Reading Challenge FAQs
STPL offers reading challenges to readers of all ages throughout the year using Beanstack (sttammanylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365). These challenges include our annual Summer Reading Challenge and Winter Reading Challenge. Participants in these challenges can earn points, virtual badges, and real prizes for reading and completing fun activities! Our Summer & Winter Reading Challenges are designed to promote reading and basic literacy skills throughout the summer/winter months. The goal is to encourage reading as a lifelong habit by drawing in reluctant readers with fun enrichment activities and helping students build their literacy skills.
Beanstack is our free online Reading Challenge management software. It allows you to log your reading, read and submit book reviews, and receive book recommendations. During the Summer and Winter Reading Challenges you can complete challenges, earn badges, and receive prizes! Even if we don't currently have an active challenge for your age group, you can still track your reading year-round using Beanstack. Continue reading to see which challenges are currently active and to learn more about Beanstack.
Visit our Beanstack site sttammanylibrary.beanstack.com/reader365 and select “Register and Individual or Family” to get started. Follow the prompts to create your account.
Read ANYTHING that you want! Books, graphic novels, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines all count toward our reading challenges. Each challenge has its own length. Sign-up for Beanstack to find out what challenges are available to you.
LET'S PLAY SOME BINGO!
WHO: Adults, Teens, and Kids
WHEN: 12/1/23 - 01/ 15/24
WHAT: Earn badges for reading, completing activities, and submitting a book review.
WHERE: Register in person or on our Beanstack App and receive a Reading Buddy.
HOW: Earn 5 badges in a row for a BINGO. Complete the whole card for a BLACKOUT.
BINGO PRIZE: Win a prize of your choice from our Prize Box (available at any branch).
BLACKOUT PRIZE: Your name will be placed in our Grand Prize drawing for a chance to win. Winners announced on January 16th!
Beanstack is a free online service that STPL uses to create our reading challenges. It allows readers to log their reading, read and submit book reviews, and receive book recommendations. This easy to use service allows individuals and families to easily track and log the books they've read and participate in reading challenges. Even if the library doesn't currently have an active challenge for your age group, you can still use the Beanstack App (available for both Apple and Android Devices) to track your reading year-round. The service also offers great book recommendations based on reading level and interests. Even better, recommended titles link directly to the STPL catalog! To get the app, Scan the QR code or simply search "Beanstack" in the app store and download it for free!
Sign up for Beanstack now at sttammanylibrary.beanstack.org!