Why is summer reading so important?
Research shows students who don’t engage in learning activities during the summer can get caught in the “summer slide” and 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 few as four to can help students maintain – and even increase – their reading skills during the summer.
How do I use the game card?
Just complete each activity and cross it off! It doesn’t matter what order you go in, as long as you complete five activities to get a prize, then 10 activities to get a free book and entry into a grand prize drawing. Complete all 25 activities for a bonus entry into the grand prize drawing.
Can I track my progress online?
Besides tracking your progress on the printed game card, you can also register
online or through the Beanstack app on your mobile device, available for download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
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?
The game cards offer suggestions to help you choose something exciting to read or a fun activity to complete. You can read books, e-Books, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and even magazines. You can also ask a librarian for inspiration!
Can my Mom/Dad/guardian pick up my prizes or turn in my game card for me?
Although we encourage kids to come in to pick up their prizes, parents and guardians can get prizes or turn in game cards without the child(ren) being present.
Can library volunteers participate in summer reading?
Yes, Summer Reading and regular library volunteers are eligible to participate.
What happens if I lose my game card?
Don’t worry – when you come in the first, fifth, or tenth time, a volunteer or staff member enters your accomplishments into our system. That way, if you accidentally lose your game card, we can get you a new one right where you left off.
What happens if I’m going on vacation for the summer or moving away?
You can participate for any part of Summer Reading (June 11 – August 11). If you know you’re going to be out of the area for most of the Summer Reading program, you may want to track your progress
online or on the Beanstack app instead. You can enter your progress after you register and our library staff will be able to see your progress when you come visit us again. 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 to.
How else can I participate?Every week, kids and young adults can come into any library to participate in a challenge. There will be a new challenge every week, and they may differ from library to library. You’ll be entered into a weekly drawing for a prize. Prizes will be awarded for each age group at every branch, every week of Summer Reading!