FAQ – Summer Reading

 

When can I sign up?

Anytime starting Tuesday, June 4th. If you miss this day, you can join anytime during the summer. Just make sure it’s before the reading program ends.

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My child is too young to read by him/herself. Can he/she still participate?

Yes, children as young as birth to age 4 can be read to by adults or older siblings (children). The Read-Aloud level is especially for your young child; it comes with a Read-Aloud Chart with 30 pictures for your child to color in whenever you or someone else reads aloud a book to your child.

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I have a 7 year old. What reading program is there for him/her?

We have the Junior Reading Level for children ages 5-9 years; it comes with a Junior Reading Log with options for reading, doing activities or both. A child may earn up to 150 points.

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I have a 10 year old. What reading program is there for him/her?

We have the Tween Reading Level for youth ages 10-12 years; it comes with a Tween Reading Log with options for reading, doing activities or both. A tween may earn up to 150 points.

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The Junior and Tween Reading Logs have lots of activities. Does my child or student have to do one of each?

Your child or student may do any combination of activities listed on the logs. This includes choosing not to do some of the activities. For example, one activity is to “Read a Book.” Therefore, they may read books to complete the entire reading log to earn points and not do any other activity listed.

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I have a teenager. What reading program is there for him/her?

We have the Teen Reading Level for teens ages 13-18 years; it comes with a Teen Reading Log requiring teens to read for time in 7-hour increments (7, 14, 21, and 28).

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The Teen Reading log requires teens to read for time. Does that mean they have to read only books?

No. Teens who enjoy reading magazines (online or paper), graphic novels and graphic non-fiction, instruction manuals, and newspapers (online or paper) can count time for those too–just be sure to keep track of the time spent reading!

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Do we have to read library books?

We prefer that you and your child or teen read library books! Yet, we want to encourage reading, so please read what books you and they may have.

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We won’t be able to attend the local library events. Can we still participate?

Yes, the reading logs are picked up at each library regardless of whether or not you or your children/teens can attend events. Although, on both the Junior and Tween Reading Logs there is an activity listed about attending library events, for which, your child/tween may earn points.

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When my child or teen finishes all the requirements of the reading log, what do we do next?

Please return the completed reading chart or log to your local public library.

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Will my child or teen earn prizes for reading?

Yes, we are extremely fortunate to have many local businesses as sponsors of the countywide summer reading program.

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Is it necessary for my child or teen to be present in the library when the completed reading log is turned in for prizes?

Yes. We will only give the prizes to parents or caregivers when it is impractical to bring the winning child to the Library in person. NOTE: Reading prizes do have age ranges for redemption on them.

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We can’t use all the reading prizes–is it okay to give them away or sell them?

Please know that all the summer reading sponsor coupons, passes, tickets, vouchers are non-transferable, not for sale, and may not be photocopied. We take this very seriously. If your child won’t be using the reading prize, simply don’t take it, or return it to the library. We are very thankful for our countywide sponsors and value their continued support.

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When is the last day to turn in the reading forms for prizes?

The Summer Reading Program ends at the end of business hours Saturday, August 10th. We regret that completed reading forms returned in library book drops cannot be redeemed. Please check library for hours of operation on Saturday, August 10th.

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My child or teen likes to read a lot. Are they allowed to do more than one reading log during the summer?

No, we ask that youth who participate and complete the reading requirements only do one reading log during the summer. We encourage those readers that like to finish quickly to pace themselves; and if they do finish early, to keep going back to the library to borrow and read more books and keep attending all the wonderful educational and entertainment events at the local libraries.