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 prize draws for users that complete them. If challenges are not for you, you can also just use Beanstack to track your reading and get personalized recommendations sent directly to your inbox!
Register for a Challenge
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
March 1 - March 31 | Ages 16+
March is Fraud Prevention month in Canada and we have you covered! This month on Beanstack we dive into fact vs fiction, facts that are stranger than fiction, fiction based on facts, and how to tell the difference between truth and truthiness. Get ready to challenge what you think you know!
10 to Try
March - April 30 | Ages 12-17
10 to Try is a challenge that asks you to read a book in 10 different categories. You can track your reading and share your favorite discoveries with the library and your fellow readers. Broaden your reading horizons!
Earth Day Challenge
April 1 - April 30
Find out how to reduce your environmental impact on our air, water, and even at home through this resourceful Earth Day challenge designed to educate and inspire! Be a planet protector and earn 8 new badges, and a chance to win an eco-friendly prize!
2022 Reading Challenge
January 1 – December 31 | All Ages
Can you rise to the challenge to keep reading all year long? Studies show that just six minutes of reading decreases blood pressure, lowers heart rate, and reduces stress by up to 68%. Just imagine if you read 100 books! Join fellow readers for a chance to earn badges all year long!
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.