Howard County Library System is challenging the entire county to read 100,000 books in 2018! We know you can do it!
To participate create an account using Beanstack and log each book you read. Each book you log will be added to books logged by others to create a running total as we work toward our goal together! All ages are invited to participate in this year-long challenge. Watch the progress as we go, both in branches and online.
Who can participate in the 100,000 Books Challenge?
Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Howard County is invited to participate. All ages and reading levels are welcome.
How do I participate?
HCLS will be using Beanstack to track the books that are read. To participate in the HCLS 100,000 Book Challenge you must have a Beanstack Account. It is FREE and registration is easy.
How do I sign up for a Beanstack account?
If you are 18 or older, go to hclibrary.beanstack.org and register for your free account.
Parents and guardians may register teens and children by clicking “add reader” and entering the name of the child. Repeat this action for each underage reader in your household.
How do I add the books I read to the total count?
Once your Beanstack account is established, click on the green rectangular button that says “Log Books and Activities” on your account page. When asked “What would you like to log?” select “Books.” Once you add your book to your reading log it will automatically be added to the countywide total.
If there are multiple readers registered to your account, click the “Switch Reader” button to add books to other people’s reading logs. When you click the “switch reader” button, select the appropriate name and enter the books on that person’s reading log. Then click “close,” switch to the next reader and repeat the steps..
Do I need a smartphone, tablet or home computer to participate?
No, you do not have to have one of these devices to be part of the HCLS 100,000 Books Challenge. You can use the Public Access Computers at any HCLS branch to update your Beanstack Reading Log. HCLS staff will be happy to help you with this.
Do audiobooks and ebooks count as a traditional book?
Yes, they do!
Do magazines and newspapers count as a book?
For this challenge, we are only counting completed books. Magazines and newspapers will not be counted as books.
Can I count by the number of pages or minutes read instead?
For this challenge, we are only counting completed books, not pages or minutes read.
Can I read the same book more than once?
Yes, if you have a favorite book that you enjoy reading and rereading, you can log it more than one time. But remember, you can visit any HCLS branch and our Instructors will be happy to help you find a new favorite!
What happens if Howard County reads more than 100,000 books before the end of the year?
If that happens, we will set the bar higher and announce a stretch goal!
Will participants receive prizes?
No, there are no prizes involved with the 100,000 Books Challenge, but HCLS will be offering special surprises to participants throughout the year.
How can I connect with other people who are participating in the HCLS 100,000 Books Challenge?
Use the hashtag #100KBooks on social media to share the book you are reading. Follow HCLS on Twitter and Facebook to track how the Challenge is progressing. Join our HCLS Goodreads Group.