Help Bedford Earn Bragging Rights! Log your Reading Minutes in March

February 29, 2024

The Bedford Free Public Library is going head-to-head in a bracket-style reading competition with 22 other libraries across Massachusetts in a month-long Minute Madness competition.

And our library needs everyone’s help!

Readers of all ages are asked to join the Bedford Library and log all of the minutes spent reading in any form – books, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, and audiobooks count. All levels and interests are welcome, invited, and encouraged to participate.

Bedford is a much smaller town than other participating libraries, so every minute counts to get Bedford past the first rounds of this just-for-fun tournament.

Listen to an audiobook during your work commute or while walking the dog (library cardholders can listen to audiobooks for free through the Libby app). Students can log minutes spent reading homework assignments. Use March to study a new subject or skill and log the minutes; the library has world language, business, computer programming books, and more. You can even log every minute you spend reading The Bedford Citizen!

Participants do not need to be Bedford residents to credit minutes to the Bedford Library, and there is no charge or cost to enter, so invite friends, families, and coworkers.

The easiest way to credit minutes to the Bedford Library is to log in and sign up through the Beanstack app here: Minutes can be entered through the Beanstack app or by using a timer within Beanstack.

The Friends of the Library are supporting a weekly raffle for kid, teen, and adult participants, with additional virtual badges through Beanstack. There is also some Murphy the Turtle-related swag for kid participants to pick up in the Children’s Room at the Library.

Round 1 of this tournament – the “free for all” round begins on Friday and runs through Thursday, March 7. The top 16 libraries with the most minutes logged by 2 p.m. on March 7 will be assigned a seat and a spot on the single elimination tournament bracket and go head-to-head every week against other libraries through the Championship week, ending April 4. So, keep logging those minutes.

Joining the Minute Madness can be done for free remotely from signing up and logging minutes on Beanstack, to downloading books, magazines, and audiobooks (viewed through the Libby app or sent to an e-reader/Kindle/Nook or tablet), reading newspapers, to finding out more information – even signing up for a Bedford Library card!

And Murphy the Turtle and the rest of the Bedford library crew are happy to see faces stop by with questions, to pick up books and other library materials, or to look for book recommendations.

Happy reading!

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