Welcome to our FAQ page for Summer Reading!

Below you will find frequently asked questions about Summer Reading at Virginia Public Library, along with some answers! We hope you find this page helpful and easy to follow, but if you still have questions after reading it, give us a call at 218-748-7525 and talk to our Youth Services Librarian.

At the bottom of this page we have some more information about our new Summer Reading logging website, called Beanstack. Scroll down to the music-making monster to learn more!

Where do I sign up for Summer Reading?

 You can sign up here on this page by clicking on the superheroes image above! You can also find the superheroes on our homepage throughout the Summer Reading Program. If you prefer, you can also sign up in the library at the front desk, or Children’s desk. Everyone who signs up for summer reading gets a registration prize – so don’t forget to visit the library to pick yours up!

When does the Summer Reading Program start?

 Our Summer Reading Program at Virginia Public Library starts on May 28th and runs until August 2nd. You can keep track of the minutes that you read between these dates, and you will win prizes based on your reading!

When can I start tracking reading for Summer Reading?

 While you can sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting May 20th, you should not log your books until May 28th – which is the official start of the reading program. If you log your reading before May 28th they will not count toward earning prizes – so save your tracking until May 28th!

Can I track reading without a computer?

 Although not recommended, you can keep track of your reading by writing it down on our paper logs. You must remember to bring in your list to the library so we can add your reading to your online account. We keep track of prizes solely through our online system – so to make sure you win prizes, make sure to log your reading with a librarian, or in your online account!

How do I win prizes from my school?

 If you attend Parkview Learning Center (K-2nd grade), Roosevelt Elementary, or Marquette Catholic School, your teachers and principals have partnered with Virginia Public Library so you can earn prizes when you return to school in September!

There are two important things you need to do to make sure you earn these prizes:

1. Sign up using the grade you will be in for September 2019

When you are signing up for Summer Reading, make sure you pick the grade you are going into in September 2019. Your grade in September is important because your school will get your name for prizes, but if you pick last year’s grade your name might get lost. Feel free to confirm your grade (and school) with the library at any time during Summer Reading.

2. Log your minutes read online

It’s also important to log your minutes online because we use our online system to track what prizes you earn. When you have reached 600 minutes read, you will receive a badge to confirm you have won your school’s prizes. We have handouts available at the library to show you how much you have to read to earn certain prizes (based on grade level and school recommendations). Please visit the library to find out more.

Make sure you log all your reading between the dates of May 28th and August 2nd. If you are unsure whether you have reached this goal visit the library or give us a call – we can check this for you at any time.

How do I win prizes from the St. Louis County Fair?

 If you are a child in 1st – 6th grade you qualify to win free coupons for the St. Louis County Fair! The fair sets reading goals, and if you meet them you can win a variety of tickets. To earn the prizes, keep track of your reading online, and the badges you earn will notify you if you have won a fair prize.

Here is a handy chart showing when you qualify for fair prizes:

Read 200 minutes = free soda at the fair

Read 400 minutes = free hot dog at the fair

Read 800 minutes = free pass to enter the fair

Read 1,000 minutes = free amusement ride at the fair

While all 1st – 6th graders qualify for these prizes, you do not have to take the tickets if you are not attending the fair. We do not receive the fair tickets until July 8th – so if you earn tickets before then you can keep reading and pick up all the tickets you’ve earned starting in July!

The St. Louis County Fair dates for this year are July 31st – August 4th. If you have more questions about the fair, please visit their website.

When can I pick up my prizes?

 Our new summer reading online software (called Beanstack) makes it very easy to know when you earn prizes! Any time a badge appears it will tell you what prizes you earned, based on how many minutes you’ve logged. You may pick up prizes at any time during summer reading. There is one exception to this – if you want to pick up any St. Louis County Fair prizes you must wait until July 8th to pick them up. Please see the question about the St. Louis County Fair for more details.

Please note that if you want to pick up summer reading prizes, the last day to receive them is August 30th.

How do I find out about summer events at the library?

 There are a number of ways to see what’s happening next at the Virginia Public Library. You can follow the Virginia Public Library on Facebook where we post about events coming up (and you can share with interested people). You can also pick up a Summer Reading Brochure at the library which lists all of our Summer Reading events, challenges, and other helpful information. Lastly, you can visit our webpage and click on the “Library Events” tab to see our calendar of events – including Summer Reading events!

Is there Storytime in Summer?

Yes! Our Summer Reading brochure includes several storytime events which are listed as Storytime & Craft. These storytimes are all on Tuesdays and will be held in the library auditorium at 10:30am. These storytimes will start with stories, songs, and other activities, and will finish with a take-home craft and free play time. Storytimes are recommended for children from infants to Preschoolers and their families. Please see our Summer Reading Brochure for the storytime event dates, or talk to the Youth Services Librarian!

How do I know when I am done with Summer Reading?

Our new Summer Reading platform does not have a definite end or goal to reach. Instead, you can choose how much you want to read, or how many prizes you want to win! Many people read to earn school prizes, or fair prizes (see the Fair and School prize questions for details). If you are a super achiever you could even try to read for the “super reader” bonus prize, which is set at 3,000 minutes read. You can choose how much you want to read, and what prizes you want to earn.

Can I participate in Summer Reading if I have fines?

 Yes, you can! If you are a child or teen who has fines on your card but wants to read books for the Summer Reading Program you can still check out books to read. For more details about how this works, please talk to Stephanie in the Children’s Room or give her a call at 218-748-7525.

When is the last day to log books for Summer Reading?

The last day of the Summer Reading Program, and the last day to log reading, is August 2nd. If you want to claim any prizes based on reading, you MUST log the minutes you have read by this date.

More About Beanstack:

We are using a new service to track summer reading this year through a company called Beanstack. We hope you enjoy a more streamlined and user friendly way to track reading through this site! To find Beanstack, click on the superheroes image and the link will direct you to Beanstack. Here are some features you might want to know about:

1. One Account – One Sign-Up

That’s right – once you sign up with Beanstack you will never have to register for a reading program from scratch again! Beanstack saves what you have read, so you can look back next summer and see what books you read last year. You also don’t need to create new log-ins and passwords – your account stays with Beanstack until you decide to stop.

2. Family Accounts

Are you an adult keeping track of multiple children’s books? Consider using a family account to keep track! You only need one log-in to access all your children’s book records, and you can add books to multiple children’s logs at once. Questions? See a librarian to talk about other helpful features to make summer reading easier for you!

3. Badges and Prizes

Want to know what prizes you could win? The Badges tab will allow you to see what badges you have earned, and what badges you can still win! You get to decide how many prizes and badges you want to win – there is no required number of badges you must earn. If you go to the Rewards tab you can see all the potential prizes you can win – remember that you do not have to earn them all to “finish” the program.

4. Reviews

If you want to share your thoughts about any books you’ve read during summer reading, click on the reviews tab and write away! You could even upload a picture review if you prefer drawing or photography. Your reviews could be featured on the front page of the Summer Reading Program! Complete 5 reviews and you will earn a bonus prize from the library.