BURRILLVILLE – Town residents are invited to help one community library meet its goal of logging 10,000 minutes of reading during the winter months, with a new program that also offers a fun chance to win prizes, and earn virtual badges.

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will launch the Burrillville Reads Community Winter Reading Challenge on Monday, Jan. 4, a virtual reading program for all ages with an ambitious community goal.

Library officials hope that residents can log a total of 10,000 minutes by the deadline of Saturday, Feb. 27.

Using the online platform Beanstack, participants will earn virtual badges for every 60 minutes of reading for up to 10 hours. Individuals and families are invited to register on the platform to start logging their reading.

Beanstack also offers a free tracking app for those who prefer to participate using their phones.

Anyone who logs more than ten hours through the Harrisville library will also be entered into a raffle for the chance to win prizes. Participants can also earn minutes by reading comics, or listening to audio books.

The creative and safe online program offers the facility a way to connect with patrons even at a time of social distancing – and it also provides a fun challenge for residents while other activities are limited.

“We are excited to offer this new virtual program, and are hoping our community reaches our goal of reading over 10,000 minutes,” said library Director Beth Ullucci.

To register, visit https://jmslibrary.beanstack.com/reader365.  Earn up to ten badges, then continue reading to help the library reach its goal.

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