Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Reading Program 2023


June 1 - August 31, 2023

Read!  Log your reading time and complete activities to earn virtual badges. Every badge you receive earns you tickets to enter into prize drawings! 


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!  As you log your reading and activities, you earn "badges" and enter to win prizes.

*Drawings for all prizes will be held at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Winners will be notified by telephone or email the week of September 5th and must pick up their prizes at the library.

Complete the Summer Reading Program by logging 30 hours of reading over the summer AND earning the Big Summer Read: The Book activity badge. Earning the Completion badge will get you 5 extra tickets toward the prize drawings! ("Completing" the program is not necessary to win prizes... but it does give you bragging rights!)

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.

Big Summer Read

The Family Chao Chang

This summer, along with our adult reading program, we are holding a Big Summer Read! Our selected book is The Family Chao by Wisconsin-born author Lan Samantha Chang. We invite you to read with us!

The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when the brothers reunite in Haven, the Chao family’s secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last.

Before long, brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo is found dead—presumed murdered—and his sons find they’ve drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town. The ensuing trial brings to light potential motives for all three brothers: Dagou, the restaurant’s reckless head chef; Ming, financially successful but personally tortured; and the youngest, gentle but lost college student James. As the spotlight on the brothers tightens—and the family dog meets an unexpected fate—Dagou, Ming, and James must reckon with the legacy of their father’s outsized appetites and their own future survival.  -from the publisher

Copies of the book may be available at the Information Desk in the library, or through Overdrive or Hoopla.


Summer Reading Book Lists

Check out the following lists for inspiration for the summer reading book list activity badges!

Community and Belonging Book List

Immigrant Experiences Book List

Librarian Favorites Book List

On Wisconsin! Book List


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