"A Reader Lives Here" Colouring Contest!

From July 13-19, MPL invites all of our young readers to show their love of reading by sharing it with their community. Print off the colouring sheet below, and show us your creative talents by displaying them in your window and sharing a photo with us at beanstack@beinspired.ca using the subject line “A Reader Lives Here”. One lucky winner will receive a $25 Indigo e-gift card. Please note: One winner will be selected by random draw. Contest is open to children 12 and under. Please be sure to include the artists name and age with your submitted photo. Click here to download the PDF.

Welcome to Beanstack

It’s the Summer Reading Club app that lets you do it all! From June 1- August 28, log your summer reading to earn tickets which you can use to enter into draws for great prizes. Complete additional activities to earn extra tickets, and more chances to win! And, for the first time ever, earn tons of badges for your accomplishments. We challenge you to try and collect them all! 


Choose from one of the clubs below, based on how old you are when Summer Reading Club starts.

The Preschool Summer Reading Club (Ages 0-5)

Your goal is to read for 13 hours from June 1-August 28. That equals about 1 hour per week.

The School-Aged Summer Reading Club (Ages 6-12)

Your goal is to read for 26 hours from June 1-August 28. That equals about 2 hours per week.


Getting Started with Beanstack:

  1. Visit your app store to download the Beanstack Tracker App to your smart phone or device, OR visit https://beinspired.beanstack.org to use the browser version.
  2. Register yourself for an account. If more than one person in your household is registering for a summer reading club program (we have three age groups to choose from), create one account for the whole family and add multiple readers. (TIP: make sure you look for Milton Public Library, Ontario. We’re the one with the bee logo)
  3. Select your Summer Reading Club challenge, based on your age.

Logging Badges:

  1. You’ll earn a badge for every 1-2 hours of reading you log…we challenge you to earn them all!
  2. Each time you earn a Logging Badge, you’ll receive tickets that you can use to enter into the prize draws…reach your reading goal, and we’ll send you even more tickets! The more you read, the more chances you have to win an awesome prize at the end of the summer. 

Activity Badges:

  1. Want to earn extra tickets? Complete Activity Challenges. You’ll have fun, and learn some really cool things too.
  2. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to earn those activity badges (and extra tickets).
  3. Looking for the Be A Bingo Player bingo card? Access it here




  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Summer Reading Club/Beanstack App Frequently Asked Questions:

    I only have one child that wants to register for Summer Reading Club, should I just register them as an individual?

    Milton Public Library (MPL) will be using Beanstack for a minimum of 2 years, offering a variety of challenges year-round to all age groups. If there is more than one person in your house that may wish to participate in a reading challenge at some point in the future, we strongly encourage you to register as a family. If you register as an individual now, and someone else from your house tries to register down the road, they will have difficulty doing so, as Beanstack will note that a registered user has the same information (e.g. phone number, postal code, etc.

    Where do I access the books to read?

    There are no books available within the Beanstack app. Children & Teens are invited to read anything they wish, at any time, and simply track the time they spend reading.

    We don’t have any books at home; what can we read?

    MPL patrons are welcome to reserve items on library’s website for curbside pick up. There are also thousands of e-books available through our website. We encourage you to check out Hoopla, Cloud Library & Tumblebooks.

    Why are the pictures in the Beanstack App grey?

    All of the virtual badges will appear grey in colour until the participant has earned them. Once they are earned/unlocked, they will change colour.

    I logged some reading time but the reading badge is still grey...

    You must meet the required time to unlock each reading badge. For example, you must read 60 minutes before you unlock a reading badge in the Preschool Summer Reading Club and 120 minutes in the School Age Challenge.

    How do I log my reading, using a Desktop computer?

    Select the reader (child) you want to track the reading for. Click on the “logging badges” tab. Select the first grey badge available. Record the time you spent reading, in minutes.

    How do I log my reading, using the mobile app?

    Click on the plus (+) sign, and select “reading”. Select the reader (child) you want to track the reading for. You can scan the ISBN on the book or manually add the information. If you scan the ISBN, it will ask you to start the reading session or log past reading. Select the latter if you have already read all or some of the book. Answer the rest of the questions and click “finish”.

    What do I do when I have met the completion requirements for the challenge?

    Wow! Well done! You can certainly keep reading but you have earned the final tracking badge. You can however, earn more badges/tickets by completing some of the optional activity challenges. 

    How do I redeem the tickets I have earned?

     Sign in to Beanstack using a desktop computer. Click on the “ticket drawings” tab to view the prizes that are available. At the top of the page, it will tell you have many tickets you have to spend. You can decide which prize(s) you most want to win, and put your tickets towards those drawings.

    How will we know if we won?

    The Summer Reading Clubs are open until August 28th. Library staff will contact all prize winners, via email, during the week of August 31-Sept 4. You will be able to pick the items up via curbside pick up at a pre-arranged date/time.

    I’m trying to add more tickets to one of the prizes I really want to win but it says that I have entered the maximum amount, even though I have more tickets to spend. What does this mean?

    Some of the prizes will only allow you to put a certain amount of tickets towards them. However, there are lots of prizes with no maximums.

    Someone told me the Summer Reading Club was available in different languages, but all I see if English. Can you help?

    The Summer Reading Clubs available in 100+ different languages. This feature is only available when accessing the program(s) on a desktop computer. Look for the “select language” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

    I completed an activity challenge that requires a secret code to unlock the badge, but I never received the secret code.

    All of the activity challenges that involve secret codes, require patrons to use a specific subject line when sending their emails. This helps the staff members keep track of everything. Please make sure you include the appropriate subject line (without typos) and try re-sending the email/information.

    My youngest child said they didn’t want to join when I registered their sibling earlier this summer, but they have changed their mind. Is it too late?

    It's never too late for reading! You can add new readers to your account at any time. You can register for the challenge right up until the last day!

    What it we don’t meet the completion requirements?

    That’s OK. You can read as much, or as little as you wish. You will still earn badges and tickets.

    I have registered my five year old for the Preschool Summer Reading Club but they can’t read very well on their own. Is it OK if I read to them?

    Absolutely! You can register children 0-5 years for our Preschool Summer Reading Club because we know that reading to your child is a very important thing to do! Just track the minutes you spend reading to them.

     


Have questions? Let us know by emailing us at beanstack@beinspired.ca.

For information about the Teen Summer Reading Club, visit the Teen Summer Reading Club page