Beanstack and SLP Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the Oregon SLP Help Desk if your question is not answered below or you need more help.
Email: oreyouth@oregonlibrary.org 
Phone: 608-835-6265

What is Beanstack?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved to the online reading and activity tracking platform Beanstack  for our 2020 Summer Library Program (SLP) for all ages. You can use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to log reading and activities. Beanstack Tracker App is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. 

Your Beanstack account will carry over to next summer and other reading programs. You can have multiple family members on one account.

How do I register as an individual or as a family? 

Instructions for web version of Beanstack:

  1. Go to oregonpubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
  2. Click on Register an Individual or Family.
  3. You will be asked if you want to register yourself or your child.
  4. If registering as a family, the parent/caregiver should begin by clicking I am Registering Myself
  5. You will be asked for your first name, last name, email, phone number, zip code, age, and grade. Adults will choose 18+ for ages and Adult for grade. 
  6. Email and phone number are NOT required. If you provide an email, you will be able to do password recovery if you forget your password. 
  7. The Library’s reading programs are organized by age. A reader will only be able to register for the program for their age. Click on the program name to learn more about how it works.
    • Read to Me is for ages 0-4
    • Children is for ages 5-11
    • Teen is for ages 12-17
    • Adult is ages 18+ 
  8. Once registered, you will be asked if you want to add another adult or child.
  9. The username and password created for the family account should be used by all family members you created to log in to their Beanstack account. 

How to I log books?

The Beanstack app does allow readers to scan the bar code on the back of the book to log reading. Scanning the barcode with a library's name will NOT work.

Instructions for web version of Beanstack:

  1. Sign into your Beanstack account at oregonpubliclibrary.beanstack.org
  2. Click the Log Reading and Activities button above Reader's name.
  3. Select the Reader you'd like to log for, then select Minutes or Books.
    • Children and Teen log by minutes.
    • Read to Me and Adults log by books. 
  4. A calendar will open for you to select the day for which you are logging.
  5. Type in the number of minutes/books read. 
  6. Adding Title and Author and writing a book review are optional. You will find the books you read and reviewed under the Challenge Log button.

How do I log activities?

Instructions for web version of Beanstack:

  1. Sign into your Beanstack account at oregonpubliclibrary.beanstack.org
  2. Select the Reader you’d like to log for, then select Activities.
  3. A calendar will open for you to select the day for which you are logging.
  4. Choose which Activity Badge you want to log.
  5. Once in the Badge, click on the activities you did.
  6. The Badge description will list how many activities you need to do to earn the Badge.

Do readers earn prizes for completing the program?

Yes! Readers in the Read to Me, Children, and Teen programs, earn a book and bag of goodies (coupons, pencils) when they complete their programs. To complete the programs, readers need to earn 10 Badges. They can choose what badges they want to do. 

Registration and Completion badges do NOT count towards the 10 badges to finish your program.

Since the Library is not fully open, how to we pick up our prizes?

We are not handing out prizes until July 6. We are working on the best way to safely pass out prizes. Information and updates will be available on social media and here.

Are there Grand Prize Drawings this year?

YES! Each program has its own Grand Prize Drawing.

  • For Read to Me’s and Children programs,
    • Readers choose which prize they want to try to win. 
    • Every time readers complete a badge, they earn a ticket.
    • Under the Tickets button, readers choose which prize they want to try to win.
    • Readers can put some tickets in one prize drawing and other tickets in another one.
  • For Teen and Adults programs,
    • Readers will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card of your choice every time they earn a badge.
    • Teen and Adult readers do NOT use tickets.

Beanstack Terms to Know 

  • Challenge Badge- Earned by registering and completing your reading program. They are not counted towards the completion requirement. They do earn you a ticket or entry to your program’s Grand Prize Drawing.
  • Logging Badge- Earned by logging your reading. 
  • Activity Badge - Earn by completing the required number of activities listed in the badge.
  • Review Badge - Earned by writing a book review. Reviews can be seen by other readers in their program only. Reviews are approved by library staff before they are live.
  • Earned Badge- List of badges you have completed.
  • Rewards - Any prizes a reader has earned are listed.
  • Ticket Drawings - For Read to Me and Children’s programs, readers earn a ticket for each completed badge. The tickets are entries to their program’s Grand Prize Drawing
  • Certificates - Readers in Read to Me and Children programs also earn in a certificate completing  an Activity Badge. Readers can print them off and brag about their accomplishment!