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Beanstack @ JCPL

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Beanstack: Your passport to Reading Adventures at your Library

JCPL is excited to be a part of the Beanstack family!

Beanstack is a website and mobile app which allows individuals and families to track their reading throughout the year and take part in exciting challenges at their library.

This online service will provide participants with the tools to track reading goals and earn badges by completing goals and attending library activities. Users also have the ability to register multiple family members online with one account, providing a fun and free way for the whole family to engage with education all year long.

How to Get Started

To establish an account on Beanstack, follow this link

You only need to register once for an account, then the system remembers you.

Register your whole family under one log-in/password — an adult caregiver creates the account and then adds each child who is participating.

Tweens and teens can create an individual account and independently record their reading.

How to Access Beanstack

On your computer (PC), just go to You’ll probably want to bookmark it for easy access.

On your phone, use the free Beanstack Tracker App for your iPhone/iOS device or your Android device — you can log your minutes on the app, and it even has a timer!

Need help? Please call or stop in! 

To learn more about how to use the Beanstack Tracker app see these video tutorials.


Earn Badges, Win Prizes!

NEW DECEMBER 2021 -- One JCPL Beanstack user each month will be awarded a $25 gift card. The more badges you earn in Beanstack, the better your chances to win! This award is open to all ages.

This is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Rensselaer Library and the Friends of the DeMotte Library.

Beanstack + Monthly Challenges = Fun!

Our challenges change regularly. Check in to see new recommended reading lists and activities to add to your fun of reading. Visit the Beanstack Achievement Badges list to see special badges you can earn all year by reading on specific days.

Beanstack + Winter Reading = Wild!

This winter, patrons of all ages will be able to enter our reading contests and discover new books, while earning chances for the library to receive prizes such as books and author visits.

Beanstack + Summer Reading = Awesome!

This summer, families will be able to track their summer reading using Beanstack's fun, user-friendly app.

Read books, do fun activities, win prizes!

Combat "summer slide" and discover new books!

Sign-ups will start in May, but you can download the Beanstack app now. Visit our summer reading page to learn more.