Winter Reading Challenge

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!

  1. How to Register
  2. Logging Your Reading
  3. Programs
  4. Prizes
  5. Book Lists
  6. Shelfie Day

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
  • 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!