Library Launches Virtual Summer Reading Program

The Hastings Public Library is going digital, launching the annual Summer Reading program online in an effort to reach as many families as possible.

With the new online format, the library is celebrating the theme “Imagine Your Story.”

Registration and participation will be completed through a new online program called Beanstack, a website and downloadable app where readers will be able to track progress, earn badges and complete the Summer Reading Challenge. A valid email address is necessary to register and participate. The HPL website will have an easy access link available for Beanstack, as well as downloadable instructions and online tutorials at Staff will also be available to answer questions via phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

The program is separated into four groups:

·         Kids: Students going into preschool through 2nd grade

·         Tweens: Students going into 3rd through 5th grade

·         Teens: Students going into 6th through 12th grade

·         Adults: Ages 18 and older

There are also options to participate as a family or an individual. The game board and instructions for participation will be available on the HPL website. Packets containing hardcopies of the game board and instructions will be available for pick up at a later date.

The kickoff for the 2020 Summer Reading program will be on June 1 on the HPL Facebook page. All events, crafts and classes have been reimagined in a digital format for the months of June and July. A list of events is available by age group on the HPL website, and registration for events can be done in the calendar section. Events and programs will either be on Facebook or conducted through Zoom. Kits containing supplies for crafts and projects will be constructed for certain events, and will be available for contactless pick up for registered participants.

The goal of the Summer Reading program is to promote literacy skills, provide continued access to books and learning tools, and encourage reading as an enjoyable activity. “Now more than ever before, the Summer Reading program serves an important role,” said Kristy Hruska, librarian at HPL. “As kids are outside the classroom for such an extended period of time. Encouraging families to read this summer is crucial for their success next school year.”

For more information, call the Hastings Public Library at 402-461-2346 or visit the website at

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