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Hastings Public Library

Summer Reading

Oceans of Possibilities

2022's Summer Reading Challenge is Here!

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 Oceans of PossibilitiesCheck out the Calendar for
Summer Reading Events in June and July

Many fun events are planned including a foam party with Stormy the Magician, a visit with real Marvel Comics artist Jerry Decaire, music with Sue Picking, all about beekeeping and events all about the ocean with Mr. Jim and Dr. Ellen Prager, chief scientist for the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL.

All reading challenges are tracked through our online portal hosted by Beanstack.
Here everyone can track reading, activities completed and enter prize drawings. Parents, you can manage all readers' logs in one place and log family reading time in one entry.
Teens and other adults can create and manage accounts too!

The process is simple:

  1. Register you and/or your children on Beanstack (see video help below).
    1. If you created a Beanstack account for for an earlier reading program you still need to sign in and enroll in the Summer Reading program.
  2. Log Reading & Activities online or with the companion app (see video help below).
  3. Earn badges and rewards, plus enter for prize drawings.
There is also an app for iOS and Android so you can track progress wherever you are.
Go to your app store to download. Click the buttons below or search for Beanstack in your store.
Apple Store     Google Play Store

Book Bundles

Interested in the library staff picking some books for you? Fill out the forms below and we will pull three - four books in your chosen categories that you can pick up. We will fill requests for children, teens and adults!

Kids Book Bundle Request Form

Adult/Teen Book Bundle Request Form

Book Discussion

Join fellow patrons on Facebook to discuss what you are reading. Check out the Reader's Rendevous:

"Hastings Public Library's virtual reader's group. Like a book club, but cooler! Open to patrons and non-patrons alike - all are welcome."

How-To Videos for using Beanstack

Note some are generic and/or reflect older programs but the processes are still the same.

Register online

Log Reading - One Person

Log Reading - Multiple people

Log Activities

Use the App

Download the app for your device from your App Store:  Apple Store logo   Google Play Store logo

NOTE: These video links are not specific to the Hastings Public Library but show the basics of using the app. Some features may not be available.

How to Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge

How to Log Activities

How to Log Past Reading

How to Use the Reading Timer

Have Questions?

We will respond as soon as possible but it may take up to two business days.

Message/Text TEXT US at 269-818-8590

Email EMAIL US at

Phone CALL US at 269-945-4263

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Location & Hours

Main Branch
Hastings Public Library
227 E. State St., Hastings, MI 49058

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Phone: 269-945-4263
Fax: 269-948-3874

Library & Drive-thru Hours (effective June 14, 2021):

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
  • Friday: 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 3pm

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