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  • 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) plans to continue using Beanstack after the summer months, 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 the library’s website. 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 3 hours or 180 minutes before you unlock a reading badge in the Teen Summer Reading Club 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! We hope you will keep reading but you have earned the final tracking badge for this challenge. You can however, earn more badges/tickets by completing some of the Activity Challenges by participating in some of MPL's summer programs. 

    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 20th. Library staff will contact all prize winners, via email, by Friday, September 9th. You will be able to pick the items up at a pre-arranged date/time and library location.

    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 is English. Can you help?

    The Summer Reading Clubs are 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.

    If you attend a virtual program, the secret code(s) will be given to participants after the program ends (either while online, or via email). If you participate in a self-directed activity (e.g. checking out the beehives) you can follow the directions noted with the badge to send us an email. We will make sure you receive your secret code. When in doubt, please reach out to us via email at 

    When does registration close? 

    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 if 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. 

    Are there rules about what we can read?

    Nope! Because the challenge is minute-based, we encourage you to spend time reading the things that get you excited to read. It could be a book, but it could also be fanficiton, a webcomic, listening to an audiobook, magazines, newspapers, or anything else you find that looks (or sounds) like fun. 

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Welcome to Beanstack

It’s the Summer Reading Club app that let’s you do it all! From June 25 - August 20, 2022 log your summer reading to earn tickets that you can use to enter into draws for great prizes. Complete additional activities to earn extra tickets, and more chances to win! Earn tons of badges for your accomplishments this summer!

Your 2022 Summer Reading Challenge:

Ages 13-17. To complete 30 hours (or 1800 minutes) of reading from June 25 - August 20, 2022. As long as you’re reading, it doesn’t matter what! Log books, fanfiction, audiobooks, webcomics, magazines, newspapers, blogs, or whatever else captures your interest.

Getting Started with Beanstack:

  1. Visit your app store to download the Beanstack Tracker App to your smart phone or device, OR visit to use the browser version.
  2. If you haven't previously participated in a Beanstack Summer Reading Club, or Read Woke Challenge, you'll need to 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 the Teen Summer Reading Club Challenge for ages 13-17. 
  4. Start Reading and logging your minutes!

Logging Badges:

  1. 30 hours of reading over 8(ish) weeks, equals about 3 hours of reading a week. You’ve got this!
  2. You’ll earn a Logging Badge for every 3 hours of reading you log…we challenge you to earn them all.
  3. Each time you earn a Logging Badge, you’ll receive three tickets that you can use to enter into the ticket draws…reach 30 hours and we’ll send you even more tickets for reaching your goal!

Activity Badges:

Want to earn extra tickets? Complete Activity Challenges. Every time you do, you'll get an activity badge and those extra tickets we promised. You’ll have fun, and learn a few things too. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully!

Spending Tickets:

  1. Log in to your Beanstack account on a desktop computer.
  2. Open the "ticket drawings" tab. 
  3. At the top of the page, you will see how many tickets you have earned. Below that is the list of prizes available this year. Click on the "add tickets" button beside the prizes you want to win! Please note that some prizes have a maximum (e.g. you can only put 5 tickets towards them) while others do not. 
  4. Make sure you spend all of your tickets before the end of the day on Saturday, August 20th! 


All prizes will be drawn at random. Winners only will be contacted via email by August 26, 2022 to coordinate pickup of their prize. Be sure to check your spam folder!

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