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The North Dakota State Library is offering two reading challenges for North Dakota residents starting February 1.

  • Black History Month: Learn more about Black history, celebrate Black authors and illustrators, and explore Black history through the arts. Log your reading and activities throughout the month to earn badges. This reading challenge is for all ages.
  • For the Love of Reading: Fall in love with reading this February! Warm your heart with exciting stories all month long, and don't forget to log your reading to earn new badges throughout the challenge. This reading challenge is for all ages.

"We are so excited to be able to offer this service to ND citizens! It's such an easy and fun way to track your reading," says Literacy Specialist Lexi Whitehorn. "By using the app, participants can track their reading from anywhere at any time and challenge friends and family to a read-a-thon and keep track with the in-app leaderboard. Beanstack makes it so easy to track. My personal favorite part comes at the end of the year when I can look back and see just how many books I actually read that year."

To register, all you need is a library card from the North Dakota State Library or your local public library. Sign up today at https://librarynd.beanstack.org/reader365 or on the Beanstack app (available on IOS and Android).

"The North Dakota State Library is committed to enriching people’s lives by providing access to materials that support personal enrichment and lifelong learning," says State Librarian Mary Soucie. "The Beanstack challenges are one way that we achieve this goal by encouraging people to read more often, in targeted focus areas that they may not be as familiar with, and to have some fun by earning digital badges as they complete the challenges."

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant LS-252477-OLS-22.

For more information, please contact the State Library at 701-328-4622 | 800-472-2104 statelib@nd.gov.

For additional information, contact:           
Marketing Specialist BreAnne Meier at ndslpa@nd.gov or           
Literacy Specialist Lexi Whitehorn at awhitehorn@nd.gov.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit https://imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About ND State Library

The North Dakota Library provides pathways to information and innovation for Dakota's libraries, state government, and residents by providing leadership to the library community, enhancing the value of libraries, delivering access to and assistance with credible information sources, enriching the lives of the people we serve, and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. 

For more information, visit: https://library.nd.gov.

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