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February 22, 2018


Contact: Donna Scott-Martin
301-699-3500, ext. 6152

Libraries Surpass Beanstack 2018 Winter Reading Challenge Goal!

Largo, MD – Can you imagine reading 8 hours a day for 39 years! That’s how many minutes the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) in collaboration with almost 100 libraries in the United States and South Korea had participants accomplish together in just one month! These Beanstack library customers read 84,002 books and nearly 7 million minutes during the first ever Winter Reading Challenge by Beanstack! PGCMLS almost tripled its initial goal of 50,000 minutes to 132,334 minutes, adding to the 2018 Winter Reading Challenge’s overall success!

Together, these libraries far exceeded the 50,000 books and 1 million minutes goal set by Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban in order to claim the billionaire’s donation of $35,000 of which $25,000 went to First Book and $10,000 to top performing libraries and their communities.
“I’m inspired by the work libraries do for their communities,” says Cuban. “The prize for everyone is to pay it forward to an awesome organization [First Book] focused on literacy and access to books.”

The most popular books during the Winter Reading Challenge were as follows:

Preschoolers - Goodnight Moon
Young Students - Harry Potter series
Teens - To Kill a Mockingbird, Everything, Everything and The Only Road
AdultsA Wrinkle in Time and Origin

The 2018 Winter Reading Challenge was coordinated through Beanstack, an innovative software that takes a modern approach to managing reading programs, bringing everything online and making it easy for librarians and readers alike to set up and maintain accounts to track their reading.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution,, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also,
enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media:
Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at

About Beanstack
Beanstack ( is an online platform for local families to participate in reading programs, early literacy initiatives, and book clubs. The service provides tools to track their reading and earn incentives, as well as sending personalized emails or text messages recommending a book or upcoming event. For libraries and schools, Beanstack makes it easy to register patrons, create reading and activity challenges, and produce extensive reports. The entire experience is set apart by the software’s easy usability and customized, mobile-first design. In 2018, Beanstack plans to launch a first-of-its-kind mobile app designed to encourage reading all year long.

About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 350,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need.
Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at For more information, please visit or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.