June 5-August 14, 2021: Tails & Tales
Children, teens, and adults: sign up at Beanstack online or download the Beanstack Tracker app on your device to participate in the Summer Library Program.
Here are the registration instructions for:
Here are the instructions on logging reading, redeeming rewards, and entering tickets for Grand Prize Drawings for:
We encourage our patrons to use Beanstack this summer, but if you prefer a traditional paper log you can print out or pick one up at the library. We'll track your progress via phone or email, and paper log participants will still be eligible for the same incentives and grand prizes as Beanstack users.
Here are the printable logs for:
This summer, we invite children, teens, and adults to:
- Track the number of minutes you read between June 5-August 14
- Earn free books (children and teens)
- Earn raffle tickets to win grand prizes
Be sure to check this website and our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Asked Questions
I just found out about the Summer Library Program, but the summer is already half over. Can I still participate?
Yes! Please estimate the time you've spent reading since June 5 and add this to your log.
What prize books are you offering for children and teens this summer?
We have virtual prize carts this summer. When a reader earns a free book, they can choose from the list for children (ages 0-10) or teens (11-17). If you use Beanstack, please follow the directions you receive when a free book is earned. Paper log users, please email email@example.com or call 608-873-6281 to choose a prize book.
Why can't I pick up my child's coupons and prizes at the Children's Desk?
Even though we are partially reopen to the public, we are having to stretch our small staff further than we ever did before. (For example, posting more staff at the Circulation desk to greet patrons and assist with hold pickup.) This means we are often unable to keep the Children's Desk fully staffed. We are also trying to limit the number of people in the building for extended periods of time, so we are not enlisting help from our wonderful teen volunteers to staff a dedicated Summer Library Program desk like usual. So for the time being, we plan to coordinate prize choices and pickup via email or phone, and make prizes available for pickup on the hold shelves.
Do I have to choose how to log my reading, either recording my minutes or entering a title into one of the Activity challenges?
No! Please log in both places. For example, if you spent fifteen minutes reading "The Three Bears," please log those 15 minutes of reading and also check off the "Read a Fairy Tale" activity.
Will you be giving out prize passes to Eugster's Family Farm this summer?
Yes! We will have Eugster's passes as prizes for completing the Summer Library Program for ages 0-10.
If I choose not to use Beanstack, does this mean I'll miss out on the chance to earn virtual raffle tickets and win a grand prize?
If you use a traditional pen-and-paper log, be sure to contact us to log your hours. Staff will input your information in Beanstack and enter you into the drawing(s) you hope to win. The program ends on August 14, but please try to have those hours called or emailed in to staff at least a day before that so we have time to input them. For Children's logs, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Teen or Adult logs, email email@example.com. Or you can call 608-873-6281.
Can my young child participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and the Summer Library Program at the same time?
Yes! Good news is, the books children ages 0-5 count toward both programs at the same time. For the Summer Library Program, you'll log number of minutes spent reading. For 1000 Books, you'll log the number of books read (or re-read).
I'm a teen or adult doing the Ten-To-Try Challenge; can you give me some ideas for books to try?
Yes! Check out this website for some ideas to get you started!