Summer Reading Challenge Update

As we announced back in early June, we’re trying to raise $10,000 for the building fund this summer, and all you have to do to help is read (and log your hours)! Over 350 people have signed up. Over 230 have started recording hours. We reached our halfway point of 5,000 hours on June 29. We are so excited for how enthusiastic participation has been and appreciate everyone who is participating. But we have to make it to 10,000 hours by July 31 to get the $10,000, so let’s not slow down! And it’s not too late to join us

Besides reading and logging your hours, you can also help us out by posting updates on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #BerryvilleReads10K. Whether you’re logging hours or getting ready to start your reading for the day, snap a selfie or a picture of the book you’re reading or a picture of your pet with a book and post it with the hashtag. It’s a great (and fun) way for us to generate more coverage, reach more people, and add more participants and hours by the end of July.

Another way you can help is by adding book reviews of what you’ve read to Beanstack. We’ve had quite a few book reviews added, and we always enjoy seeing what our patrons are reading.

I’m going to walk you through how to add a review on the app, though it’s a fairly similar process to do so on a computer through a browser.

When I first pull up my Beanstack app, I automatically see my current stats:


From there, click on the giant plus sign and select “Review” to the right:


If you have multiple readers on your account, you will be able to select the reader you’re adding a review for. Then you will also have the option of several ways to search for the title you want to review–scanning the ISBN, searching for titles you’ve already logged, or manually entering a title.

I decided to search for mine and ended up with the log of all the books I’ve entered into Beanstack. I then clicked on the one I wanted to review:


From there, I just had to click “Write Review” and start writing:

When you’re finished, hit “Post.” And voila you have written a review, which you can always access under the Reviews tab of your log!



Have a younger reader in your house?  You can enter picture reviews, too.  Kids can draw a picture or record a short video snippet (30 seconds or less) of them talking about their book and post that.  We haven’t had anyone do that yet, so we are looking for someone brave to try it!

Again, we just need to give a big THANK YOU to all of our friends, near and far, who have been logging hours. Please keep up the good work and tack on some social media promotion and reviews while you’re at it. 🙂

How many hours have you logged for the challenge? What have you been reading this summer? Any questions about how to use Beanstack? Tell us in the comments!

Author: berryvillelibrary

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