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Join us for Reading Colors Your World, our annual Summer Reading program. We offer reading fun for all ages. Summer Reading 2021 launches on Monday, June 1st and goes through August 31, 2021.

Summer is a great time to read what you like, to learn new things, and have fun. Find storytimes and online events for all ages throughout the summer on our events calendar.

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Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Go to Beanstack to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge

For the Teen Summer Reading Challenge, we will be using Beanstack, an app for tracking reading and activities. Print reading logs may be downloaded on the Teen Summer Reading Page.

Beanstack is the name of the website where teen readers register to participate in our Teen Summer Reading challenge. The website has been personalized for Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries. At participants can log reading minutes and books, log activities, and find book recommendations, or use the mobile app available for download via Google Play and Apple App Stores.

Why Beanstack?

Beanstack offers a fun, interactive alternative to the paper log for Summer Reading. In addition it is a service that the libraries can use year round for encouraging reading.

Does it cost anything to use Beanstack?

Nope! Beanstack and the Beanstack mobile apps (iPhone and Android) are both free to use.

Is my information safe?

The library requests as little information as possible from participants, your name will never be visible to others viewing the site. The database that contains all of the information about your account is secured by encrypted password access. However, we encourage you not to share your username or password with anyone. For additional information about Beanstack security and privacy, please review their privacy page:

How do I sign up?

You can sign up online on our personalized Beanstack page: For more information about the different summer reading programs go to:

In the library, you can register for Beanstack at the summer reading table, or any of the available computer stations.

How do I get a username and password?

Everyone who is participating in the Summer Challenge needs a unique username and password.  You will select your username and password when you sign up for the Summer Challenge via Beanstack or in the library.

What if the username I selected is already taken?

Try choosing a different username. Adding a number at the end of your preferred username might help, or selecting a combination of two usernames you like.

Do I have to use my real name?

Yes, if you want to be eligible for the grand prize drawing and claim the finishers prize. You will also want to include contact information, either an email or phone number, in order to be notified if you are grand prize winner.

Why should I include an email?

A welcome email will be sent with instructions as well as weekly recommendations for reading materials. Additionally, if you forget your password, it’s much easier to reset if you provide an email address.

Do I have to signup for Beanstack to participate in the Teen Summer Reading challenge?

You don’t have to use Beanstack to participate in the Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up on the Beanstack website allows for quick logging of books read. However, you are free to participate just using the paper log. Be sure email when you have completed the reading log.

What do readers need to do to contribute to our community goal of a $1000 donation to the Oregon Food Bank?

  • Log books and complete activites. Each book read is equal to a 25 cent contribution. Some activities may earn the reader a 50 cent donation.

All reading and activities must be logged by August 31, 2020 to be counted toward our community goal of a donation of $1000 to the Oregon Food Bank.

How can I opt out of Beanstack email notifications?

  1. Sign in to your Beanstack Account.
  2. Choose the reader on your account who wishes to opt out of email notifications.
  3. Click on “Edit Reader” from the drop down menu next to the Reader’s name at the top
  4. Choose No for Personalized Recommendations and/or Email Notifications and save.
  5. You will no longer receive email notifications for that specific reader.

Participants can share access to a Beanstack reader profile with family members and teachers so that they can see the list of selected books, activities and more.

How does a parent share child’s profile with others?

Through the reader’s profile page, from the drop down menu next to their name click “Edit Reader.” On that page, scroll down to Share this Reader” and enter the email address of the person(s) to invite. The creator of the account will be able to see when the invite was accepted and can also revoke access at any time.

How to use a share code.

Go to the Beanstack sign up page for a free account and enter your share code. From there, you can access the child’s profile to update preferences and access learning guides. If you already have an account, then login and on the bottom of the page, you will see a link for “Share Code”. Click on that link and enter the code in the box on that page.