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Reading Challenges for Youth and Adults

Participate in Fairfax County Public Library's reading activities!

Beanstack: Mobile App

Registering for Beanstack Challenges:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  2. Download Beanstack app.
  3. Open the Beanstack app.
  4. Choose School, Library or Bookstore.
  5. Touch the Find tool at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Type Fairfax.
  7. Select Fairfax County Public Library (VA).
  8. Click Don’t Have an Account.
  9. Add Email and choose a Password.
  10. Add your First Name and Last Name.
  11. Choose a Library and enter your Library Card Number.
  12. Your account is created! Now you can add more optional information like your Age.
  13. Add a Profile Picture (optional.)
  14. Add School Information (optional.)
  15. Add Another reader if needed. If there are no additional readers on your account, choose I’m done adding.
  16. Once your account is created, you will be directed to the challenges we are currently offering.
  17. Choose any upcoming Challenges in which you would like to participate.

Logging Time Read and Completing Activities:

  1. Go to the Beanstack app.
  2. The Home screen has a summary of your reading activities.
  3. To log time read, touch the plus sign in the green button at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Touch the Reading button to log time spent reading.
  5. If you have more than one reader in your account, you will be prompted to choose the reader you are logging for.
  6. Choose your logging method.
  7. When logging by book title, if you only know part of the title, you can choose Search for a Title and enter what you know.
  8. Touch the title that you want to log.
  9. If you want to track your reading progress as you progress through a book, keep the Track progress button on. If you would like to only add minutes read to your log, turn off the Track progress button.
  10. To log books read in the past, you can enter the date you read and time spent reading. Make sure time is entered as minutes (e.g., 1 hour, 10 minutes; 20 minutes; 35 minutes, etc.). Time you log will be counted towards the reading goals of the challenge, meaning you will earn badges. Reading time counts for a challenge only if happens while a challenge is currently active.
  11. As you earn badges and rewards for reading, you will receive notifications that about the rewards you earned.
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