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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Manage Your Reading Life with Beanstack

Not sure which book(s) to check out next? Looking for ways to make reading and learning more exciting? Having trouble keeping track of which titles and series your family has read?

Try Beanstack!

Beanstack is just about the closest you can get to carrying a librarian and a teacher around in your pocket.

Beanstack is a mobile-optimized web application, very easy to use on your phone, which helps you discover children's books, matched to particular interests. All of these recommended books are titles already in the catalog, available for checkout at Fresno County Public Library.

Better yet, Beanstack helps you to find books within specific "learning tracks," or areas of focus, such as "African American Heritage," "Audacious Women & Fearless Females," and "Say NO! to Bullying." The site also provides booklists and allows you to browse books and related activities by themes. For instance, the theme guide for "Pirates" provides a list of pirate-themed books, questions and talking points for different age levels, party ideas, and suggested family activities that relate to the reading theme (ex. family treasure hunt, geocaching, heading to Long John Silvers for a bite).

And if you enjoy tracking your own reading on Goodreads, you'll be happy to know that you can even log your whole family's reading on Beanstack, with each reader earning electronic badges to mark their reading achievements.

You can sign up for a free account at fresnolibrary.beanstack.org.

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