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Beanstack Reading Challenges

My eyes hunger to read more books then time allows me to devour.
Jazz Feylynn

What is Beanstack?

Beanstack allows library users to take part in reading challenges.  Some challenges are linked to library programs, some have themes of their own, and some are just for the love of reading!  Many challenges offer draws for users that complete them.  If challenges are not for you, you can also just use it to track your reading and get recommendations in your inbox!

Get Started!

  1. Visit your app store to download the Beanstack Tracker App to your smartphone or device, OR visit https://stratfordlibrary.beanstack.org to use the browser version.
  2. Register yourself for an account. If more than one person in your household is registering for Beanstack (we have challenges for all age groups), create one account for the whole family and then add multiple readers. 
  3. Select one of the various challenges available, based on your age. If challenges are not your style, you can still use Beanstack to log what you read. 

Current Challenges

LITTLE READERS IN TRAINING
October 1 - June 30 | Children
Read, learn, explore, grow together. As your child's first and best teacher, it's important to incorporate shared reading into your daily activities. It's easy - complete activities, read together, and earn badges, all while training your little one to fall in love with reading. 

RECOVERY CHALLENGE
October 1 - 31  |  Adults
Ever wonder how the reading can help in the recovery process? Take the “Recovery Challenge” this October to find ways that can aid in whatever kind of recovery you need – physical, mental, economic, or financial. You could also be the lucky winner of our grand prize - $200 in gift certificates to local businesses!
Many thanks to Fanfare Books, MacLeod's Scottish Shop, Symphony in Brass, Ross's Bike Shop, Little Green Grocery, Wuerth's Shoes and Black Swan Brewing for your participation in our challenges. 

RECONNECT
October 15 - 31 | Adults
Take time to reconnect to the important things in life, like family, neighbours, the community, yourself, and of course, the Library! Take part in this challenge to get back in touch and earn points towards the grand prize of $200 in gift certificates for local businesses.

READ WOKE
October 18 - December 20  |  Teens
This fall, be part of something bigger than yourself and Read Woke. “Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.” -- Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

BOUNDLESS READING CHALLENGE
October 18 - December 20 | Teens
Reading gives you the freedom to go anywhere, even when you have to stay put. Explore topics you enjoy and fall in love with new genres in this reading challenge. Bonus! For every Beanstack challenge completed, you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for a local book store. 

INSATIABLE CHALLENGE
October 18 - December 20 | Teen
Hungry for a great read? We've got you covered. Devour as many books as possible in this challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to a local book store.

GNOMEVEMBER
November 1 - 30 | Adults
Happy Gnomevember! What's Gnomevember, you ask? It's a global movement dating back to the days of the Viking that has made its way to Stratford. Join in on Beanstack for Gnome and Gnordic-themed reading lists and activities for a chance to earn points towards $200 in gift certificates. 

MINDFULNESS
Ongoing | Ages 9 - 109
Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. 
Mindfulness is an important skill for all of us to learn, no matter our age. Whether you are just starting your journey or already working on daily mindfulness, this challenge provides easy ways to incorporate self-care into your day. 
Many thanks to local mindfulness consultant, Mike Masse, for providing guided meditations.

BOOK A DAY
Ongoing | Children
Make reading a daily habit. By reading even 15 minutes a day, young readers gain confidence, acquire new knowledge, and discover a lifelong love of reading. With this challenge, children can log daily reading minutes to earn great badges. 

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN
Ongoing | Children
1000 books. 1000 moments. 1000 memories.
Did you know that daily reading increases vocabulary, develops language skills, and deepens the bond between you and your child? Read a book - any book at all - with your little one and record it to earn badges for this challenge.

Have Questions?

If you have questions, check the Beasntack FAQ or email us at askspl@pcin.on.ca