Beanstack FAQ

Summer Reading Program 2020

How do I get started with Beanstack?
1. Visit the Beanstack website or download the Beanstack Tracker app (available for free in the App Store and Google Play).
2. Click on the orange “Register an Individual or Family” button and fill in the information! If you are a parent registering a child, be sure to enter your information in under “Adult Information.” Beanstack allows families to be linked together, so that all family members can be accessed with one login.
3. Choose the right challenge for each participant.
4. Start participating! Log the time you spend reading, complete activities, and submit reviews to earn points. You will earn badges along the way. Even if you “complete” the program, you can continue participating to earn additional prize drawing entries (kids, tweens, and teens).

If you need additional help getting started, watch our short video overview.

How long does the program run?
The program begins June 1 and runs until August 21, 2020.

How do you earn points?
There are three ways to earn points, and you can do any combination of the three:
1. Read: Read anything you want (audiobooks count too) and log your time in any increments. Earn 1 point for every 15 minutes of reading.
2. Activities: Complete activities – you choose which ones and in what order. Earn 1, 2, or 3 points per activity.
3. Reviews: Write and submit reviews on Beanstack to share with other readers. Earn 1 point per review.

How do I log my reading?
You log the time that you spend reading. You can read anything you want! Click on the orange “Log Reading and Activities” button at the top left of the page. Choose who you want to log for and then “Minutes.” Click on the date that the reading was done and then enter the amount of time spent reading (can be in minutes or hours). You can also add the title and author of the book you’re reading, but you don’t have to. You can also choose to add a review at that time (which earns you a point!) or not.
Note: If you are using the Beanstack app, make sure you log your reading as time (minutes, hours) in order to earn points!

How do I complete activities?
Click on the orange “Log Reading and Activities” button at the top left of the page. Choose who you want to log for and then “Activities.” The next page will show all of the activity options. You can do as many or as little as you wish and in any order. Some require you to type in text, others you can just check off that you did them. The point value for each activity is to the right of the activity.

How do I write reviews?
Click on the “Add a Review” button at the top left of the page. You can write a review (text only) or submit a picture review (upload a picture). Picture reviews could be drawings, creations, videos, and more. Please keep in mind that reviews are shared on Beanstack with other participants in similar age groups (pending staff approval) and may be shared through DTDL’s social media.

What are badges?
Beanstack awards digital badges as you complete levels of the reading challenge. You get a badge for registering for the challenge, and then badges as you earn certain amounts of points. Each badge also equals a prize or a prize drawing entry!

What is the difference between the age group challenges?
When you register, depending on the age of each participant, they will put into a specific reading challenge or given a choice. Each reader can only participate in one challenge. Be sure to add each member of your family as a reader to see the challenges available to them.

All programs earn points by 1.) logging time reading, 2.) completing activities, 3.) submitting written or picture reviews. You can do any combination of these things.

Each program has its own set of point levels, prizes, and activities geared specifically for that age.

• Ages: best for ages 0-2, open to ages 0-3
• 2 point/prize levels: 15, 30 points
• Baby-friendly prizes: sticker, water squirting dragon, board book
• No drawing
• Ages: best for ages 3-8, open to all ages
• 4 point/prize levels: 15, 30, 45, 60 points
• Prizes suitable for ages 3 & up: sticker, paint sheet, fairy tale sticker scene, finger puppet, book
• Prize drawing entries for challenge completion and each additional 30 points earned
• Ages: best for ages 9-12, open to ages 8-13
• 4 point/prize levels: 25, 50, 75, 100 points
• Prizes: temporary tattoo, puzzle ball, pencil, sticky notepad, slime, book
• Prize drawing entries for challenge completion and each additional 50 points earned
• Ages: best for ages 13-18, open to ages 12-18)
• 2 point/prize levels: 30, 60 points
• Prizes: magnetic bookmark, pencil, book
• Prize drawing entries for challenge completion and each additional 30 points earned
• Ages: best for ages 19+, open to ages 18+
• No small prizes
• Prize drawing entries for each 30 points earned

Drawing prizes for all ages will be a variety of gift cards. Drawings will be held the week of August 24 and winners will be notified by phone.

All prizes may be subject to change.

Why might participants/parents choose a program outside of the “best for” age range?
• Parents may want all members of the family to be in the same reading program for simplicity’s sake.
• A participant is in one of the in-between ages and you feel a certain program may be more suitable for them.

How can we get the prizes we’ve earned?
DTDL’s summer website will be updated with prize pick-up information throughout the summer, including when and how prizes can be obtained in the library or via curbside pickup. When prize pick-up is available, you will be able to pick up all your prizes at once.

Can we sign up and participate as a family?
Yes. An adult in the family can register as the account creator and add other family members (adults and kids) as readers. You can switch between readers using the menu in the upper left corner. There is a specific program for adults so we encourage the adults in the family to participate too!

Our family spends time reading together. Can we log reading for everyone at once?
Yes! When you log reading, choose the “All Readers” profile to log that reading for everyone in your family.

Can we keep using Beanstack after the summer program is over?
Yes! You won’t continue to earn points and badges, but you can keep using the Beanstack website or app as a reading log/tracker.

We have a class/group (child care, summer camp, etc.). How can we participate?
Register for Beanstack using the “Register a Class or Group” button. You can choose to log for everyone in your group at once (easy and simple if they will all be doing the same reading and activities) or individually for each group member. You can also set up multiple groups within one account if you have several different classes of different ages.

How does the Beanstack app work?
You can download the Beanstack Tracker app in the App Store or Google Play.  The app offers all of the same features as the website with a few fun additions like a reading timer and ISBN book scanner.  Be sure to log time spent reading (minutes/hours) in order to earn points in the DTDL challenge!  Here are some video tutorials for using the app: How to Log Activities, How to Log Past Reading, How to Quick Log a Book, How to Use the Timer, How to View Challenges

Is there an offline option for the Summer Reading Program?
Yes.  A paper all-ages reading log is available for families to print or pick up from the library (coming soon).  Families can use this log to track reading and activities, win prizes, and earn drawing entries.

I have questions/need help using Beanstack. Who do I contact?
Staff are not currently in the library building taking phone calls. Please email or use the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the Beanstack page for assistance.