Current Service Update

Face masks are strongly recommended for everyone in the Library ages two and older, regardless of vaccination status.

We are open: Mon–Fri: 9am–9pm, Sat: 9am–5pm; Sun: 1pm–5pm

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Reading Programs

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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.

Summer Reading 2022: Build Your Future

Sign up begins Mon, May 2!
Youth Bonus Log begins June 1.
Prizes can be redeemed Wed, Jun 1–Fri, Aug 5

Youth Services

Timed Reading

Birth–Grade 8

Track your reading progress and earn rewards! For every 4 hours of reading, you will earn a reading reward. When you reach 20 hours, you will earn a paperback book and other prizes. If you want to keep reading for a chance to win a Target gift card, we will give you a bonus log, too! *Bonus reading begins June 1.

Early Learning Activities

Birth–entering kindergarten  
Choose between Early Learning Activities or Timed Reading for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and children entering kindergarten. If you are also reading for 1000 Books, sign up for Build Your Future and your reading will count for both programs!

Choose Your Own Goal

Birth–Grade 8  
We want everyone to feel excited when they participate in the Summer Reading Program. 
If you feel more confident with a modified timed reading goal (less time), we are happy to celebrate your goals with you. Plan to use our Choose Your Own Goal paper reading log to track your progress. While your goal will be different, your reading rewards will be the same!

Please visit the Youth Services desk for a Choose Your Own Goal log.

Teens

Entering Grades 9–12 
You will earn prizes along the way as you work toward your goal. If you read beyond your goal, you will earn more chances to win a prize! Track your progress online and earn virtual badges to redeem for prizes at https://helenplum.beanstack.org. Pick up a printed log by visiting the Youth Services Desk or print a log from the link below! *Bonus reading begins June 1.

Adults

Timed or Title Challenge

Earn an entry ticket for every 5 hours of reading or 5 titles read and submit tickets toward a variety of prizes! Track your progress online and earn virtual badges to redeem for prizes at https://helenplum.beanstack.org. Pick up a printed log by visiting the Adult Services Desk or print a log from the link below!

Everyone

Stock the Shelves at The Outreach House with Diapers!Help Helen Plum Library “Build the Future” of Lombard’s youngest in need!

Donation Drop-Off at Helen Plum Library
June 1–30, 2022 

Please drop off items at the Front Desk. Items needed: 

  • Diapers, Size 6
  • Pull-Ups®, Size 4T+
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby hygiene products, including baby wash, lotion, and diaper cream

Other Current Reading Programs

Reading program for children birth–preschool 

Share 1000 books with your child before kindergarten. Keep track of each title read in the book log or track online with Beanstack! For every 100 stories read, your child will earn a reading reward. For more information, stop by Youth Services. 

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.