Q: How do I sign up?
A: You can register your child(ren) at the Children’s Desk downstairs in the library or through READsquared, starting June 15th.
Q: Can I register online?
A: Yes! New this year, we’re partnering with READsquared to offer online registration and tracking for ALL AGES! Paper tracking options are available for those that wish to utilize them over online tracking.
Q: Why read during the summer?
A: On average, children lose about two months (!) worth of learning over the summer if they don’t read. It’s nicknamed the “Summer Slide” and can accumulate over the years. That means that by middle school, if a child doesn’t work to retain what they’ve learned, they could be more than 2 years behind their classmates! The good news is: Summer Slide can be prevented! Reading (for enjoyment!) just 20 minutes a day helps children retain what they’ve learned throughout the school year and helps them to start their fall semester more successful. This is especially important this year as students will be away from their classrooms longer.
Reading isn’t the only way to beat the summer slide: try cooking, planting a garden or listening to audio books!
Q: Can I complete the program more than once?
A: No. Each participant may only complete their program once over the course of the summer.
Q: Do we need to be present to win the prize drawings?
A: No. We will do random prize drawings throughout the summer for all those who are registered. If you win, you will be notified and that prize will be combined with the prizes you earn in our “End of Summer Reading Prize Bag,” available for pickup once the program ends.
Q: When do prizes need to be picked up by?
A: To encourage social distancing, prizes cannot be picked up during the program. As you earn (or win!) prizes, librarians will add them to a bag with your name on it that will be available to pick up at the conclusion of the program.