Winter Reading Challenge
Have Even More Fun Reading by Joining Our Winter Reading Challenge!
Mt Lebanon Public Library is joining the County-wide Winter Reading Challenge starting January 4th 2021- February 28th. The Winter Reading Challenge is open to readers of all ages. Earn points by logging your reading time and/or quantity as well as by participating in reading activities.
Readers of all ages, from any library, can participate in the challenge. Participants will log their reading and earn points every time they do. They can log books, minutes, pages or days read. The library will be drawing weekly winners for children, teen and adult categories. We will also have grand prize drawings at the end of the program for each category! All our prizes will focus on Reading and Hygge (winter coziness) fun at home for all ages! In addition to our prizes, the county will provide 10 $25 Visa gift cards as prizes. At the end of February, all participants county-wide who logged reading will be entered into a drawing. The winners will be randomly selected, and all readers will have an equal chance of winning.
Our librarians will be sending out book lists and other fun reading suggestions that will help you meet your activity challenge goals. So, cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate and good book this winter and let’s have fun together!
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 Get Started.
- Click on the purple button marked Find Your School or Library.
- 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.
- Create Username and Password
- Personal Information: First Name and Last Name
- Contact Information: Both email and phone number are optional, but it is recommended that you include email for easy password reset and to be notified if you win a prize.
- You DO NOT need to enter your library card number. 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.
- With either completing or adding a reader profile, you will need to enter age, grade, school and library. You'll also have the option to add a profile picture and receive weekly book recommendations. You will need to select Mt. Lebanon Library as your home library to be eligible for our weekly prize drawings.
How to Sign Up on a Desktop or Laptop Computer:
- Please note: If you used Beanstack in summer 2020 for the Teen or Children’s Summer Reading program, you don’t have to make a new account. Just login and select “challenges” to join the Winter Reading Challenge. Otherwise, follow the instructions below:
- Go to https://carnegielibrary.beanstack.org/reader365
- 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.
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. 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!
Logging can be done on any page with the plus (+) icon at the bottom of the screen.
There are five methods for logging reading. Sign up as an Individual
Reading/activities can be logged through the app, the website, or both! No matter which method you use, you will be eligible for prize drawings.
1. Scan Title ISBN (Requires access to device camera).
2. Manually enter ISBN.
3. Search Recently Logged Titles.
4. Manually enter title info.
5. Log daily reading, minutes, or pages only (title information is optional)
- You have the option to write a review anytime you log minutes.
- Reviews must be between 25-100 words.
- Library staff moderate the reviews before they are publicly posted through Beanstack.
You may also click on the Reviews Badge to write a review at any time.
Logging Your Activities:
- Log into your Beanstack account.
- Scroll down and click on the activity badge you would like to start.
- Check off the activities as you complete them.
Have fun telling stories with your kids! Saturdays @ 11am
Pete's a Pizza - January 23rd
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One rainy day, when Pete can't play, his Dad decides to turn him into a pizza. Have fun acting out this story with us, then create a story of your own! Ages 3 & up and family.
DIY Kamishibai - January 30th
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Kamishibai ("paper play") is a story told on a sequence of oversized cards held in a wood frame, popular in Japan during the 1930's. Sign up and join us for an interactive kamishibai storytime, learn about its cultural origins, and create a mini kamishibai story of your own at home! Ages 6 & up and family.
Create a Story - February 6th
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Telling you own tales is easy and fun! Join us to play some storytelling games and then make a game of your own to play with your family. Ages 4 & up and family.
Be a part of the annual Mock Caldecott Contest with the Mt. Lebanon Library and Mt. Lebanon Elementary schools! Each year the children’s librarians and elementary school librarians pick six books that meet the criteria for the American Library Association’s Caldecott Award (Welcome to the Caldecott Medal Home Page! | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) (ala.org)
We share the books and ask you to vote for your favorite! This year the contest is virtual – watch a video reading of each of the six books, then submit your vote electronically. We will announce the Mt. Lebanon winner shortly before the official ALA announcement on Monday, January 25, 2021.
The books in the program this year are:
Hike by Pete Oswald
A New Green Day by Antionette Portis
You Matter by Christian Robinson
How to find a Bird by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Outside In by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby
Packs: Strength in Numbers by Hannah Sayler
Click the image below to see all videos and voting form:
Friday Evening Book Chat with Librarians Sharon and Sarah
Every week Sharon and Sarah will be discussing books related to the Winter Reading Challenge. Each recorded episode of Book Chat will be included in our newsletter emailed every Friday at 5PM. Not registered for our newsletter yet? Register here to receive these Book Chats and more great Library content all year long!
