Beloit Public Library (BPL) is taking its Summer Reading Challenge virtual this year with the use of Beanstack.

Beanstack is a free, easy-to-use app that is accessible via any handheld device. Users also can log their activities via the Beanstack website from their desktop at Virtual tracking will replace the paper reading records and offer visual rewards on the go.

Participants log the minutes they read to earn badges, prizes, and chances to win bigger prizes. There are also badges for activities such as creating sidewalk art, writing a letter, helping with a chore, and submitting a book review.

BPL’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to all ages and takes place from June 1 through August 31. Once a participant logs the required number of minutes for a prize, they simply stop in to the library to pick up their prize.

Summer Reading Challenge prizes* are:
100 Minutes of Reading = Sunglasses
200 Minutes of Reading = Culver’s Custard
300 Minutes of Reading = Tote Bag

In addition, BPL will hold 10 monthly random drawings for gift certificates to local businesses. Anyone who is an active participant in the challenge is eligible to win. Two grand prizes of a $100 VISA card will be offered for the student and the adult who log the most reading minutes between June 1 and August 31! *Limit one prize completion and drawing eligibility per person.

Beanstack is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant LS-00-19-0050-19. Other sponsors include Friends At Beloit Library (FABL), Classic Cinemas, Culver’s, Discovery Center Museum, Firehouse Subs, and Stateline Family YMCA.

A traditional printed version of the reading record will still be available for those who do not have access to the internet or who prefer to use paper.

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