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Summer Reading 2021: Home

Summer Reading Programs for Adults, Teens, and Children!

Summer Reading is back!

This year we're excited to announce the addition of Beanstack at Helen Hall Library! With Beanstack, our Summer Reading Program will be entirely online - easy to track, easy to win prizes! Woohoo! Register now!
If you're new to the platform or need a refresher, click on our "Beanstack 101" tab for helpful insights or click the "Ask Us" button at the bottom of the page to chat with our librarians for assistance.
Our annual Summer Reading Program will run from June 1 - July 31, and we've got programs tailored for adults, teens, and children. Click on the program for you, and let's get reading!
                                                                       - Staff at Helen Hall Library

Signing Up

Starting May 24th, everyone can pre-register for our Summer Reading Program. Go to Beanstack and click on sign up. For mobile users, the Beanstack app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or the Google Play store for free. If you are signing children up, the first step is creating an adult account. Answer a few pieces of information, and you're ready to add readers!

Adding Readers to Your Account

Once logged in, click on the gear symbol at the top right of the screen. Enter your reader’s information, then select the challenge or challenges that they are eligible to participate in.

Logging Books

Log into your account and go to the reader dashboard. Click the "Log Reading" or "Log Reading and Activities" button. Enter information about what they are reading, according to the individual program requirements. Click "Log," and you're done!

What is Beanstack?

Simple! It’s the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to your local library’s reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When your library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history—it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, no need to re-register—just click on it, and you’re in.

 

How do I log my reading or activities?

In one swipe! Flip your book over and use your phone to scan the bar code on the back. Boom, you’re done. Seriously, the Beanstack mobile app makes it that easy. If you want to get fancy, you can also enter the number of pages, minutes, or hours (nice work!) that you read. If your library uses Activities, they’ll be there on your screen—just click the ones you’ve done. Prefer to use your computer to log your reading? No problem. You can always enter your reading through your Beanstack account online, too.

 

How do I get the prizes I earn in Beanstack?

Every time you hit a reading milestone, you’ll win a badge—a little digital fist bump to celebrate the quality time your brain and your books have been spending together. Sometimes those milestones will come with real, actual loot from your library—we’ll let you know, so you can go in and claim your sweet reward. If your library uses a raffle system for prizes, you can even use Beanstack to choose which goodies you want your tickets to go towards.

 

May I add more than one reader to my account?

Of course. You can set up as many profiles as you like, for readers of any age. And if you’re a parent who reads aloud to more than one kid at a time, you can credit that reading time to multiple children’s accounts with a single click—no need to log it in separately for each of your avid listeners.

 

How do I update my password?

Tap that little “gear” button in the top right and hit “Edit Account.”

 

How do I stop getting emails from Beanstack?

Fill out form 247-GS in triplicate, then get a self-addressed, stamped envelope…
Kidding, kidding. Just click “Edit Reader” (it’s right next to your name) and hit “No” under Email Notifications.


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