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Beanstack

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Simple! It's an easy way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you're instantly connected to library reading programs and challenges, so you'll get credit for every minute and every page. We'll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you've earned prizes. When your program ends, you keep your account and your reading history. It's always free and you can keep logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, you won't need to register again—just click on it and you're in!

  • You can check whether you have an account a couple different ways. In the app, look up Wichita Public Library. That will take you to a sign-in screen for our service. Then use the Forgot Password? link with the email address you think you would have used to create an account. You can also call the Library and a staff member will assist you.

  • No. All your books came over from our old tracking system, so we already have an account for you. If you need your login information, give us a call at 261-8500 and we can look it up for you.

  • No. Your 2019 data came over from our old tracking system, so we already have an account created for you. If you need your login information, give us a call at (316) 261-8500 and we can look it up for you.

  • Of course. You can set up as many profiles as you like, for readers of any age. And if you're a parent who reads aloud to more than one kid at a time, you can credit that reading time to multiple children's accounts with a single click—no need to log it in separately for each of your avid listeners.

  • Search for Beanstack where you buy apps (Google Play Store, App Store, etc). It is free to download and use.

  • In the app, tap the "gear" icon at the bottom right and then select Account. The main account holder will be listed. Tap on the name of that person, and then you edit your password.

  • It's so easy! Tap the big plus sign on the bottom menu, and select Reading. You can simply scan the ISBN barcode on the back of your book using your phone. Boom, you're done. Seriously, the Beanstack mobile app makes it that easy. If you want to get fancy, you can also enter the number of pages, minutes, or hours that you read. You can also manually enter the ISBN or Title.

    If the challenge you're participating in uses Activities – like the #ReadICT Reading Challenge or Baby Bookworms – you will tap the big plus sign and choose Activity. The available activities will display on your screen. Choose the category you want to log, and enter your Title.

    Alternatively, you can log your books and activities through the Beanstack website.

  • On the bottom menu, second from the left is your Log. From there, you can see what books, activities, and badges you've completed.

  • Most of our challenges are designed by age. The annual Beanstack Winter Reading Challenge, which takes place in January, is for all ages. You're welcome to sign up for programs that are designed for your age range.

  • In the app, tap the plus sign in the bottom center. Depending on how the challenge is set up, choose Log Reading or Log Activity:

    • #ReadICT Reading Challenge: ReadICT is an activity-based challenge, so you would choose Log Activity. Since the challenge is based on reading a particular category, not just a certain number of books, it is considered an activity.
    • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading-based challenge, so you'd choose Log Reading. The challenge is to read 1000 books, so you will log the books you've read.

    You can also track your reading for fun! If you want to keep track of your reading, choose Log Reading.

  • Beanstack doesn't have the capability to make changes in the app. (Yet!) However, you can now edit your answers using Beanstack in a web browser. Go to the category you wish to edit and click on the Edit Answer button. Or you can call the Library at 261-8500. We will delete the data for a given category so you can log your book in another category.

  • It depends on the challenge. Beanstack doesn't automatically count activities completed as books read, even if the activity is reading a certain book. Therefore, books logged will not count toward an activities challenge like ReadICT.

    If you log books for the Winer Reading Challenge, it will count towards 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and vice versa (if applicable) as they are both reading-based challenges.

    If you participate in ReadICT and the Winter Reading Challenge, you will need to track those programs separately. For Winter Reading, you would enter your books read using Log Reading, and for ReadICT you would log activities through Log Activities.

  • Every time you reach a reading milestone, you'll win a badge–a little, digital fist bump to celebrate the quality time your brain and your books have spent together. Sometimes those milestones will come with real prizes from the Library. We'll let you know so you can come in and claim your reward.

  • Fill out form 247-GS in triplicate, then get a self-addressed, stamped envelope...

    Kidding, kidding. Just click Edit Reader in Beanstack (it's next to your name) and choose "No" under Email Notifications.

  • Easy. At the top right there is a circle with either the initials of you or one of your readers, or a profile picture if you've added one. Tap the circle to get to a list of all your readers.

  • The icon at the bottom, second from the right, is Discover. Tap that icon to get to a list of current and upcoming challenges. There is also a tab to take you to a list of activities if you are registered for an activity-based challenge like ReadICT.

  • We are here to help. Stop by any Library location, call (316) 261-8500, or set up a Book-a-Librarian appointment to get assistance with Beanstack!

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