WAUSAU – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology recently awarded a $327,000 discretionary grant to the Wisconsin Valley Library Service for a three-year partnership with Beanstack, a software and app company that customizes local library reading challenges for people of all ages. 

“Libraries across our state are constantly looking for exciting and innovative ways to help their communities remain engaged through a love of reading,” said Wisconsin DPI Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor in a news release. “This platform enhances offerings at our public libraries and allows for continued learning, even while school is not in session.”

With Beanstack, local library users can easily track their reading progress throughout the summer. Because of the grant, Beanstack is available to all 381 public libraries in Wisconsin. 

For more information on Beanstack and summer library programs, contact the WVLS public services consultant Anne Hamland at 715-492-2114 or ahamland@wvls.org.