Summer Reading 2021

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Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program for Adults, Teens, and Kids!
Monday, June 7 - Monday, August 9

The more you read, the more points you earn this summer with the Mt. Lebanon Library! Log your reading in the way that makes the most sense for your reading habits: by time, books, or pages (or a mix of all three)! Earn additional points by completing fun challenges. Points qualify you for weekly prize drawings as well as a grand finale prize--the more points you earn, the better your chances to win!

Teens and adults can select which prize they hope to win using virtual raffle tickets. Kids are automatically entered into drawings for age-appropriate prizes. Every child who registers for summer reading can pick up a Registration Bag with a free book inside! Throughout the summer we will be hosting Kids’ Community Read get-togethers on Zoom to talk about the book you picked and do fun activities.

Good luck, and happy reading!

  1. How To Register
  2. Logging Your Reading
  3. Activity Challenges
  4. Adult Programs
  5. Kids Programs
  6. Teen Programs
  7. Book Lists

How to Sign Up on a Desktop or Laptop Computer:

  • Please note: If you used Beanstack in 2020 for the Teen or Children’s Summer Reading program or the 2021 Winter Reading Challenge, you don’t have to make a new account.  Just login and select “challenges” to join the Summer Reading program.  Otherwise, follow the instructions below:
  • Go to
  • Select I am registering myself. Only use this option if you have your own email and do not want to be part of a family account.
  • You will log in and track independently.
  • An individual account can’t be added to an existing family account without losing progress and prizes earned.
  • Need additional help? Watch a tutorial here.

How to Sign Up Children or Families:

  • Select I am an adult registering a child.
  • Everyone in a family can access the account with the same username and password
  • Each member can track progress and earn prizes at their own pace.
  • Each member is automatically enrolled in the right program based on age and grade in the Fall.
  • Adults do not have to sign themselves up to log minutes. You can have just children on the family account.

How to Sign up Adults or Teens:

  • Sign up as individuals, use the reading log to track your reading and gain points, select challenges to gain extra points or book reviews to add a review for extra points. Try the activity challenges (similar to our bingo card challenges) to gain extra points and expand your reading interests!
  • You can log reading to younger family members to earn points and badges!

How to Sign Up on Your Smartphone or Tablet Using the Beanstack Tracker App:

  • Search for Beanstack Tracker on the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Download to your device.
  • Click Let's Go
  • Click on the blue button marked School, Library or Bookstore.
  • Go to Find a Site and search for Carnegie Library Pittsburgh. Tap the library name to get to the login screen.
  • Click on Don’t Have an Account?” Sign Up! to get to the registration screen.
  • Please note: If you used Beanstack in summer 2020 for the Teen or Children’s Summer Reading program or Winter Reading Challenge, you don’t have to make a new account.  Just login and select “challenges” to join the Summer Reading program.  Otherwise, follow the instructions below:
  • Add email and create a password (username is optional)
  • Personal Information: First Name and Last Name and Phone Number and Zip code. 
  • Select Library (You will need to select Mt. Lebanon Library as your home library to be eligible for our weekly prize drawings.) from dropdown menu. Click continue.
  • After the account has been created, there is the option to either Fill Out My Reader Profile (this must be completed if the account holder wants to participate in a reading challenge) or Add A Reader (for a family account with the parent not participating in a reading challenge). You can always update the account profile to participate in challenges or to add additional readers.
  • Enter age. You can add an optional profile picture.  You will be asked to enter a grade level. For adults you will have an adult option.  You have the option to enter a school if appropriate. 
  • Select the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Reading Challenge. Click on the register button. Confirm if prompted and you are now registered! You will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully registered. Please check your spam.
  • You can select an option to receive a book recommendation each week of summer reading. 
  • Your reading profile is complete. You can at this point choose to add another reader.
  • Your Beanstack home screen will allow you to see your reading stats, all your titles that you have logged, all your challenges and reviews. 
  • Select the plus sign to log in your reading, activities or add a book review.
  • When logging your reading the default is by book title, if you would like to change your log in to pages, days or minutes select the three dots in the upper right-hand corner.