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2014 Summer Reading Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about the Round Rock Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program? Look here!

General Questions |Library & Library Card Questions
 Ages 0 - 11Ages 12 - 18 | Storytimes and Special Events | Online Log Help

General Questions

Q: What are the themes this year?
A:  We are celebrating science this summer! Our themes are:
Birth to age 12 – “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
Teens 12-17 – “Spark a Reaction”

Q: What's new for 2014?
A: Everyone will be logging hours online with our new eVanced software. Register here.

Once again, our goal is to help kids build a regular habit of reading. However, once kids have demonstrated that habit for 40 days, they will be invited to join a program that lets them count minutes to win raffle prizes.

And, thanks to our generous donors, we are able to offer prizes to all children, not just children who hold RRPL cards.

Teen readers will continue to count their time and earn prizes for every 5 hours of reading.

Q:  Who can participate in the Summer Reading Program?
A:  Any child or teen can join the program by completing our online registration and logging any reading they complete beginning June 1.

Q: When can we register for the Summer Reading Program?
A: Fizz! Boom! Read! -- you may register any time until July 26, 2014.

Spark a Reaction: you may register any time until Aug. 4, 2014.

Q: When can we begin logging our reading?
A: Count any reading completed between June 1 and Aug. 4.

Q: Do we have to write a book review when we log our reading?
A: No. We are only counting days of reading. If you and your child enjoy writing reviews, you are welcome to do so, but writing reviews is a strictly optional activity.

Q: When is the last day to claim a prize?
A: Aug. 4, 2014

Library and Library Card Questions

Q: Do I need a library card to participate?
A: No. Any child may participate. If you would like to take library materials home, or check out digital materials, you will need a library card.

Click here to learn more about getting a library card.

And we also extend a special, free library card to all RRISD students for the summer months! To claim your free summer card, have a guardian present proof of address at to one of our service desks.

Q: When can kids get the free RRISD cards?
A: Students who live outside Round Rock's city limits but who are enrolled or about to enroll in a Round Rock Independent School District school may receive a free library card good for May 15 – August 15.

To receive an RRISD card, a student's legal guardian must present proof of address at one of the library's service desks.

Q: Can 5-year-olds get the RRISD cards?
A: Yes.

Q: Where is the library, and when are you open?
A: Find us in downtown Round Rock at 216 E. Main St. Our hours are:

9 am. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday*
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday - Saturday
1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
*Please note, the library opens at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

Children's Reading Program (Birth through age 11)

Q: When can readers start to count their reading?
A: Readers may start counting on June 1.

  • Q: How do we use the new children's logs?
    A: All official recordkeeping will be through eVanced, our new online log system--click here to find it.

Online Reading Log FAQs

You are welcome to track your reading any way you like at home, but to keep lines short, please have your online log up to date before you come to claim a prize.

You can log on at home, or at the library. If you do not have Interet access outside of the library, please know the library has Internet-connected computers available for your use, and also free WiFi available for your devices.

Q: Does listening to audiobooks count?
A: Yes.

Q:  When can readers collect their incentives?  
A:  Readers may receive incentives whenever they complete 10 days of reading. Your online log will let you know when you've earned a prize.

Because the reading program is built on the habit of daily reading, prizes can only be claimed after the correct number of days have passed.

June  1: Readers can begin counting days of reading.
June 10: First possible day to claim a prize for 10 days of reading
June 20: First possible day to claim a prize for 20 days of reading
June 30: First possible day to claim a prize for 30 days of reading
July 10: First possible day to claim a prize for 40 days of reading*
August 4:
Last day to claim reading prizes

*One of the prizes for 40 days of reading is entry into a minute-counting program, the Advanced Readers Club. Earn raffle tickets for every 5 hours of reading you complete!

Q:  Does coming to the Library's storytimes count?
A:  Yes, listening to someone read counts towards each day's 20-minute goal.

Q: When is the End-of-Summer Reading finale?
A: We will mark the last day of Summer Reading--Aug. 4--with splash mobs in the Sharon Prete Plaza fountains during the day, and an evening performance of Cinderella by Don Harms' marionettes.

Teen Reading Program

Q: Which program is right for 12-year-olds?
A: Twelve-year-olds should sign up for the Teen program.

Q: How do we use the new teen logs?
A: All official recordkeeping will be through our new online system, available here. You are welcome to track your reading any way you like at home, but to keep lines short, please have your online log up to date before you come to claim a prize.

You can log on at home, or at the library. If you do not have Interet access outside of the library, please know the library has Internet-connected computers available for your use, and also free WiFi available for your devices.

Online log FAQs

Q: When can readers register for the program? 
A: Spark a Reaction readers may register until Aug. 4, 2014.

Q: When can readers begin counting hours?
A: Count all hours read June 1 - Aug 4, 2014. 

Q: When can readers collect their incentives?
A: Beginning June 10, readers may receive incentives whenever they complete 5 hours. Your online log will let you know when you've earned a prize.

Q: What is the last day readers can claim a prize? 
A: No incentives will be given after the program ends Aug. 4.

Storytimes and Special Performances

Q: Can people attend the storytimes and special programs without having a library card?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there limits to the number of people who can attend the library's programs?
A: Yes. All programs in the library's meeting rooms must abide by fire code regulations.

Some of our special performances draw very large crowds; we recommend guests arrive up to 30 minutes early for those programs. When possible, we try to offer second performances for our most popular shows; we have found that the second performances usually have smaller crowds, increasing the odds that all guests will be admitted.

Q: Do I need to preregister to attend programs?
A: Most of our programs do not require preregistration, unless you are bringing six or more kids (see next question). Check our online calendar to learn about each specific program--if there is no mention or tickets or registration, then we will admit appropriately aged children until the program or room hits its capacity.  

Q: May I bring a groups or daycares to programs?
A: Groups of six or more must always call or e-mail to inquire about bringing groups to our programs. Please contact either Youth Services Manager, Janette Johnston (512-218-7002) or the person listed as the contact for the program. We will accommodate groups when possible.

Q: How important are the age recommendations?
A: PLEASE observe the age recommendations on the calendar. Our goal is to offer a variety of programs for children of all ages, with a special emphasis on elementary-aged students. We do try to offer the broadest reasonable age range for a particular event. Children who are too young or too old for an event may cause overcrowding, while inappropriately aged children may create distractions that challenge the presenter/performer as he tries to connect with the targeted age group.  


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