Reading Programs and Recommendations

The Albany Public Library welcomes you to reading challenges throughout the year.  Beanstack is a free online service for City of Albany residents that offers an innovative new way to connect readers of all ages with books, engaging reading activities and reading recommendations. 

It includes book and activity logging, badges and registration for all members of the family under one account.  You can earn digital badges by completing activities, logging books you have read, tracking reading time, attending programs, writing book reviews and more.


There are fun challenges for all ages, YES including Kids and Adults!

1000 Books Before Kindy (0 -5yrs)

Enjoy reading with your little ones! Log reading and earn badges all along the way.

Join us for Rhymetime or Storytime to unlock extra badges. 

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Bookworms  (5-12yrs) - OPEN NOW

Every bookworm needs their brain food. Feed your mind by tracking 9 books you read this year!

  • Earn extra badges by coming to our great programs Lego Club and Reading with Dogs (on hold).
  • Plus earn the Reviews badge by telling us all about what you are reading.

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Mindfulness Challenge (5 to Adult)

Take a deep breath in and out, notice where you are, and how you are feeling. Great job! You are on your way to becoming a more mindful person. Try this challenge and earn 10 new badges as you take some much-needed me time. 

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10 To Try (13+ and Adults)

This is a year-long challenge that asks you to read a book in each of 10 categories, keep track of your reading and share your favorite discoveries with the library.