Summer Reading 2020

This summer we’re inviting you to do something that you love, and spend 20 minutes a day with it. Our summer program, that we are calling Just 20, is based on the Read 20 Minutes a Day initiative in schools, but with a broadened focus.

Over the course of ten weeks, you could decide to read daily, or learn a language, spend time in the garden, whittle, or put your photographs into an album. It’s your choice.

As you may have heard – NPL also has a new online platform for reading and learning. It’s called Beanstack.

Why Beanstack?

Beanstack makes it easy to keep track and log all of your family reading and Just 20 activities. Beanstack’s flexibility to develop and customize library programs will allow NPL to offer reading and learning activities for all ages from preschool to adult, through the summer and beyond.


Getting started with Beanstack

To get started go to the Norwich Public Library’s Beanstack site at: or download the Beanstack Tracker app for iOS or Android.

Register Online:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose “Register an Individual or Family”.
  3. Follow the prompts to register yourself and/or any family members.

Register with App:

  1. Download the Beanstack Tracker app in your app store.
  2. Tap Get Started and select “Yup!” when asked if your library uses Beanstack.
  3. Type “Norwich Public Library.”
  4. Tap “Don’t have an account – sign-up”
  5. Choose a username and password
  6. Enter your name
  7. Follow the prompts to complete registration and add family readers.

Don’t do online?

Let us know by calling 802-649-1184 or emailing us at Staff can sign you up for Summer Reading and provide you with a paper log for keeping track of both your reading and your Just20 minutes.

For more detailed instructions on signing up and using Beanstack online see “A Guide to Beanstack at NPL” (pdf).

Three good reasons to use the Beanstack app:

  1. Scan the books you are reading right into the app using the ISBN
  2. Use the app timer to keep track of reading or Just20 minutes
  3. Families who read together can credit their book to all their Readers’ accounts with one easy click

To view a video about using the app – –Downloading & Using the Beanstack Tracker App made by our friends at the North Richland Hills Library

Current Beanstack Programs: Choose your challenge

Sign-up for a Just 20Challenge just for your age group, from preschool through adult. Log your reading, your Just20 minutes and participate in learning and sharing activities. Challenges may overlap age groups – choose one which most closely aligns with interest.

For ages 16 and over

This Just 20 Challenge offers adults and older teens the opportunity to focus on an interest or passion including, but not limited to, reading; with suggestions for sharing your Just20 progress with the library and community.

For rising 6th graders and up (ages 11-18)

Summer Reading and Learning should be fun and engaging! This Just 20 Challenge is similar to the adult challenge, with content adjusted for teen interests. Tweens may choose between this challenge and Just 20 for Kids.

For ages 5-12

Beat the summer slide! This Just20 Challenge mirrors challenges for older kids and adults but is especially geared for elementary age interests and skills. Children in upper grades may be able to navigate the program on their own, younger children will probably require adult assistance.

For ages 0-5

This Just20 Challenge is for the youngest set, with each badge having fewer activities and with a focus on early childhood literacy. You and your preschooler may choose a simple Just20 to work on for the summer, but it is optional.

Community Links and Connections

Our aim is to both collect your Just20 submissions and publicize them, so we can all see. Perhaps sub-communities can be created between those with similar interests. Let’s find out!

We are still figuring out the way to best curate and share these submissions.

Some of the platforms we will utilize:

Facebook – a gallery for Just 20 photos




YouTube for your Just 20 announcements/declarations


Lists of movie/video

Podcast inspirations


Just 20 Booklists: Children’s and Adult Selections

Each Friday this summer Beth & Lisa will jointly publish a booklist with a focus on a topic or genre for the week, spotlighting diverse ideas and voices. We have many ideas for topics but is there something you would like us to cover? Let us know by emailing us at

Week one: Writing & Journaling

Week two: Science

Week three: Mystery

Week four: Cooking & Baking

Week five: Fitness & Exercise

Week six: Activism & Good Trouble

Week seven: Science Fiction

Week eight: Gardening & Harvest

Week nine: Poetry


What’s on your Nightstand? – Fourth Thursdays at 7pm – 8pm, starting June 25

Reading for a group shouldn’t ever be stressful – and you are doing it anyway! Join Lisa and a rotating group of NPL guest librarians to chat about what you intend to read or are already reading – the good and the not-so-good, fiction and non-fiction. Anything! We will collate a list of titles and publish them on Beanstack and the web the next day. Hope you will join us for this low-key, relaxing hour.

Hamilton Pre-Viewing Social Hour – July 3, 6pm – 7 pm

The Film is dropping July 3!! Join us for an online pre-viewing party via Zoom. Bring a cocktail, so we can raise a glass to freedom. Make an inspired munchie and wear a costume or your Hamilton swag. You’ll get points for each toward a drawing for a Hamilton cake!! Stay with us to chat and watch together or sally forth on your own.

Grab and Go Week of July 6 & week of August 10

In the spirit of summer’s past, we are offering two opportunities to participate in our Grab & Go program. Families are invited to send an email of interest to to reserve the materials. Kits will have some supplies and instructions for a creation.

Geared towards kids 5-10 and limited to one kit per family, pick up will be part of the curbside delivery in our lobby. Pick up details will be included in the confirmation email. The first kit will release the week of July 6 and the second one will be available the week of August 10. Once you create something, we encourage you to share an image to

End of Summer Event: TBD

Every year we host an event in August to thank our patrons for their participation in our summer reading program. We have had performers bring bubbles, a parachute to sit under, and musicians playing fun sing-along songs in our backyard. We don’t yet know what this year’s event will be. We’re not sure if it will be virtual or some sort of modified in-person concert, but we’re thinking of ways to make the experience enjoyable for all of you. Watch this space for more details as the summer progresses.

Thank You to Our Sponsor…

Our program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Norwich Public Library.

…And Our Community Partners
Honey Field Farm | Dan & Whit’s | The Norwich Bookstore | Marion Cross School | Norwich Recreation Department | Norwich Knits