Beanstack Literacy Tool

The California State Library and California Library Association have partnered to provide every California public library jurisdiction with a subscription to the Beanstack platform [beanstack.com] at no charge. This Beanstack offer is for three years and is for the premium service level. Libraries are welcome to sign on at any time during this period.

Whether you plan to use Beanstack this summer, are already a Beanstack client, or intend to use the software after the summer season, we strongly encourage you to complete the Beanstack registration form by Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm:

Beanstack Registration Form

Please ensure there is only one entry submitted for your library jurisdiction.

If you are new to Beanstack and setting up for Summer 2020: You can expect to hear from a Beanstack representative with next steps by Friday, May 15th.

If you are an existing client of Beanstack your service will continue without any interruption or change in features. Beanstack will be in touch over the next 90 days with additional information about a prorated refund. For administrative purposes we do request that you fill out the Beanstack registration form.

This partnership uses CARES Act funding, made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), to make it easier than ever for jurisdictions statewide to run summer reading (and other reading) programs in their communities.

The Beanstack platform makes it easy for library patrons to register, track reading and activities, and earn incentives while libraries gain data-driven insights that help show their value in the community. For more information on the Beanstack platform, please visit: https://www.beanstack.com/.  Information on how to sign up with Beanstack can be found below.

We realize there are several excellent summer reading platforms to choose from. If your library is using another summer reading platform there is no obligation to change plans. 

If after reviewing the frequently asked questions below, and filling out the Beanstack form, you have questions or would like additional information, please be in touch! Contact summeratyourlibrary@cla-net.org.


Frequently Asked Questions:

 

My library uses a summer reading platform different than Beanstack. Do we need to do anything?
No! We realize there are several excellent summer reading platforms to choose from. If your library is using another summer reading platform there is no obligation to change plans.

Can our library wait until a future time to sign on with Beanstack?
Yes, this Beanstack offer is for three years. Libraries can sign on at any time during this period.

What level of Beanstack services is the State Library supplying to California public libraries?
California libraries will enjoy Beanstack at the Premium level for a period of three years. 

If I am already a paying Beanstack client, is there anything I need to do at this time?
No. Your service will continue without any interruption or change in features. Beanstack will be in touch over the next 90 days with additional information. For administrative purposes we do request that you fill out this brief form.

If I am already a paying Beanstack client, will any type of refund be provided?
Yes. The Beanstack team is still processing the new statewide license with California and has a number of administrative items to first complete. This will include prorated refunds to existing clients. You’ll hear from Beanstack over the next 90 days regarding next steps. You can be assured that any refund will be retroactively applied with clear detail. 

Our library plans to use Beanstack this summer, but we missed (or are going to miss) the May 13th deadline to sign up. Is it too late to get started?
It is not too late. Please go ahead and fill out the form as soon as you are able. Beanstack will be in touch with you to discuss your timeline and set-up once the form is submitted. 

How do I learn more about the Beanstack reading platform?
For information about Beanstack and its service please visit: https://www.beanstack.com/