Receive book and app recommendations, matched to your child’s age and interests, delivered weekly to your inbox.
Howard County Library System now offers customers access to Beanstack, an online portal that provides free personalized recommendations of children’s books and apps. The new, online service is free to all customers with a HCLS library card. Customers can SIGN UP HERE and use Beanstack from their home computer, mobile device, or in any of the Library’s six branch locations.
Beanstack is an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational apps that match each child’s specific age, interests, reading level, and background. The service is powered by children’s curation company Zoobean and gives HCLS access to a database using over 1,600 unique tags to help patrons find the right books and apps based on a child’s individual profile..
HCLS customers can now sign up and use Beanstack from their home computer, mobile device, or in any of the Library’s six branch locations. Every week, a book in the library’s collection will be suggested specifically for each registered child based on the information customers provide in their online profile. Recommendations are sent by email and are also available via an online profile that families can access anytime. In addition, each recommendation is accompanied by a learning guide containing helpful tips, background information, and activities to encourage engagement and critical thinking.
Once a child’s profile is created, customers will receive a weekly email that recommends a book from HCLS’s collection based on the information provided in the profile. Each recommendation is accompanied by a learning guide that contains helpful tips, background information, and activities to encourage engagement and critical thinking. A direct link is provided in the weekly email that enables customers to both view the availability of the book within the HCLS collection and request it for pickup at their local branch. In addition to email, recommendations are also available to families anytime via the online profile.
Beanstack is offered and managed by Zoobean, Inc., which uses a proprietary search engine combining the expertise of human curators, who are themselves instructors and educators, with data science to provide personalized recommendations to every child.