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Prince William Public Library
Summer Reading 2018

 

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Children, Young Adults, and Adults
June 11 – August 11, 2018

Your Summer Reading journey begins now! Kids and young adults can register here or at any library branch beginning June 11. Come in regularly to tell us what you're reading and you'll earn awesome prizes! And adults can join in the fun, too—no registration needed.

Be sure to come in each week to participate in the Weekly Challenge for the chance to win even more prizes. Plus, our summer is filled with fun, free events for all ages. Puppet shows, theater, arts and crafts, STEAM, music performances, and much more!

Read on for further details.

KIDS SUMMER READING

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Kids: infants – entering grade 5.

Travel Tips:  

  1. Sign up online or at your local branch beginning June 11.
  2. Pick up your Passport and stamp at any library beginning June 11.
  3. Each time you visit the library, tell us what you're reading and we'll stamp your Passport. If you wish to keep a log of books read, record them on your Passport, ask for a paper log, or enter them online and print it out at the end of the program.
  4. Collect two stamps, and you get a free food coupon (maximum one stamp per day).
  5. When you collect six stamps, you get to pick out a brand-new book to keep!
  6. Collect on the 7th through 9th stamps for entries into a grand prize drawing of a flip laptop.
  7. Participate in a different challenge each week for the chance to win additional coupons and prizes.
  8. Forget your password? Please visit a PWPLS library branch to update your password

Participant must be present at the library to receive a stamp or prize.

FILLABLE READING LOGS

 Summer Reading Log 2017

YOUNG ADULTS SUMMER READING

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Young Adults: Entering grades 6 – 12.

Travel Tips:  

  1. Sign up online or at your local branch beginning June 11.
  2. Pick up your Punch Card and your first punch at any library beginning June 11.
  3. Each time you visit the library, tell us what you're reading and we'll punch your card. Keep a log of books read on your Punch Card or enter them on the Summer Reading website and print it out at the end of the program.
  4. Collect two punches, and you get a free food coupon (maximum one stamp per day).
  5. When you collect six punches, you get a free book!
  6. Collect on the 7th through 9th punches to be entered into the grand prize drawing of an iPad.
  7. Write a book review and enter it online for additional grand prize entries. Check us out on
    goodreads.com
  8. Try weekly challenges for chances to win prizes.
  9. Forget your password? Please visit a PWPLS library branch to update your password.
  10. Come to awesome, free events all summer!

​Participant must be present at the library to receive a punch or prize.

ADULTS SUMMER READING

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Travel Tips:

  1. Just come to any branch beginning June 11 to fill out a ticket with your name, library card number, and the title of a book you've read.
  2. Every time you come into the library, submit a ticket at your local branch to enter to win a Target gift card. One gift card will be awarded at every branch every week during Summer Reading. No registration needed!
  3. Participate in a different challenge each week of summer reading for the chance to win partner coupons and other giveaways.
  4. Need tips on what to read? Check out our staff-written reviews at www.goodreads.com/pwpls.

 

FAQ

Why is summer reading so important?

Research shows students who don’t engage in learning activities during the summer can forget what they learned during the long break. By the end of 6th grade, students who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. Reading as a few as 4-6 books can help students maintain and even increase their reading skills during the summer.

How do I earn a stamp or punch?

You earn one (1) stamp or punch by visiting your library and showing an Explore Summer Reading volunteer or staff member the title you’ve written in your Passport or Punch Card. A visit equals going to one (1) library in the Prince William Public Library System in a 24-hour period.

Do I have to have a library card to participate?

Kids and young adults: You do not have to have a library card to participate in summer reading, even if you’re just visiting for the summer. Adults do have to have a PWPLS library card to participate in adult Summer Reading.

Do I have to read anything in particular?

You can read anything you want! This includes books, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, magazines, etc. You can also use your school’s assigned reading list (or ask a librarian) for inspiration. For kids not yet reading, books you hear in storytime also count.

Can my Mom/Dad/guardian pick up my prizes or get my stamps/punches for me?

No, you must be present to earn a stamp or punch; someone else cannot log your visit for you. In addition, you must be present to pick up your prizes for reading and for the weekly challenges.

Can library volunteers participate in summer reading?

Yes, Explore Summer Reading and regular library volunteers are eligible to participate.

What happens if I lose my Passport or Punch Card?

Don’t worry—every time you come in for a stamp, a volunteer or staff member enters your accomplishments into our system. That way if you accidently lose your Passport or Punch card, we can get you a new one right where you left off. Be advised that we will not be tracking your reading log.

What happens if I’m going on vacation for the summer or moving away?

You can participate for any part of Explore Summer Reading (June 11 – August 11). All you need to do is read and then come visit the library. Even if you’re only here for a week or two, you can make multiple visits to the library. If you’re going to be away the whole time, we suggest you check out the summer reading program of the local library where you’re visiting or moving.

(Young Adults) Why should I write book reviews?

Each review you write will be an extra entry into the young adult grand prize drawing. In addition, for summer reading to count in the middle and high schools, you may be asked to fill out a form or do a small project on the book, and writing a review will help you remember it. And if you write a good review, we may even post it to our Goodreads page!

(PWCS students) What if I’m already participating in my school’s summer reading program?

Prince William County School students (and other public school students where applicable) must meet their own school system’s reading requirements regardless of participation in PWPLS’s Explore Summer Reading. As a courtesy, the reading requirements for PWCS are printed in the Passports and on the paper reading logs.

Forget your password?

Please visit a Prince William Library System branch to update your password.

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