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2021 Summer Learning - Rise Up & Read: Adults

Adult Summer Learning

Rise Up & Read! with Cary Library

Have fun and keep reading all summer long by completing reading challenges to earn a $5 gift card to Rancatore's Ice Cream (limit 3 prizes per contestant).

The program begins on June 26 and runs through August 28. You must email to claim a prize. Prizes may be claimed until Saturday, September 4.

Rise Up & Read! is sponsored by the Friends of Cary Library.

Prizes are generously provided by the Friends of Cary Library.


Adult Summer Program

Rise Up & Read with Cary Library! Have fun and keep reading all summer long by completing challenges to earn a prize.  

Read 5 books within a category to earn each badge and the prize that comes with it! We have provided plenty of books and genres for you to choose from. In tribute to our past years’ bingo format, we provide a “free space” that allows you to read any title related to a challenge. Badges can be completed in any order, so start with what interests you most or what you’re most curious about. Most titles are available in print and digital formats.

Track progress online in your Beanstack account.

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Beanstack is the online tracker we are now using for summer learning programs. You’ll find it at

If you or a family member have ever participated in any of the children's or teen summer learning programs, you may already have a Beanstack account. If so, be sure to make any updates to your account, then enroll in the 2021 Adult Summer Learning program. Not sure?  Click “Sign In” and “Recover Username” or contact the library to avoid creating a duplicate account.

Watch our video tutorial for an introduction to using Beanstack.


  1. Go to           
  2. Scroll down the page and click on the “Register an Individual or Family” button.    
  3. Follow the prompts to create an account. Multiple readers may be registered within the same account, so each person can be tracked separately.        
  4. After the first person is entered, the program will ask if you wish to register another person. Click yes if you would like to add more.    


  1. Go to        
  2. Scroll down, click on “Sign in Here,” and sign in.    
  3. In the upper left corner of the page, you’ll see which account you are currently viewing. To change to a different reader, click on the reader’s name and select “Change Readers.”      
  4. Choose the reader you wish to register. Returning users, click “Edit Reader” if you need to make any changes.
  5. You will see the Adult – Rise Up & Read! Summer Learning Program.   
  6. Repeat for any additional people.


  1. Sign into your account at        
  2. In the upper left corner of the page, you’ll see your account. To change to a different reader, click on the reader’s name and select “Change Readers”.    
  3. Click the “Activity Badges” tab to see the available badges.    
  4. Click each badge to see its suggested activities (e.g. read 5 books of Black Voices).    
  5. For each activity completed, click the check box.    


Participants earn badges when they read any 5 of the suggested titles. When earned, badges will appear on their account. Badges that have not yet been earned will appear grayed out. Once you complete a badge, email to claim your prize. Prizes will be sent by email as they are earned.

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Reading Lists

There are currently many challenges. More may be added throughout the summer. We currently feature...

  • Asian Voices
  • Biography/Memoir
  • Black Voices
  • Books That Became Movies
  • Books Your Kids Are Talking About
  • Classics
  • Comics
  • Cooking Books
  • Fantasy
  • Folklore
  • Historical Fiction
  • History
  • Humor/Commentary (Non-fiction)
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science (Non-fiction)
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Staff Picks!
  • Steampunk
  • Travel Books
  • Variety Pack

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