Do you Beanstack?

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Christina Teasley, Crofton Community Library

Do you Beanstack? What’s Beanstack you ask? It’s an online reading log every Anne Arundel County Public Library card holder can use. It’s available year-round, and in the summer it morphs into a prize-rewarding machine! This past summer over 13,000 AACPL customers participated in our Summer Reading Club and were rewarded with gift cards to Chick-Fil-A and discounted coupons or tickets to local attractions including Medieval Times and the Maryland Science Center. Tickets to Orioles games were also among the prizes! At the end of the program, school-age children were rewarded with books, teens earned ear buds, and adults received an Exercise your Mind tote bag.

A collection of images showing a certificate, medals, award, ribbon, and trophy.

Why Beanstack? It’s a fun way to keep track of your family’s reading activity. You will also receive recommendations for your next books to read. Beanstack awards virtual badges based on logged reading activities. During next year’s Summer Reading Club, badges will also be awarded for completing various learning activities such as visiting the library, writing a book review in Beanstack, and attending library programs. The more badges you earn, the more opportunities to win grand prizes!

To start logging your reading in Beanstack, download the AACPL app, click on Reading Programs, and register your whole family!! You can also register online at https://aacpl.beanstack.org. Once registered, it’s super easy to log reading activities for all of your family members. It’s an especially great way to track the progress of young readers as they develop their skills, but don’t let the kids have all of the fun. It’s for adults too!

Anne Arundel County Public Library logo and the Beanstack logo

The Summer Reading Committee is hard at work to make the 2017 Summer Reading Club (SRC) the best experience yet! Prizes will be rewarded for our story time friends (birth- age 5), elementary school age, teens, and adults! We’re still working on the details so stay tuned…

So…do you Beanstack? I do, and I hope you will too!

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