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Prince William Public Library
Summer Reading 2016

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SUMMER READING NEWS

Be sure to participate in the Weekly Challenges at your branch! Each week, there will be a different challenge based on the theme of the week. The above icons represent a theme of a week. Complete the challenge, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for fabulous coupons and other prizes.

This year's Summer Reading program is simple, fun, and for everyone! We're focusing more on reading, and we're supporting the public schools' summer reading requirements. Our website and handouts will have plenty of information for you.

Each weekly theme is a new way to explore your library and your world by reading, attending exciting events, and participating in Weekly Challenges. You don't have to read by the theme, though—read whatever you like!

 

SUMMER READING FOR KIDS  — Tag us! #PWPLSsummer

 Overview of Summer Reading for kids infants – entering grade 5

Your Summer Reading exploration starts now! Whether it’s taking a trip around the world, heading back through time, or launching into outer space, your Passport is your key to discovery. Tag us! #PWPLSsummer

How to participate:

  1. SIGN UP BEGINNING JUNE 1
  2. Pick up your Passport at any branch beginning June 20.
  3. Come in every week to tell us how you’re working toward your reading goal* 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 on the Summer Reading website and print it out at the end of the program. After five stamps, you receive a brand-new book to keep!
  4. Come in for all nine weeks—every stamp is a chance to win the grand prize drawing.
  5. Participate in a different weekly challenge each week for the chance to win additional coupons and prizes.
    Participant must be present at the library to receive a stamp or a prize.

*How do you determine your reading goal? Either follow your school’s summer reading requirements or work with your parent/caregiver to create a goal. We recommend working with a librarian if you need help. We’re not tracking minutes, books read, chapters, or pages—it’s up to you!

Katy Duck

 

SUMMER READING FOR TEENS — Tag us! #PWPLSsummer

Overview of Summer Reading for teens: entering grades 6 – 12.

Launch your voyage! Visit your library each week, tell us how you achieved your reading goal, and we’ll stamp your Passcard for chances to win grand prizes. Tag us!  Tag us! #PWPLSsummer

How to participate:

  1. SIGN UP BEGINNING JUNE 1
  2. Pick up your Passcard at any branch beginning June 20.
  3. Come in every week to tell us how you’re working toward your reading goal* and we’ll stamp your passport. If you wish to log your books, you can use either our Summer Reading website or one of our paper logs.
  4. With each stamp, you’ll be entered to win grand prizes at your library.
  5. Write a book review and enter it into the Summer Reading website. Every book review is another entry into the grand prize drawing. We might even put your book review on our Goodreads page! Check us out on Goodreads.
  6. Participate in a different challenge each week for the chance to win additional coupons and prizes. Participant must be present at the library to receive a stamp or a prize.

*How do you determine your reading goal? Either follow your school’s summer reading requirements or work with your parent/caregiver to create a goal. We recommend working with a librarian if you need help. We’re not tracking minutes, books read, chapters, or pages—it’s up to you!

 

SUMMER READING FOR ADULTS — Tag us! #PWPLSsummer

Overview of Summer Reading for Adults.

Stay local, read global! Summer reading isn’t just for kids anymore—you can win gift cards for doing something you already love!

  1. Just come to any branch beginning June 20 to pick up your Ticket Sheet, which has nine tear-off tickets. Every week, drop off 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!
  2. The child/parent sets their reading goal.
  3. Participate in a different weekly challenge each week of summer reading for entries in to drawings for partner coupons and giveaways.

 

 

 

FAQ

Why is summer reading so important?

Research shows that students who don’t engage in learning activities during summer can forget what they learned, or slip out of practice during the long summer break. This learning loss is cumulative; those students don’t catch up in the fall because the others are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. Experts agree that reading as few as 4-6 “just right” books–not too hard, not too easy–can help students maintain and even increase their reading skills during the summer months.

How do I determine my reading goal?

If your school has summer reading requirements, that should be your reading goal. If not, then work with your parent/caregiver to create your goal. If you’re not sure, ask a librarian and we can help. We’re not tracking minutes, books read, chapters, or pages—it’s up to you and your parent/caregiver!

What if I go to a private school or I’m homeschooled?

If you don’t go to a public school with summer reading requirements, then work with your teacher, school librarian, or parent/caregiver to create your summer reading goal.

Do kids have to come in for five weeks in a row to get a free book?

No, you just have to come in for five of the nine weeks of summer reading any time between June 20 and August 20—it doesn’t matter which weeks.

Do kids get to choose which book they get?

Yes, every branch will have a selection of picture books, easy readers, and chapter books, both fiction and nonfiction.

Why is this year’s program called “Bookworm Central Explore Summer Reading?”

Bookworm Central, a local book distributor, along with other community partners, have sponsored a large portion of this year’s Summer Reading program, enabling PWPLS to provide free new books for kids ages infant through entering 5th grade.

Why don’t teens get a free book?

With the sponsorship of Bookworm Central, we’ve been able to purchase enough books for infants through kids entering 5th grade, but we don’t have the funding to provide books for all grades. We are able, however, to award two grand prizes per branch valued around $100 each for grades 6—12.

What happens if I lose my Passport or Passcard?

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, we can get you a new one right where you left off. Be advised that we will not be tracking your reading log.

What happened to coupons from businesses?

After surveying and listening to the community, PWPLS decided to get back to its mission of literacy and reinforce its vision of being vibrant, visible and vibrant. Therefore, we reached out to those same businesses to help us support the purchasing of amazing incentives such as a brand-new book for all kid summer reading finishers and grand prizes for teens. Don’t fret; we made sure to collaborate with some community friends such as Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince William County Historic Properties Division and, of course, our ever-supportive Friends of the Library groups.

Can I win prizes if I'm a library volunteer?

Yes, any library volunteer, including Summer Reading volunteers, are eligible to participate in Summer Reading and the Weekly Challenges.

SPONSORS

Naming Sponsor

Bookworm Central 

Major Supporters

 

Foundation 

Summer Partners

Parks Historic Preservation Division 

Grand Prize Sponsor

Apple Federal Credit Union 

Summer Prize Sponsors

IHOP

Manassas Mall

Mayor Harry Parrish, II

The Manassas Law Group, PC

McDonalds

Old Country Buffet

Walmart

Summer Prize Supporters

Bowl America

Carrabbas

Chili's

Discover Scuba

Five Guys

Glamour Nails

Painted Visions Comics

Pei Wei Restaurant

Siam Bistro

Target

Vertical Rock

YoFresh

Olive Garden

Bella Vita Italian Eatery

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