Summer Reading Program Goes Digital with Launch of Beanstack

Gwinnett County Public Library now offers customers access to Beanstack, a customized online portal designed to engage families with young readers and to facilitate the library’s summer reading program.

Beanstack starts with sending parents a weekly recommendation of a book and event at your local library, matched to each child’s interests. Parents are also provided tools for building literacy, including learning tracks that are like step-by-step guides through subjects like “A Guide to Reading Readiness,” “Ninjas,” and “Surviving Family Car Trips.” As families log their reading and complete literacy activities, they earn badges that encourage them to visit their local branch.

Customers can create Beanstack accounts, get emailed recommendations, log their reading, and register children for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Beginning May 5, customers will be able to register for the Summer Reading Program, earn incentives for book clubs, and more.

“It’s easy and fun to keep track of reading online using Beanstack,” says Youth Services Manager Amy Billings. “We hope that the excitement of earning badges and prizes along the way will help motivate children and teens to track their reading on their computer or mobile device, explore our digital resources, and encourage visits to library branches for books, services, programs and more.”

To sign up and learn more about Beanstack, visit gwinnettpl.beanstack.org