Summer Reading 2019

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Join us in exploring the Universe of Stories. Summer Reading 2019 launches on Saturday, June 1st with fun programs and activities for all ages, all summer long. Join us for live music, story time, special performances and more. You can register online now on Beanstack.

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

Explore our Summer Reading Challenges for All Ages

Go to Beanstack to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge

Once again we will be using Beanstack, an app for tracking reading and activities, for Summer Reading. Print reading logs will be available at libraries.

Beanstack is the name of the website where readers register to participate in our Summer Reading program. 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 Summer Reading?

You don’t have to use Beanstack to participate. Every person who registers for the Summer Reading Challenge will be added to the Beanstack website in order to be entered into the prize drawings and to claim the finisher prizes. However, you are free to participate just using the paper log. Be sure to turn in the completed reading log at either Cedar Mill Community Libraries location by August 25, 2019.

What do readers need to do to receive the finishers packet and prize book?

  • Pre-readers, kids, and teens have a goal of 500 points, which can be reach by logging 5 hours of reading, this includes being read to and listening to books.
  • Pre-readers, kids and teens improve their chances to win the grand prize by reading more

All reading and activities must be logged by August 25, 2019 to be entered in the grand prize drawing and to claim the finishers prizes.

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.