first served basis at the Information Desk. 

Summer Programs

Bike Repair Program with Sun City Cyclery and Skates
- June 12
4:00 - 6:00 PM - Bike Repair Clinic
6:00 - 7:00 - Bike Repair Demo

Prairie Walk and Talk*
- June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22

Air Dry Clay Workshop*
- June 17 and June 24 (must attend both sessions)

Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson with author Ashley Brown
- July 2

Adult Dungeons & Dragons*
- July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19

The Adventure Gap with James Edward Mills
- July 24

Adult Trivia Night*
- August 1

Big Summer Read Virtual Author Event with Blair Braverman
- August 15

*Registration is required.



Book Lists

Blair Braverman Adventure Favorites:

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Dillard, Annie
  • A Walk in the Park - Fedarko, Kevin
  • Hungry - Gordinier, Jeff
  • Life of Pi - Martel, Yann
  • Never Cry Wolf - Mowat, Farley
  • The Undertaking of Lily Chen - Novgorodoff, Danica
  • Winterdance - Paulsen, Gary
  • The Long Walk - Rawicz, Slavomir
  • Alive - Read, Piers
  • Fieldwork - Regan, Iliana
  • Sweet Heaven When I Die - Sharlet, Jeff
  • Wild - Strayed, Cheryl


  • When I’m Gone, Look For Me in the East - Barry, Quan
  • A Winter’s Rime - Dunbar, Carol
  • Tomboyland - Faliveno, Melissa
  • Dead Eleven - Juliano, Jimmy
  • Modern Jungles - Lor, Pao
  • Dionysus in Wisconsin - Lupton, E.H.
  • Owner of a Lonely Heart - Nguyen, Beth
  • Lucky Girl - Pacton, Jamie
  • Filthy Animals - Taylor, Brandon
  • Blankets - Thompson, Craig
  • All the Flowers Kneeling - Tran, Paul
  • Survival Food - Weso, Thomas Pescore