This project was brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant LS-00-19-0050-19.
We are bringing our 2023 Summer Reading Program: All Together Now to you virtually with Beanstack! On Beanstack, you can log your reading and activities to earn badges and tickets for prize drawings! Summer Reading runs from June 5 until July 31, with a special Bonus Round in August.
How to get started:
- Download the Beanstack app or visit our website at berlinlibrary.beanstack.org/
Register readers. You can create an account for yourself and your child. You do not need to have an account for yourself if you are just signing up a child (but there are great prizes for you too!)
Enroll each reader for the Summer Reading Program that corresponds with their age. There are summer reading challenges for all ages: children, teens, and adults!
Log your reading to earn badges and entries into prize drawings. Some challenges may offer bonus prize entries and other rewards for completing activities and book reviews.
Not interested in using Beanstack? No worries. We will continue to offer paper reading cards. Just visit us at the library to get signed up!
Here's how Summer Reading works:
This year's theme, "All Together Now," is all about kindness, friendship, unity, and community but you can read any book you like! Audiobooks and graphic novels count!
Kids & Teens Challenge (Ages Birth-17) - Log the number of minutes you read! Every 120 minutes of reading earns you a badge and a ticket to enter for a prize drawing.
Adult Challenge (Ages 18+) - Log the number of books you complete! Every book you complete earns you a badge and a ticket to enter for a prize drawing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is Summer Reading important?
A: Reading during the summer helps kids retain and build upon the skills they learned in school, resulting in intellectual progress in vocabulary, spelling, and math skills. Summer reading helps prevent the "summer slide," in which students may lose academic skills and reading achievements during the summer that they had gained during the school year. Furthermore, engaging with stories and the written word fosters social-emotional development and elevates the importance of lifelong learning.
Q: How do I earn prize tickets and where do I enter for a prize?
A: Read! Log your minutes (children and teens) or completed books (adults), and earn badges. Badges will award virtual tickets. Then you choose to enter your tickets into a virtual prize "bucket." Prizes are the same for both virtual and paper programs. The last day to submit your tickets is July 31st.
Q: What if I don’t have access to a smart phone or computer?
A: There are two options: visit the library and use one of our computers to enter your information. Or pick up paper cards to track your reading.
Q: Will there be a prize wheel this year?
A: Yes – the wheel will be out on Wednesdays.
Q: If I have more questions or need help with my Beanstack account, who do I ask?
A: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, reach out through our Facebook page, or stop in to ask a staff member for further assistance.
Summer Reading Events
Join us every week for fun programs. Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. Stop in or call the library at 920-361-5420 to register.
Beginning June 5: Community Scavenger Hunt. In celebration of our summer theme "All Together Now" we have created a scavenger hunt with clues that will take you all around Berlin!
Come to the library to get your first clue starting June 5.
Friday, June 8 from 5 - 7 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Party
No registration required.
Tuesday, June 13 at 6 pm: On the Wing: Bird Presentation
Registration begins May 30.
Saturday, June 17 at 1 pm: Chalk It Up: Sidwalk Art Contest
Registration begins June 3.
Thursday, June 22 at 2 pm: The Illustrated Song (David HB Drake)
Registration begins June 8.
Friday, June 30 from 12 - 2 pm: Teambuilding Field Day at the Boys & Girls Club
Registration begins June 16.
Thursday, July 6 at 6 pm: Engineering Obstacle Course: Marble Run Race
Registration begins June 22.
Thursday, July 13 at 4 pm: Dance, Laugh & Sing Along! (Accordianist Micah Sommersmith)
Registration begins June 30.
Saturday, July 15 from 9 - 11 am: Fishing Excursion (Berlin Bugle Mouth Bass Club)
Registration begins June 22.
July 17 - 20 at 3 pm daily: Arts & Crafts Week
Registration begins July 3.
Thursday, July 27 at 10 am: All Together Now Magic Show (Great Scott "It Must Be Magic")
Registration begins July 13.
Wednesday, August 9 from 11 am - 2 pm: Sharing with Youth Day: Take Flight
Registration begins July 26.
Thursday, August 17 at 3 pm: Water Party at the Berlin Aquatic Center
Registration begins August 3.
A Big Thank You to our Sponsors & Programmers!
Berlin Feed Inc.
Las Brasas Mexican Restaurante
El Charro Mexican Grill
Friends of the Library
The Pie Shack
Riverside Coffee Company
Tractor Supply Co.