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Winter Challenge

Stay active and engaged all winter long with the Washington Wizards!

This winter the DC Public Library, Washington Wizards, Alexandria Library and Prince George's County Memorial Library System invite your family to stay active and engaged with Winter Challenge! From, Jan. 1 - Mar. 31 school-aged children and teens (Ages 5-19) can sign up and earn badges that encourage reading for pleasure, joining interactive virtual events, sharing and connecting with the library community and finding fun ways to be physically active. Winter Challenge is a great way to find healthy habits that your family will love and can add to your routine all year round.


Register Sign up through Beanstack. If you have participated in past reading programs, you can log in to your account with your username and password. Make sure your email is up to date as that is how the library and the Wizards will notify you about prizes. Having trouble registering? Email us or contact your neighborhood library. Unable to use Beanstack? Download and print this gameboard and follow the instructions to join the challenge. 

Earn Badges

Earn BadgesOnce you have signed up for Winter Challenge you can begin earning badges in Beanstack or by using your paper gameboard! There are badges for adding reading to your routine, finding fun ways to stay physically active, attending great virtual events and even simply connecting with the library community! Every badge you earn puts you one step closer to winning prizes from the Washington Wizards.

Win Prizes

Win prizes

Earn the reading badge and at least two other badges to complete the challenge. Then starting Monday, Mar. 15 - Friday, Apr. 9 you can visit your neighborhood library to collect a completion prize from the Washington Wizards! (While supplies last.) You will also be entered into a Thursday, Apr. 1 raffle drawing to win special grand prizes like jerseys and exclusive digital experiences. 


Earning Badges with the Library

We have everything you need to help you earn your Winter Challenge badges! From exciting reads for every age and interest, to virtual events, to opportunities to share online, your library card will set you up for success. Don't have a library card? Don't worry! Learn how to sign up for a card today.


The library has compiled lists of amazing reads for all ages that will help you not only meet your reading goals, but maybe also help you find some new favorites! 

Children (5-12)
Books for Kids
eBooks and eAudiobooks for Kids

Teens (13-19)
Books for Teens
eBooks and eAudiobooks for Teens

Virtual Programs

The library has virtual programs nearly every day of the week that you can join from virtual family concerts to D-I-Y craft workshops and much more. But DC Public Library isn't the only place where you can find virtual programs! Throughout Winter Challenge we encourage you to check out events with the Washington Wizards and our partner libraries to join in on the fun across the DMV.

Find Virtual Events at
DC Public Library
Alexandria Library
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Washington Wizards

Fitness Fun

Did you know that staying active not only keeps your body healthy but it helps your brain too? It's true! Physical activity can help you concentrate and focus which allows you to learn more and do better in school (or help you reach that next level of your game!). Check out some great ways to get your body moving from the Washington Wizards and #FITDC!

Fitness Videos
Wizards Workout Wednesdays
#FITDC Flatten the Curve Fitness for Families and Kids

Connect and Share

We may be hanging out at home this winter but that doesn't mean we can't connect with each other online! The Washington Wizards and the library want to hear from you and what you are enjoying during Winter Challenge!

Follow the library

Follow the Jr Wizards

Looking for more? Whether you are looking for homework help for kids or teens, want to find more resources for distance learning, or want to find fun ways to bring the library home, the DC Public Library is open 24/7 online for you and your family!

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