Summer Reading Program

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Make plans to join in the fun during the 2022 Summer Reading Program. We’re hosting reading challenges and activities for babies, kids, teens, and adults.

Read. Read. Read. 

There’s a Summer Reading Challenge for every age. Earn prizes with our mobile-friendly software–it’s easier than ever to register families together and to update several individual reading logs at the same time.  Register and track your reading from June 6 to August 1.  Kids & teens, claim your prizes from June 13 – August 1.

Try something new 

Reading is one of many ways we learn. Engage with special programs and performers to meet new people, think new thoughts, and sample new skills. 

Get curious 

Summer is a unique season when many people, particularly those in school, have extra unstructured time to explore their own interests. The Library applauds self-directed discovery and has a wealth of materials and friendly helpers to support explorers on their journeys. 

Why summertime learning matters

Summertime learning, particularly through self-directed reading, is an important way to combat the summer slide. Help your kids maintain–or even improve–their hard-won reading skills with regular visits to the library this summer. And model reading by reading to them, and letting them see you read, too.

Feedback or Suggestions? 

We love your suggestions, comments, and offers to help. Please keep in touch! 

2022 Sponsors

Summer Reading Program FAQs 2022

Track your own way

All participating readers can choose to count either minutes or books, based on the kind of reader you are on any given day.

You may choose to earn one point per minute of reading, or 15 points per completed book.

You are welcome to switch back and forth between books and minutes all summer long. 

Pro tip: Choose the strategy that earns the most points!

Babies and toddlers are welcome to opt for a low-key program that emphasizes the Early Literacy Practices (reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing). Caregivers can complete the Baby & Toddler Challenge paper logs and return them for a small baby-friendly prize.

Easier family tracking

ReadSquared, our online tracking software, continues to respond to the feedback you’ve given us the past few years. This year’s version of the app is a big leap forward. We think you’ll find it easier and more intuitive to log your reading points.

Check it out and tell us what you think.

There is no need for frequent log-ins. You can update your log in large batches, and enter as many points as you need on any day. Take it easy, keep it simple–we only need the total points earned and the total missions completed, so don’t worry about getting the dates right. 

We’ll offer a downloadable paper log to help with day-to-day organization between log-ins. Whenever it’s convenient, someone can update the online record.

If online record-keeping is difficult for you, please remember that you’re welcome to bring a device here and use the Library’s free WiFi, and there may be volunteers available at a Summer Reading Table to help, too.

Prizes

Children and teens will earn a Book Buck for every 300 points they log, up to 1200 points.

Book Bucks can be used to purchase books or prizes in a small Book Buck Store beginning June 13. The Book Buck Store is open during regular library hours.

Adults will earn a Book Nook Voucher for every 300 points they log, up to 1200 points. Exchange your Book Nook Voucher at one of the Friends of the Round Rock Library Book Nook used book sale spaces during regular library hours.

Library cards for everyone

In May 2015, the Round Rock City Council removed non-residence fees for Library users. Any Texas resident aged 6 and older may receive a library card, including individuals who live outside the city limits. Applicants younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to receive their card.

Learn more about getting a library card here.

Anyone can participate in this summer’s events and reading challenges; no Round Rock Public Library card is required, although you are welcome to apply for one.

Readers may choose to participate in one of the four age categories:

The Summer Reading Challenges runs June 6 – August 1.

It includes:

  • Reading or activity challenges for babies and toddlers, children, teens, and adults, with prizes for each age group; 
  • Special missions that encourage good deeds, neighborliness, and using library materials–find them in the online reading software; 
  • Special activities that invite kids and families to interact with the library

Readers may register for the Challenge beginning June 6, 2022.

Readers can begin counting their reading on June 6, and can begin redeeming prizes on June 13.

Child, teen, and adult participants in the Community Reading Challenge may begin counting their reading on June 6.

The point system (for children, teens, and adults)

Every time children and teens log 300 points, they earn a prize certificate. Kids and teens earn Book Bucks, and Adults earn Book Nook Vouchers.  

