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Prince William Public Library
Summer Reading 2017

 

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Children, Young Adults, and Adults
June 19 – August 19, 2017

Your Summer Reading journey begins now! Kids and young adults can register here or at any library branch beginning June 19. 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 19.
  2. Pick up your Passport at any branch beginning June 19.
  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. Come back for up to nine stamps for nine entries into a grand prize drawing for a flipbook 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 19.
  2. Pick up your Punch Card at any branch beginning June 19.
  3. Each time you visit the library, tell us what you're reading and we'll punch your card. If you wish to keep a log of books read, ask for a paper log 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 more free food!
  6. Come back for up to nine punches for nine entries into grand prize drawings: one prize worth $100 will be given away at each library branch, plus we’ll be giving away a Beats™ by Dre Pill+.
  7. Write a book review and enter it online. Every 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.com
  8. Participate in a different challenge each week for the chance to win additional coupons and prizes.
  9. Forget your password? Please visit a PWPLS library branch to update your password

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

WEEKLY CHALLENGES

June 19 – August 19

For each of the nine weeks of Summer Reading, kids, young adults, and adults can come in to any library to participate in a challenge or contest matching the theme of the week. 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!

 
Virginia Week: June 19 – June 25
Flight Week: June 26 – July 2
Folklore Week: July 3 – July 9
I Spy Week: July 10 – July 16
Music Week: July 17 – July 23
Maker Week: July 24 – July 30
Pets Week: July 31 – August 6
Heroes Week: August 7 – August 13
Universe Week: August 14 – August 19

  

ADULTS SUMMER READING

Tag us! #PWPLSsummer 

Travel Tips:

  1. Just come to any branch beginning June 19 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 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.

SUMMER EVENTS

EXPLORE MAGAZINE

Summer Explore

Click on a calendar day to view all the programs for that day.

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Events This Month:

 

 
AbercrombieAll American SteakhouseBarnes & NobleBella Vita
Chili'sIHOPLaw Office of Christopher WalkerManassas Mall
Old Country BuffetOlive GardenRuby Tuesday2nd & Charles
Siam BistroTargetTropical Smoothie CaféWalmart
PWC Employees Credit Union

 

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