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Summer Reading with a Technology Twist

If you haven’t participated in the library’s seasonal reading challenges in the last couple of years, you may be surprised to learn that you can now use an app to track your progress. Paper trackers are still available upon request, but we hope you will enjoy the convenience of being able to enter your progress on your device of choice.

The free app we use to configure and track seasonal reading programs is called Beanstack. We also use it to track the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten for preschool-aged children. Here is a brief video demonstrating how to sign up for Beanstack. This video only covers setting up Beanstack for the first use, not how to use the tracking features. We did it that way because each reading program has different rules and activities, and we didn’t want to confuse folks by creating a video that shows the activities from previous years.

If there is only one reading challenge running that you qualify for when you sign up, you will automatically be added to that challenge. When you click on the challenge, you will be presented with a list of activities you can perform to earn raffle tickets used to win prizes at the end of the program. In some cases, logging reading time or titles may be part of the program. Return to the app each time you have something to log.

Registration for this summer’s reading challenge starts June 27th, with the theme Oceans of Possibilities. After the summer reading program is over, make sure you save your login credentials because you will need them again for the next reading challenge! If you have any questions, please contact library staff for assistance.

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