New 100 Books Before Graduation Program Full of Prizes and Learning

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By Katrina Wilson

Sponsored by Prince William Public Libraries

Prince William Public Libraries is relaunching their “100 Books Before College” program, now called 100 Books Before Graduation, which fuses technology and books.

The 100 Books Before Graduation program is designed to challenge students in grades six to 12 to read books and complete activities before graduating from high school.

The title was changed from “100 Books Before College” to “100 Books Before Graduation” to be more inclusive.

“We know that teens may choose different paths after high school such as college, a trade school, the military or countless other fulfilling experiences,” said Rachel Johnson, PWPL’s communications and marketing director.

Studies show that reading helps improve vocabulary and test scores and prepares students for life after high school while helping them become more creative, open-minded people.

Johnson said that since students are already reading books on a regular basis for school, by signing up for 100 Books Before Graduation, they have even more incentive to read, visit the library, and learn about the resources and services it offers.

PWPL added new suggested activities that count towards getting to 100 points to win awesome prizes.

Here’s how to get started:

100 Books, library

Students download the Beanstack Tracker app (App Store, Google Play) on their phones or create an account on their computers. Or, if they prefer, they can pick up a “100 Books Before Graduation” Checklist from the library.

Students log the books they read or complete activities on the app or paper checklist to start earning prizes.

“The app/checklist will keep track of the number of books you read and activities you complete,” Johnson said. For every 25 points earned, they receive interesting prizes.

“We’ll send you an email when you earn another prize and drawing entry,” Johnson said.

When they reach milestones of 25, 50 and 75 points for completing activities and reading books, teens will receive useful prizes like a travel mug, fidget spinner and tape measure key chain. As teens get closer to completing 100 Books Before Graduation, they have chances to win gift cards and an e-reader.

“At 100 points, you’ll receive a grand prize packet, a Certificate of Completion, and an entry into the grand prize drawing for a new e-reader,” Johnson said.

PWPL wants to see the students enjoying reading. For the program, students can tag themselves in their reading adventures by using #100Books.

“Tag us as you complete activities and read books for 100 Books Before Graduation: @PrinceWmLibrary on Twitter, @PWPLS on Instagram using #100books and #pwplibraries,” Johnson said.

For book recommendations, check out the PWPL’s 100 Books Before Graduation Suggested Reading List, see what other teens are recommending on Goodreads or ask library staff for suggestions.

Sponsors of the program are Prince William Library Foundation, Bel Air Woman’s Club, United Bank and Rotary Club of Gainesville-Haymarket.


Katrina Wilson graduated from Francis Marion University. You can follow her on Twitter at KatrinaMWilson_.


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