Beanstack Challenge: Celebrating Indigenous Voices

celebrating indigenous voices

November has arrived and with it National Native American Heritage Month and the Thanksgiving holiday. One of the best ways to celebrate is to listen to and honor Indigenous voices. Recently, the City of Gainesville unveiled a sign honoring the Potano people and acknowledging the city as part of their ancestral land in front of city hall on Indigenous Peoples' Day. Depicted as a people of the past for so long, many Indigenous people and cultures remain and thrive today. We hope, through this Beanstack challenge and other programs this month, to spread awareness of a long unacknowledged history and to celebrate Indigenous voices through works of literature, art, activism, and more. 

This challenge runs Nov. 1-Nov. 30 and is split by grade levels, similar to our annual Summer with the Library challenges.

  • Celebrate Indigenous Voices: Pre-K to 5 Grade
  • Celebrate Indigenous Voices: 6 to 12 Grade

To participate, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to our Beanstack page or open the Beanstack app on your mobile phone or tablet.
  2. To create an account, click on "Register an Individual or Family."
  3. If you already have an account, sign in, then register for the challenge on the landing page.
  4. If you haven't already downloaded the free Beanstack app (which is amazing and we highly recommend), open the Android or Apple app store and search "Beanstack Tracker."

Once the challenge begins, you can check out book lists of recommended reading written by and about Indigenous people, log your reading time, explore museum exhibits, podcasts, and more! The library will also be hosting two live Book Talks on the subject, one for middle-grade readers and one for YA, which will be linked to under the "Community" badge in Beanstack.

Find book lists for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade here.

Find book lists for sixth through 12th grade here.

Did you know that on top of participating in this challenge, you can add friends in Beanstack and earn streaks and achievements too? Check it out and let us know if you have any questions! You can reach our Youth Services Department at 352-334-3941 or by email at

By MadisonS on November 4, 2021