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December 28, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, ext. 6152

County Library Takes on Beanstack’s Winter Reading Challenge Sponsored by Shark Tank Personality Mark Cuban


Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System in collaboration with almost 100 libraries in the United States and South Korea have taken on Mark Cuban’s challenge of reading at least one million minutes and 50,000 books in January 2018. If the goal is met during Beanstack’s Winter Reading Challenge, Cuban will donate $25,000 to First Book and $10,000 to top performing libraries and their communities.

 
The Beanstack software platform, from parent company Zoobean, will be used by the libraries to track reader progress in terms of minutes logged and number of books read. “The mission of First Book is well-aligned with the work libraries do, so it’s no surprise that our clients voted to give the prize money to that organization,” commented Zoobean co-founder and Chief Client Success Officer, Jordan Lloyd Bookey. “It is truly an honor to be selected by these libraries,” said First Book’s president, co-founder and CEO Kyle Zimmer.

 
First Book provides affordable brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, sports equipment and snacks to more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. More than 170 million books and educational resources have been distributed by First Book to programs and schools serving children from low-income families, thereby creating equal access to quality education.

 
To participate in this Winter Reading Challenge, visit www.pgcmls.info or click here. Every minute counts, so please join us in advancing literacy in our communities.

 
About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution, Lynda.com, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at www.pgcmls.info.