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Beanstack is an online platform and app that allows us to add a bit of fun to our reading by earning digital badges and achievements (and sometimes real-life prizes) by reading and taking part in challenges and activities.
You can sign up for Beanstack at any time to:
While you can access any of these features all year round and there are challenges which can be completed at any time. There will also be special fun limited-time challenges with different themes added by our library team to add even more spice to your reading throughout the year.
Beanstack can be accessed using a computer at westlib.beanstack.org or by downloading the app to your phone or tablet.
Ages 5-13 years
Join in our Summer Reading Challenge between the 13th of November 2023 and the 1st of February 2024. It is super easy just:
Dig into a good book this summer!
Log the minutes you read and complete fun activities to earn badges throughout the summer holidays.
Complete the challenge to be in the draw to win prizes!
Want some help getting signed up? Check out our fun video to help you sign up for Beanstack here!
How do I log minutes in Beanstack? Check out this video for some tips and tricks.
Can't do the challenge online? You can download a paper version of the challenge here.
Log your reading over the Spring months to earn a new set of colourful badges.
1 September 2023 to 31 November 2023
The days are getting longer and the temperature is finally starting to rise so it's time to put away those winter woollies and Spring into Reading!
Ages 0-6 years
One thousand books? That seems like way too many, right? Not at all. You got this. It doesn't matter if your child is three, or just three months - there's no better time to start than now!
Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, promotes bonding, and helps kids do well overall in school. Take that motivation, open one book, and get started. And remember, 1000 is just a number. The goal is to work reading aloud into your regular routine and let the magic of stories do the rest.
Challenge yourself to read beyond what you can imagine!
Stretch your reading skills and explore new genres, or specific types of books. Expanding what you read can strengthen your reading comprehension and spark your imagination! Read new books and complete activities to earn badges.