YCL invites all ages to join us for the "Tails and Tales" Summer Learning Challenge! Register online and use our fun, interactive Beanstack service to help us reach our reading goal for 2021 — 2,021,000 minutes! You'll earn digital badges as you progress, get book recommendations by email, and enjoy many other exciting new features, including Friends, Leaderboards, Achievements, and Streaks!
Don't forget to check out all of our free virtual summer events, and for additional details about the Challenge, see the Beanstack FAQ, view helpful videos and tutorials in the Beanstack Help Center, and read more below. Please note, if you have already registered for a previous reading challenge, simply sign in to begin the new challenge.
"Tails and Tales" Summer Learning Challenge for All Ages
How the Challenge Works
The challenge is simple: Get a prize for reading 10 hours (infants and children) or 15 hours (teens and adults).* For every time you complete the challenge, you'll earn one entry into a Grand Prize Drawing, for up to 5 entries! Starting Monday, June 7, begin tracking your progress online or use a reading log, available for infants/children or teens/adults. You have until July 30, so make sure all of your reading has been logged in Beanstack!
Prizes and Drawings
Tiny Tots: Ages 0–3
Reading certificate, board book, and bath toy
Children: Ages 3–11
Reading medal, certificate, and zoo animal squishy
Teens: Ages 11–18
$5 gift card to a local business
Adults: Ages 18 & Up
Aluminum Water bottle
All Age Groups
One entry into a grand prize drawing for every 10 hours (infants and children) or 15 hours (teens and adults) of reading, up to a maximum of 5 entries.*
*Prizes may be substituted as necessary and are available only while supplies last. Prizes are only awarded for the first challenge completion. All reading time must be logged into Beanstack to receive each entry for the grand prize drawing.
Friends & Leaderboards • Streaks & Achievements • Library Events
Friends: Now you can add friends and family, and challenge them to see who can read the most! Friends can view each other's reading logs, challenge histories, and badges, and compete on leaderboards. Just use the Beanstack mobile app or web version to get your unique friend code and get started.
Leaderboards: Compete with friends on leaderboards and see who has read the most during the past week or month. Leaderboards display the top 25 readers, and the top three readers will see gold, silver, and bronze medals next to their names!
Streaks: Track and grow your daily reading to maintain reading streaks. Each consecutive day you log reading — whether it's minutes, pages, books, or days — adds a day to your streak. There is no minimum; even 5 minutes a day helps keep a streak alive! You can also view your friends' streaks.
Achievements: Motivate yourself to read with surprise badge rewards for certain reading actions, like logging your first book, completing your first challenge, adding your tenth friend, maintaining a lengthy reading streak, or reading on special days or holidays. The more days you log your reading, the higher your chances of garnering achievements!
Library Events: We'll have free online events all summer long! Check out our YouTube Channel and follow us on Facebook for virtual performances, storytimes, crafts, tutorials, and more for the whole family!
How to Log Reading
Use our Beanstack website to log in or create an account and log time for you and your family. If you have previously used our Beanstack site, you do not need to create a new account each year. If you need help resetting your password, just ask a staff member.
The Beanstack Tracker App, available for both Android and Apple devices, features a handy reading timer that automatically logs your time for you, or for multiple people at the same time. When setting up the app, make sure to select York County Library (SC).
If you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, use the Beanstack Tracker: Alexa Skill to log your reading. Enable this Skill by saying "Alexa, enable Beanstack Tracker" or search for "Beanstack Tracker" on the Alexa Skill Store. Please note that to use this Alexa Skill, you must first have a Beanstack account.
If you are unable to use Beanstack or need help to register or log time, call your local library location during in-person and curbside service hours.