Run Summer Reading

Combat the summer slide with easy-to-run summer reading challenges that increase participation in library programs, deepen engagement, and motivate more reading.

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Supercharge Summer Learning

Students who read during summer break maintain and build up their hard-earned reading skills instead of backsliding. Running engaging and accessible summer reading programs lessens learning loss and closes the achievement gap, helping to meet reading goals.

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Work With the Leading Summer Reading Solution

More than 50% of public libraries using a digital platform for their reading challenges choose Beanstack as their summer reading solution for our endless customization options and seamless user experience.

Save Time and Effort

Streamline everything summer. We make it easy to customize your website, launch summer reading challenges, manage staff and reader accounts, track prizes, and get data.

Easily customize every aspect of your website, from registration information to nitty-gritty challenge details. Integrate your library catalog to promote your collection through reading lists and challenges.

Use ready-made challenge templates to launch your summer reading program in no time. We work with public library partners like CSLP, iREAD, Page Turner Adventures, and TD Bank, and develop our own high-quality challenge templates for all our school and library customers.

Download reports of all your summer reading challenge data and gain valuable insights about your community and impact. Get as granular as the specific badges earned by each reader or obtain a bird's eye view of the total minutes or books read per month during the summer challenge.

Client success managers can help launch your site and provide ongoing support. Plus, we offer instructional guides and videos, live and recorded training webinars, and quick helpdesk support.

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“Everything was so easy and simple to understand and set up!”
EmmaLee Herlocher White Lake Township Library, Michigan
“Beanstack has streamlined the summer reading challenge process for this library.”
Jessica Stroud Harrison County Public Library, Indiana
“We love being able to offer our community something fun and educational during the summer.”
Sairra Cloen Boyertown Community Library, Pennsylvania
“I find Beanstack very easy to use and it doesn't take much of my time. Thank you for providing us with this tool to encourage students to read more!”
Michele O'Brien Prairie du Chien Area School District, Wisconsin
Example of a summer reading challenge with logging badges

Increase Summer Reading Participation

Libraries around the world grow their summer reading stats with Beanstack. In their first summer using Beanstack, Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand boosted participation by more than 400% and the books read per participant by more than 200%.

+ 400% Participation
+ 200% Books Read

How We Fuel Summer Reading Growth

Amplify the reach of your summer reading program with Beanstack's state-of-the-art technology and content.

  • Reading completion rate for the book Last Kids on Earth

    Easy-to-Use Reading Tracking

    Motivate more readers with tools like a reading timer, ISBN scanner, and title progress bars. Community members love logging everything from audiobooks and graphic novels to picture books and chapter books in their Beanstack reading logs. Leave paper logs behind with our innovative platform.

  • Reading leaderboard for a reading challenge noting how many minutes participants have read

    Reading, Gamified

    Our software uses cutting-edge motivational tools, like achievement badges, reading streaks, and leaderboards, to encourage kids and adults to keep reading. And it works—the average Beanstack summer reading participant logs more than 12 hours of reading per challenge.

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  • List of Summer reading challenges by age groups from elementary school to adults

    Offer Something for Everyone

    Easily offer summer reading challenges for all ages, from kids and parents to students and seniors. With Beanstack, you can grow your base of summer reading participants with tailored challenges and content for the whole family, young readers, teens, and older readers alike.

Download Our Summer Reading Report

With thousands of libraries, schools, readers, and students using the Beanstack app, we're the summer reading experts. Check out our most recent summer reading report to unlock the secrets for a successful summer.

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Support Your Community With Summer Reading

Discover how summer reading programs can make a difference in your community by boosting engagement and encouraging more reading among individuals, from tackling the summer slide to building connections through library programs.

Showcase Library Services

Promote your summer reading programming and events with activity badges and fun activities like bingo cards to connect readers with technology services and resources. Boost circulation by turning your staff picks and recommended reads into reading list challenges.

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Partner With Your Local Library or School

Sync up your site with your local public library location or school district with our one-of-a-kind tandem connection service. With tandems, readers can link their Beanstack accounts and log reading for all the challenges in their community—helping you boost participation and engagement.

Check Out Tandems
Beanstack account login screen for student school account linking to library account

Ready to Learn More?

Get in touch with our team for a demo and pricing information.