Summer Reading Program

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Summer Fun for Everyone - June 6 through July 31

Whether you are a kid, teen, or adult, you can participate in a reading program for your age group. Why should you participate? In addition to the pleasure you receive from reading a good book, you may also earn prizes!  

Registration will begin on May 30th. Participants can choose to use Beanstack (online or through the Beanstack app) or visit any Garland Library for a paper Tails or Tales activity card.

Age Groups:
Birth to PreK
Kindergarten – 6th grade
7th – 12th grade

Activity Cards

  • All participants will receive an activity card that is designed for their age group.
  • Complete 3 rows of Tails or Tales and turn in your card at any Garland Library
  • Each card completed is 1 entry into one of four prize drawings for a $50 dollar gift card. 
  • We will draw a name from each age group every two weeks.
  • In addition to the bi-weekly prizes, each age group will also have registration prizes and completion prizes.  


  • When you finish an activity, cross off that square.
  • Complete 5 squares in a row (across, down, or diagonally) for a T-A-I-L-S or T-A-L-E-S.
  • Cross off 3 rows to complete an activity card.
  • You can track your activities on this activity card, using the Beanstack website or app, or over the phone.
  • You can continue to complete more activities and earn prize drawing entries.
  • Last day to turn in activity card is 07/31/21.


  • When you complete 3 TAILS or TALES return your activity card at any Garland Library to receive an age-appropriate prize.
  • You can continue to complete more activities and earn prize drawing entries.
  • Every two weeks there will be prize drawings for each age group.
  • Prizes are while supplies last.

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If you would like to track your activities online, visit the Library’s Beanstack page (
If you already have a Beanstack account with the Garland Library you do not need to create a new account.

Welcome to our Beanstack reading challenge site.  Here you can create an account for yourself and for your children.  Once created, you can start logging your summer reading challenges to earn badges and entries in the prize drawings.

  • Choose the registration option that’s right for you (Family, Individual or Group) and create an account.
  • Select the reading challenge for your age group.
  • Beginning June 6, enter your activities to cross off squares and earn prizes!

Beanstack App

  • Search for "Beanstack" in your app store or marketplace and download the app
  • Say yes to "Does your school or library use beanstack?"
  • Enter "Garland" when prompted for your location
  • Choose "Nicholson Memorial Library System" from the list
  • Create an account or enter your email and password

What does "Share Code" mean?
Share codes give you the ability to link your account to a profile that someone else set up. 

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