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 telling a Summer Reading volunteer what you are reading. 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 books that are a part of the weekly theme? 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.
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, 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 19 – August 19). 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 to.
(Young Adults) Why should I write book reviews?
Each review you write will be an extra entry into the teen 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?
Participation in Prince William Public Library System’s Explore Summer Reading program and its documentation is also acceptable. However, 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.