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Summer Reading 2021

Introducing Tails and Tales 2021 Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge will run from June 1 through June 30th at all Southeast Oklahoma Library System locations. Look for fun in-person and virtual events throughout the challenge!

We are excited to announce that we now provide a way to sign up for the Summer Reading Program online or via smartphone app with Beanstack! Families can register each family member under one log-in/password; an adult caregiver creates the account and then adds each child who is participating. Tweens and teens can create an individual account and independently record their reading.

Registration Opens May 1st! 

Beanstack for Summer Reading

Beanstack & Beanstack Tracker

With Beanstack, tracking your summer reading has never been easier! Earn digital badges by logging books, tracking reading times or pages read, attending programs, or write reviews for our reading challenges. Readers can keep track of reading logs, progress, and rewards in one easy to use account; earn digital reading badges, receive weekly book recommendations, and even read and write book reviews. The app, Beanstack Tracker, lets you time reading sessions, log books by scanning their ISBN numbers, keep a log of current and past reading, track daily reading stats, and achieve streaks for reading multiple days in a row.

To get started, simply visit your library's Beanstack Page.  You'll probably want to bookmark it for easy access. You only need to register once for an account, then the system remembers you from year to year. Or you can download the free Beanstack Tracker App for your Iphone/iOS or your Android device. You can log your minutes on the app. It will even tell you when it's time to visit your local library to claim a prize! 

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Everyone" group.

May - Take & Make Kits

All Day 5/1 - 5/29
Coal County Public Library
Library Branch: Coal County Public Library
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
May - Take and Make Kits Mother's Day Victorian Cards Snail/Seashell Craft Pipe Cleaner Flower Arrangement Coloring Sheets & Fun Worksheets ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

May Day Flower Baskets

All Day 5/1 - 5/29
Choctaw County Public Library
Library Branch: Choctaw County Public Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
In some areas of the United States, May Day Baskets are made in a celebration of Spring.  Filled with flowers and or candy and set on a neighbor's porch as a small gift. Baskets are provided to take and fill as desired to give away.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

May Take and Make Activity

All Day 5/1 - 5/29
Idabel Public Library
Library Branch: Idabel Public Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
Have fun creating your own unique bookmark!  Everything you need except for glue to create will be in your package with instructions. ...
This event is in the "Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

May Take Home Activity Kit

All Day 5/1 - 5/29
Latimer County Public Library
Library Branch: Latimer County Public Library
Age Group: Toddlers, Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
May Activity Kit A take-home activity kit consisting of crafts and activities for all ages. Napkin Duck Handprint Flower Cootie Catcher Spring Drawing Packet Symmetry/Radical Symmetry - Complete the drawing Wood Slice Orn...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Take and Make Mother's Day Card

05/01/2021 @ 9:00am - 05/30/2021 @ 6:00pm
Idabel Public Library
Library Branch: Idabel Public Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Handmade Mother's Day card with flower inside that can be decorated with sequins. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Take and Make Snail Activity Kit

05/01/2021 @ 9:00am - 05/30/2021 @ 6:00pm
Idabel Public Library
Library Branch: Idabel Public Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Make a springtime snail using paper plates with sequins and google eyes.   ...
This event is in the "Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Dandelion Planter

05/10/2021 @ 9:00am - 05/15/2021 @ 12:00pm
McAlester Public Library
Library Branch: McAlester Public Library
Age Group: Toddlers, Children
Event Details:
One dimensional planter that can be colored and decorated by children. Fake Flowers included. Available while supplies last. ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Picture Frame craft

05/12/2021 @ 9:00am - 05/19/2021 @ 6:00pm
Broken Bow Public Library
Library Branch: Broken Bow Public Library
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
Take and Make craft kit to take home. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Senior Takeaway Kits

11:00am - 11:30am
Mattie Terry Public Library
Library Branch: Mattie Terry Public Library
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Outreach

Arts & Crafts

Event Details:
We will hand out bags with word searches and puzzles along with coloring sheets. ...

Beanstack FAQs

Every time you hit a reading milestone, you'll win a badge-a little digital fist bump to celebrate the quality time your brain and your books have been spending together. Sometimes those milestones will come with real, actual loot from the library-we'll let you know, so you can stop by your local library and claim your sweet reward.

At the top of the page you will see  several links.   

  •  Programs: shows current and upcoming programs available for the Reader (based on age).
  • Badges: shows badges when you have completed achievements in a program.
  • Recommendations: shows events, book lists, and Extra Credits available for the programs.
  • Reviews:  shows the reviews that you and other readers from our library have written.
  • Wish List: shows books the Reader would like to read which are added from book lists.
  • The Log: shows what books (number of books/minutes, title, and author) the Reader has logged.
  • Switch Readers: Allows for easy switching between all Reader’s accounts.
  • Personalize: Edit information, email  notifications, or deactivate a reader’s account.

At the top of each Reader’s account, there is a green “Add to the Log” button. Click on the button when you are ready to log reading or activities. A window will open to allow you to log.

  • If an account has more than one Reader, the first question will ask which account you wish to log under. Choose the appropriate Reader’s account. Then choose whether you are logging reading or an activity.
  • Write the title and author of the book and decide if you want to write a review. This is the only time that you'll be able to write the review.  

Click the green “Log” button and watch for the green band at the bottom of the screen for  successful logging. You only need to hit the log button once! The logging window will remain open after you log your book/time. If you are unsure whether it logged successfully, close the window and click on "The Log" button at the top of the screen to review your logged books/times. 

Click the "Log Reading and Activities" button near the top left.

Select the profile you'd like to log for, then select "Activities."

Choose the learning track you'd like to work on. Each activity in a learning track has its own set of instructions you'll need to follow or questions to answer in order to mark that activity complete.

You can also select "Programs" from the Beanstack menu to select a program you'd like to work on and complete activities from there.

If you didn't add information such as a library card number, age, or grade level for a reader in your family when you registered with Beanstack, it's easy to go back and make changes later.

At log in, make sure the reader whose information you'd like to edit is selected in the top left corner of the screen, and click the "Edit Reader" button.

On the Preferences screen, click "Basic Information" and you'll be taken to a form where you can add, edit, or remove information for the selected reader's profile.

If there are multiple readers associated with your account, be sure to select the correct reader in the top left corner of the screen. Then click "Programs" in the site menu to find and join programs available for the selected reader.

Just click "Edit Reader" (it's right next to your name) and hit "No" under Email Notifications.

Tap that little "gear" button in the top right corner of the screen and hit "Edit Account."