Sanibel Public Library is one of the national winners of Beanstack’s Second Annual Winter Reading Challenge. Beanstack is a web-based program, which also has a mobile app, where participants can track their reading. Sanibel Public Library will receive $500 to support its general book budget.

Sanibel’s Winter Reading Challenge was to read at least 3,000 hours over the month of January. The program, sponsored by billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban, challenged 250 U.S. libraries to meet a collective goal of reading at least 5 million minutes and 75,000 books in January 2019.

More than 100 libraries nationwide, plus two in South Korea and one in Japan, signed on to participate, and their patrons rose to the occasion, surpassing the minutes-read target in week two and the books-read target in the final week of the month.

A total of 46 participants registered through Sanibel Public Library, reading for a combined total of 30,331 minutes.

Ultimately, challenge participants logged seven million minutes of reading time worldwide, and read 84,002 books. The challenge’s most-read title overall was A Wrinkle in Time, with Goodnight Moon, the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Dan Brown’s Origin registering strong showings in their respective genres.

Readers can use the Beanstack app to track their reading, write book reviews, and record their participation in related events. Beanstack sends each reader a weekly email recommending books based on their age and interests.

Sanibel Public Library cards are available to all residents of Sanibel and Lee County, Florida, at no charge. Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee. For more information about the Sanibel Public Library, call (239) 472-2483, or visit online at

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