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2021 Summer Learning - Rise Up & Read: Teens

Teens - Rise Up and Read with Cary Library!

Summertime is both a great time to explore new things that you may not have had time to try during the school year, as well as the perfect chance to dig deeper into areas you already know interest you. With that in mind, we developed our 2021 Summer Learning Program, Teens – Rise Up and Read! This program is way more than just a ‘summer reading program’.  It is full of fun activities to keep you reading, yes, but also writing, creating, learning, exploring, and staying active all summer long. 

The program begins on June 26 and runs through August 28. Prizes will be available beginning Saturday, August 21.  The last day to claim teen prizes is Saturday, September 4, 2021. 

The program is comprised of seven different badges (READ, CREATE, WRITE, MOVE & DO, LISTEN & WATCH, GET TO KNOW LEXINGTON, and EXPLORE BEYOND). Each badge entails ten different suggested activities. Complete any seven of those activities to earn that particular badge! Badges can be completed in any order, so start with what interests you most. You can also hop around and do activities from different badges in any order you wish. There are no set rules as to the order that you do the activities. They are there to provide you with lots of different options for staying engaged all summer long. Visit up at the end of the summer to tell us about what you did and collect a prize!

Have questions? Our Rise Up and Read FAQs might have the answer.

Remember that if you have any questions about the program, you can always contact the Teen Room by emailing lexteen@minlib.net.
 
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Teens – Rise Up and Read is generously sponsored by The Friends of Cary Memorial Library
 
 

Beanstack

Beanstack is the online tracker we use for reading and learning programs here at Cary Library, and you’ll find it at carylibrary.beanstack.org.

If you have ever participated in a summer reading or learning program at Cary Library, you already have a Beanstack account! To participate in the teen program, you must update your grade and age in Beanstack.  Once you have done so, (and you are listed as entering grades 6-12), you will be able to enroll in the 2021 Teen Summer Learning program.  If you are not sure if you already have a Beanstack account, click “Sign In” and then “Recover Username” using your email to avoid creating a duplicate account. Cary Library staff can also help you determine if you already have an account. 

We created a video tutorial for an introduction to using Beanstack for the first time. It can also be a good refresher if you can’t remember how it all works. (Last summer was a long time ago…)

Getting Started with Beanstack

  1. Start by going to carylibrary.beanstack.org
  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 family member’s activities can be tracked separately.

When entering information, be sure to include the grade each person will be entering in the fall.  To participate in the teen program, you must be going into the 6th grade.

Registering for the Teen Summer Learning Program

  1. Go to carylibrary.beanstack.org
  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” to update grade level to the grade each teen will be entering in the fall.

Logging Activities

  1. Sign into your account at carylibrary.beanstack.org
  2. 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”.
  3. You will see the program(s) for which the individual is registered.
  4. Click “Return to this Program”
  5. Click the “Activity Badges” tab to see the available badges.
  6. Click each badge to see its suggested activities.
  7. For each activity completed, click the check box or fill in the text answer as required.

Earning Badges and Prizes

Teens earn badges when they complete any seven of the ten suggested activities. When earned, badges will appear on their account. Badges that have not yet been earned will appear grayed out. All teens who participate by completing activities will earn a free book or some candy at the end of the summer!

Prizes will be available beginning Saturday, August 21.  The last day to claim teen prizes is Saturday, September 4, 2021.