Reading Challenges

Year-Round Reading Challenges

In addition to Summer Reading and our Winter Reading Challenge, CRRL offers reading challenges throughout the year on our Beanstack website and mobile app. Register for a Beanstack account using the Beanstack Tracker App or our Beanstack website.

You can log reading ANYTIME through our Beanstack app or website, but only reading logged on dates during an active challenge will count towards that challenge.

Your account for the library catalog (frequently called a BiblioCommons account) is not the same as a Beanstack account. You must sign up for a Beanstack account separately. 

IMPORTANT: Please do not use a K-12 school email address when creating your (or your child's) Beanstack account. Schools often block emails from outside organizations, in which case the library would be unable to assist you with your account or notify you of challenge prizes you may win. You can provide a phone number if you prefer not to provide an email address.

How to sign up

The challenge runs June 1-August 31.

Log reading and complete activity badges to be entered into random drawings for prizes every week, and use your earned points to purchase tickets for grand prizes.

Monthly Challenges

These challenges do not have prizes.

Back to School Banner

August 1 - September 30
For Preschool - 12th Grades Only

It’s back to school time! Start the school year right by setting goals, getting organized, and, of course, reading!

Logging challenge only - no activity badges.

Fall into Reading Banner

September 1 - 30
For All Ages

Fall brings crisp, new beginnings and all things cozy! Fall into a great book this season and log your reading to earn badges throughout the challenge.

Logging challenge only - no activity badges.

Hispanic Heritage Month Banner

September 15 - October 15
For All Ages (two programs: Adults; Children & Teens)

This year, the theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Honor diverse voices, unique perspectives, and rich cultural traditions through activities and book recommendations.

Hallow-Read Banner

October 1-31
For All Ages 

It's spooky season! Summon your favorite books and experience Halloween festivities for the family by reading and completing activities.

How To Register: Beanstack Tracker App

Beanstack Tracker App logo
Beanstack Tracker App: App Store Screen

1. Download the free Beanstack Tracker App (Apple or Android) to track your reading and participate in reading challenges on your phone.

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2. Once you install and open the app, you'll be asked if your library uses Beanstack. Click "Yup!"

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3. Search for "Central Rappahannock," then select "Central Rappahannock Regional Library (VA)."

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4. When you first enter CRRL's Beanstack app, you'll see a login screen. At the bottom of this screen, you'll see "Don't have an account? Sign up!" Click on "Sign up!"

Username-Password

5. Begin by creating your Beanstack Account. You'll be prompted to create a username and password and enter additional information like your name and contact information.

IMPORTANT:
Please do not use a K-12 school email address for your (or your child's) Beanstack account.
Schools often block emails from outside organizations, in which case the library would be unable to assist you with your account or notify you of challenge prizes you may win. You can provide a phone number if you prefer not to provide an email address.

SignedUp

6. Once you've created your Beanstack Account, you'll create your Reader Profile. You will participate in challenges with your Reader Profile. You can also add additional Reader Profiles (family members) to your account here. For example, parents would create the family's Beanstack Account, then a separate Reader Profile for themselves and each child.

FamilyAccount-SwitchReader

7. If you created multiple Reader Profiles, you can manage reading logs and achievements for everyone in one place. To switch between Readers, you can select your initials or your profile image (if you added one) in the top right of your screen.

ReadingLog

8. Your Log allows you to see recent activity, books completed, badges earned, reviews written, and highlights of your activity over time.

Beanstack Tracker App: Screenshot of reading challenges

9. Reading challenges help set reading goals and offer fun activities. Earn badges for meeting reading goals and completing activities. If reading challenges are available for your age, you can see them by clicking on the Discover icon, and they will be listed under the Challenges tab at the top of your screen.

Your Choice! Beanstack Tracker App and/or Beanstack Website

There are minor variations in the interface of the mobile app and website, but you can create and manager your individual or family account, log reading, and participate in challenges in both. You may prefer to use only one, or you may enjoy the flexibility of using both the  app and website together.

There may be a very slight delay, but reading logged on either the mobile app or website will be synced to your account.

How To Register: Website

Beanstack homepage
  1. Visit librarypoint.beanstack.org and click on the "Register an Individual or Family" button.
Screenshot of Beanstack Challenge registration screen

2. You will be asked 2 questions:

"Have you previously used Beanstack to participate in a reading challenge?"

Click "No."

"Who would you like to register?"

Click "I am registering myself."

Provide the requested information to register. 

IMPORTANT:
Please do not use a K-12 school email address for your (or your child's) Beanstack account.
Schools often block emails from outside organizations, in which case the library would be unable to assist you with your account or notify you of challenge prizes you may win. You can provide a phone number if you prefer not to provide an email address.

Screenshot of Beanstack registration page

You'll be asked to select a Challenge to participate in.

Registering unlocks the Registration badge for that challenge.

 

Screenshot of Beanstack Challenge registration badge

CONGRATULATIONS!

You now have a Beanstack account to be used for any future reading challenges, and you're registered for the challenge you selected!

Click the NEXT button.

You will be asked if you would like to register another adult or child.

Click "No," unless you would like to register another person as a Reader on your account.

That's it!

You'll then see a list of challenges you're registered for, and other challenges if available.

Screenshot of customer view once signed in to their account for the first time
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