New library service offers recommendations to kids

Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a new online service called Beanstack, to give free personalized recommendations for books, apps, events and more.

“Beanstack is a natural extension of our commitment to serving families with young kids,” said Leslie Moore, children’s and outreach services manager for the library district.

Beanstack tailors its recommendations by looking at each child’s age, interests, reading level and background, Moore said. It also provides tools to help families and classrooms keep track of what they are reading and earn recognition as they read more.

Every week, kids will get a recommendation for a book in the library’s collection, along with a library relevant program or event. Recommendations are sent with a learning tip by email and are also available via an online profile that families can access anytime.

Kids can track their progress with a reading log and earn fun badges.

Residents of Snohomish and Island counties can sign up and use Beanstack from their home computer, mobile device, or in any of Sno-Isle’s 21 community libraries – including the Mountlake Terrace Library at 23300 58th Avenue West and the Brier Library at 23303 Brier Road. They do not need a library card to get started. Details are available online.

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