How do I sign up?Sign up and log progress for all Summer Reading Programs at the Beanstack website or through the free Beanstack summer reading app. If you need help signing up or recording progress, stop by the library or email the Youth & Teen Desk for their programs or email the Adult Desk for their program.
How do I keep track of what I've read?Log your progress online using Beanstack online or the Beanstack app. You can also pick up a paper log if that is easier day-to-day, but progress must be logged online. Ask at the Youth or Adult Information Desk for assistance.
Note: You must log completed reading progress online to be included in the weekly drawings or to earn badges.
Using the Beanstack app.
- If you already have an account from one of our previous Summer Reading programs or from 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you can use that or create one here.
- Download the “Beanstack Tracker” app on your mobile device.
- Open the app and click the “Find a Site” button at the bottom. In the box at the top, search for and select “Portage District Library”.
- Sign in with the Beanstack username you already created, or sign-up for one now.
- Select the “+” button on the bottom toolbar to add progress.
Note: Summer Reading and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten are separate reading challenges. Logging progress in one challenge does not automatically count as progress in another reading challenge.
Youth - Toddler -5th GradeThis program is designed to help kids (toddler-5th grade) read for fun and growth this summer. Participation is free and open to all, and it’s simple to play. Set a daily reading goal for each child (for example, the Portage Public Schools recommend that elementary children read for at least 20 minutes each day).
Log each day that your child reads on our Summer Reading site or app (see instructions above). Each week readers record 5 days of reading, they will be automatically entered into that week’s drawing for gift cards from local vendors! At 15 days of reading and again at 30 days of reading, each reader will receive a free book! Kids who log at least 45 days of reading can enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize pack!
Teens - 6th-12th GradeDuring each week that readers in 6th-12th grade record at least 5 days of reading , they will be automatically entered to win a gift card to an area business! At 15 days of reading and again at 30 days of reading, teen readers will receive a free book! Teens who log at least 45 days of reading can enter for a chance to win a Grand Prize Pack! Open to everyone in 6th-12th grade (including incoming 6th graders and graduating seniors).
Family Summer QuestYou will have so many adventures this summer! You can earn up to 25 buttons by sharing these adventures with us. Pick up a Quest Journal and a list of activities at the Youth Desk and write or draw pictures of your experiences this summer. Each journal entry that you show a librarian will earn you a button (up to 25). Visit the Quest Central table for more great suggestions, to decorate your journal entries, or select your earned buttons.
Adults - 18 and OlderHave some fun and get some stuff by participating in the Adult Summer Reading Program. All adults (18 and older) are welcome to join. Every week a drawing will be held to award a gift card from local businesses. All you have to do is earn a badge. You can earn one badge a week just by reading a book (and enter the title in your account at Beanstack) or by doing online activities throughout the summer.
You will receive one virtual ticket for every badge you earn that you can spend in either a weekly drawing or the final drawing. Every week there will be chances to win smaller gift cards, and in the end, ten larger gifts will be available to win. Any winner will be able to use the gift card or “pay it forward” by giving it to a local community member who you select to receive it.
We are grateful for the support from The Friends of the Library and Pizza Hut.