Virtual Author Visit with Peter Schmitt
Tuesday, January 12 at 7PM.
Peter Schmitt will join us via Zoom to discuss his new poetry collection, Goodybe, Apostrophe.
In Goodbye, Apostrophe, his first new collection in more than a decade, nationally recognized and prize-winning poet Peter Schmitt has assembled nearly fifty poems notable for their range and emotional power. From the hard lessons of childhood to the loss of parents, these poems confront the challenging issues of our time. By turns poignant and funny, elegiac and celebratory, formal and free, the mature work of a poet Richard Wilbur hailed as “one of the strongest talents in his generation” will resonate indelibly with any serious reader of American poetry.
Peter Schmitt is the author of five previous collections of poems: Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books); Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press); and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House). He has received The Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur); The “Discovery”/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher); The Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College); is a two-time recipient of grants from The Florida Arts Council; and was awarded a Fellowship from The Ingram Merrill Foundation. His poems have been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writers Almanac, and his poem, “Packing Plant,” won The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition. His work has appeared in such publications as The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and has been widely anthologized. He has also reviewed poetry and fiction for The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel. A native Miamian, a Westinghouse National Science Talent Search Top 40 selection in high school, he graduated with honors from Amherst, and from The Writers Workshop at The University of Iowa. His part-time jobs have included janitor, forklift operator, freelance journalist and editor, and he started his own business treating disease-susceptible palm trees. Since 1986, he has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami.
Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin
Wednesday Jan 27, 2021 at 7PM
Todd DePastino will present a talk on cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who shot to fame during World War II with grimly realistic cartoons of the life up front. Lesser known are Mauldin’s second and even third acts as one of America’s premier political cartoonists from the last half of the twentieth century, when he traveled to Korea and Vietnam; Israel and Saudi Arabia; Oxford, Mississippi, and Washington, D.C., covering war and peace, civil rights, and the Great Society. Mauldin especially kept close track of American military power, its use and abuse, and the men and women who served in uniform. Todd will discuss this later career as it is captured in a new book, Drawing Fire: The Editorial Cartoons of Bill Mauldin featuring selections from Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library, which has more than 4,500 Mauldin cartoons in its collections. Todd edited the volume, which includes illuminating essays and sidebars from Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw, Jean Schulz and others.
Ten $25 Visa gift cards awarded at the conclusion of the Winter Reading Challenge based on total points (points for reading + activity points). Also, each Mt. Lebanon Public Library Department (Children's, Teen, & Adult) will be giving away a Grand Prize Surprise Bag! The more badges you complete, the greater the chance you'll win!
Weekly Prize Raffles:
The Children's Department will be running weekly random drawings and give out great prizes, such as books, coffee/cocoa & cookie gift cards, puzzles, gardening items, cozy fort building items, games, and crafts!
The Adult Department will also be running weekly random drawings and give out awesome prizes, such as books, board games, Hygge (cozziness) related items, puzzles, hot cocoa, candles, and more!
Children's Book Lists:
Adult Book Lists:
We want to know what’s on YOUR bookshelf! And if you show us, you could win a basket of goodies!!
In 2014, the New York Public Library started Library Shelfie Day as a way for book lovers to flaunt their collections and show their love for books. Held on the fourth Wednesday of January, it has become an annual event around the country.
The idea is to take a selfie in front of a shelf of books—hence “shelfie”--at the library or in front of your own bookshelves and post it on social media on Shelfie Day.
Since COVID isn’t allowing us to welcome groups of people into the library to take images of themselves in front of our shelves, we are asking you to show your love of books by taking a “shelfie” (or ask someone to take your picture) in front of your home bookshelf. You can do the…
- True Shelfie: A selfie of yourself in front of your bookcase
- Posed: Gather the family or kids in front of a bookshelf and snap an image (or have someone take your picture)
- No Fuss, No Muss, Anonymous: Camera shy? An image of your bookshelf all by itself is fine too (although we’d rather see your smiling face!).
- Creative: Re-arrange your books so the titles on the spine spell out a message! Arrange your books into an interesting pattern. Stack those books according to color to create a rainbow. Pile up your to-read books in order of how long they’ve been sitting on your shelf! Or dream up your own fun way of photographing your books and you!
Then share the image on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts (or email to email@example.com) between Wednesday, January 20, and Tuesday night January 26. On January 27--Shelfie Day itself!--we will randomly select and announce winners in four categories: Child (8 and younger), Tween, Teen, Adult, and Family. Each winner will receive a basket of goodies. Please use #LibraryShelfieDay when sharing on social media and let us know what category you are entering your photo for!