  • A minute of reading counts as a point, or
  • An entire book counts as 15 points
  • Readers may earn up to 1200 points

Readers have the option of counting either books or minutes, choosing the strategies that earn them most points. Readers are welcome to switch between minutes and points throughout the summer.

Feel free to track points at home with a paper log, and then update the point totals online when it’s convenient. Prizes are awarded based on the online log. The last day to update the online log and claim any prizes is August 1.

Tracking your points

Reading can be tracked online or via a paper log, but prizes will be given based on the online log. 

We believe in low-stress summers, so please keep it simple when you update the online log–don’t worry about entering points on any specific day, just get the total number of points posted in the easiest way possible so we can give you your prizes.  

Visit the Summer Reading table to receive your Book Bucks or Book Nook Vouchers. Our teen volunteers may also be able to help you enter your points into the online log. 

Key dates:

  • June 6: Readers can begin counting the time that they read (or are read to) 
  • June 13: First possible day to claim a prize 
  • August 1: Last day to claim reading prizes 

What you’ll win

Children and teens will earn a Book Buck every time they complete 300 points.

They can spend their Book Bucks at the Book Buck Store beginning June 13, and continuing through August 1. 

Book Bucks may be used to purchase books or prizes.

Adults will earn a Book Nook Voucher every time they complete 300 points.

They can spend their Book Nook Vouchers at the Friends of the Round Rock Public Library Book Nook used bookstore beginning June 13, and continuing through the summer. 

Vouchers may be used to purchase anything in the Book Nook store. The Book Nook has two locations inside the library. Materials for children and teens are on the Book Nook shelves on the first floor next to the staircase. Items for adults are in the upstairs Book Nook, between the staircase and the Main Street side of the building.

Caregivers completing the Baby & Toddler Challenge may exchange their completed activity sheet for a small prize at the Summer Reading Table June 16 – August 1. 

Children, teens, and adults

Readers may read or listen to any type of written content.  This includes books, eBooks, magazines, online content, and any sort of printed or digital content  from the Library or from other sources. (Yes, that includes cereal boxes!)

Did you know that listening to someone read is great exercise for your brain, no matter how old you are and how well you can read? Because of this, please be sure to count the minutes you listen to audiobooks, listen to content from our databases, and listen to someone read aloud.

Readers complete the challenge at 1200 points.

Can I count time that I spend reading to children?

Yes.

Can I join the reading challenge after its official start date?

Yes.

Can I count reading that I’ve done before the official start date?

We ask that you count only reading you’ve done within the official dates of the challenge.

Yes! As of May 2015, any Texas resident aged 6 and up is welcome to get a Round Rock Library card at no additional charge; the city residency restrictions of past years have been removed.

Proof of current address and a photo ID are required. To get a library card for a minor, the parent or guardian must be present to sign the card agreement.

Click here to learn more about getting a library card.

The Library has contracted with ReadSquared to provide an online logging system for the Summer Reading Challenge. (Here’s an FAQ about ReadSquared security)

The Library collects information that allows staff to accomplish three goals:

  1. To connect reading accomplishments to individual users,
  2. To resolve user-reported issues, and
  3. To assess the program’s effectiveness

This information includes:

  • Some sort of name to identify the user. NOTE: You are not required to use your real name. Feel free to use initials or  a nickname, as long as you can remember what you used. Staff will not have any way to figure it out the name you chose if you do not remember it.
  • Contact information so staff can:
    — Notify users about prizes,
    — Resolve issues users may have complained about, including resetting forgotten passwords, and
    — Ask for feedback in the form of an optional survey
  • General statistical information that allows Library staff to assess overall trends in participation. This information includes the ages and school attendance patterns of participants, which helps staff determine whether outreach efforts are effective

Information is limited to these purposes, and is not shared or distributed.

Data on ReadSquared is stored encrypted on secured servers and is viewed by ReadSquared only for issue resolution or training for the Round Rock Public Library.

See the ReadSquared privacy policy for more information.

ReadSquared’s privacy policy refers to its clients–in this case, Round Rock Public Library–as “your reading program sponsor.” ReadSquared does not determine which the information the Library collects. To learn more about the information the Library collects and how it is used, please read our FAQ on the topic.

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