Current COVID-19 Update

The library building is open for limited in-person services. Patrons can pick up holds, visit our service desks for quick reference and reader’s advisory services, access the self-serve copy machine located at the front of the building, browse and check out materials. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two years. Computer usage and research are suspended until further notice. Click here for more information on currently available services.

Click here for Plum Pickup Service.

Reading Programs

Reading Programs header showing a mom and daughter reading

Reading Fun for All Ages

No matter your age, we’ve got a reading program for you! Find out more about our year-round and seasonal reading programs below.

Anyone with a Helen Plum Library card or who is a student in a Lombard school is eligible to sign up.

Current Reading Programs

Track Your Reading Online

We are excited to offer Beanstack, a reading log app. Track your reading program progress online and earn virtual badges to redeem for prizes. Get started by grabbing your library card and clicking the Beanstack button below.

Perks of Using Beanstack

  • Never worry about losing a paper log!
  • Parents can create a family account, where each reader participates in the program for their age group.
  • Access your account on the go using the Beanstack Tracker app.

Getting Started

Download on Appstore

Download on Google Play

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Sign on your Beanstack account with your username and password. This will be the same account you used for any previous reading programs. To reset your password, click here.

Still having trouble signing in? Email us!
Families, Children and Teens: youthservices@helenplum.org
Adults: askalibrarian@helenplum.org

All of the programs a reader is eligible for will appear on your welcome screen. Click “Register for this Challenge” and start reading! Be sure to do this for all the readers on your account.

• On the Beanstack website: Readers in your account will appear in a drop-down box on the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
• On the Beanstack Tracker app: Select the icon in the upper right-hand corner. From there, select Readers.

All participants will register on Beanstack, but can track their progress in the app or download a PDF log to print:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten PDF log
School Year Reading Program (contains 2 logs)