Make plans to join in fun during the 2021 Summer Reading Program. We’re hosting reading challenges for babies, kids, teens, and adults, plus a smattering of activities presented as safely as possible.
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 7 to August 2.
Kids & teens, claim your prizes from June 21 to August 2.
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.
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.
It’s been a hard year for so many of us. Maybe you’d love to offer a helping hand to your neighbors.
We’re offering a repeat of last summer’s successful #CommunityReads program. The Friends of Round Rock Public Library will make a $300 donation to the Round Rock Area Serving Center once we log 1 million points together.
Why summertime learning matters
Summertime learning, particularly through self-directed reading, is an important way to combat 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. Our adult program rewards adults for reading.
Feedback or Suggestions?
We love your suggestions, comments, and offers to help. Please keep in touch!
Friends of the Rock Public Library paid for many of our programs and prizes, including most of the prize books. The Friends will also provide the donation to the Round Rock Area Serving Center if we achieve our #CommunityReads goal of one million points.
The Friends functions as sort of a booster club for the library, extending the library’s impact on the community. We are so grateful for the extraordinary ways they have stepped up this difficult year.
The Texas Commission on the Arts helped us pay the performers for our outdoor concerts.
Fun 2 Learn Code provided free virtual computer program classes for kids during summer (and throughout the school year).
Students from Texas State University Round Rock’s Teacher Education program hosted online math and reading programs.
Whataburger donated certificates for free burgers for our top readers.
Plato’s Closet donated $5 certificates for our top teen readers.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative donated prizes to the kids program.
As we respond to the economic fallout of the COVID19 pandemic, we are especially mindful of the organizations who have long supported Round Rock’s readers.
We thank the sponsors who have stepped this year, and for many years in the past.
- Friends of the Rock Public Library has made this program possible, and is funding the donations we’ll be making to the Round Rock Area Serving Center and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. In sort of a reverse-sponsorship, Friends is also purchasing gift cards from some of the local businesses who have been long-time sponsors of the Summer Reading Program. These gift cards will be used as drawing prizes.
The Friends functions as sort of a booster club for the library, extending the library’s impact on the community. We are so grateful for the extraordinary ways they have stepped up this very unusual year.
- Huntington Learning Center will match the Friends of the Rock Public Library donation to the Round Rock Area Serving Center if we reach our community goal of reading.
- Pedernales Electric Cooperative has provided some offline activities for kids, which the library will distribute as possible.
- Sweet Eats Fruit Farm has provided some passes for children, which the library will distribute as possible.
- Fun 2 Learn Code provides free computer program classes for kids during summer and throughout the school year.
- Texas author P.J. Hoover is providing a free virtual book club for tweens and teens.
- Students from Texas State University Round Rock’s Teacher Education program will host a fun-filled virtual afternoon of math and literacy.
We are leaving our 2019 sponsors visible as an extended thank you. Many of them expressed a willingness to continue supporting the library this summer, but because of the pandemic and the resulting loss of volunteers and in-person gatherings, we could not accommodate their generosity. We are grateful to them for supporting reading in Round Rock!
Thank you for providing programs:
- Austin Community College Hands-on Science
- Central Texas Food Bank
- Favor Delivery
- Friends of the Round Rock Public Library
- Fun 2 Learn Code
- Author Mari Mancusi
- Mathnasium Round Rock
- Primrose School of Round Rock at Forest Creek
- Round Rock Drums
- Spanish Schoolhouse
- Sunlight Media LLC
- Texas Commission on the Arts
Thank you for providing prizes in 2019:
- Chili’s Grill and Bar
- Chuy’s Tex-Mex
- Corner Bakery
- Friends of the Rock Public Library
- Pedernales Electric Cooperative
- Round Rock Donuts
- Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department
- Texas Roadhouse
- Texas Stars Hockey
- Altitude Trampoline Park – Round Rock
- The Austin Aquarium
- The Austin Steam Train Association
- The Austin Zoo
- Austin’s Park & Pizza
- Catch Air Round Rock
- Chaparral Ice
- Corner Bakery
- Dart ‘Em Up
- Friends of the Round Rock Public Library
- HEB Grocery Stores
- Inner Space Cavern
- Mathnasium Round Rock
- Mighty Fine Burgers
- Monster Mini Golf
- Round Rock Express
- Round Rock Honey
- Slap Box Pizza
- Spare Time
Summer Reading Program FAQs
The pandemic and its side effects continue to impact our procedures for the Summer Reading Program. We hope you’ll find the changes a “just-right” fit for this transitional year.
A simple return to 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 from June 21 – Aug. 2. The Book Buck Store is open during regular library hours.
Adults will earn a prize voucher and raffle entry for every 60 points they log, up to 600 points. Adult prize vouchers can be spent in the Friends of Round Rock Public Library Book Nook store.
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 Early Literacy Challenge logs and return them for a small baby-friendly prize.
Our community has been through a rough patch, and we have neighbors who need help. You might not be in a position to help financially, but together the reading community can unlock a $300 donation from Friends of Round Rock Public Library to the Round Rock Area Serving Center.
Our goal is 1 million points.
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 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.
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.
Track your own way
Kids and teens can choose to count either minutes or books, based on the kind of reader they are on any given day. They may choose to earn one point per minute of reading, or 15 points per completed book, every time they record their reading.
Pro tip: Choose the strategy that earns the most points!
Adults will earn 15 points for each book.
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 7 – August 2.
- Reading challenges for babies and toddlers, children, teens, and adults, with prizes for each age group;
- a Community Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults. If our community logs 1 million points in our READSquared tracking software, the Friends of Round Rock Public Library will donate $300 to the Round Rock Serving Center;
- 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 7, 2021.
Readers can begin counting their reading on June 7, and can begin redeeming prizes on June 21.
Child, teen, and adult participants in the Community Reading Challenge may begin counting their reading on June 7.
Our Summer Reading Challenge is still affected by the pandemic, so you’ll notice some holdover policies from 2020, but you may also notice the return of other policies from pre-pandemic times.
The point system (for children, teens, and adults)
Every time children and teens log 300 points, they earn a Book Buck. Book Bucks can be redeemed for prizes from June 21 – Aug. 2.
- A minute of reading counts as a point, or
- An entire book counts as 15 points
- Kids and teens may earn up to 1200 points
Kids and teens have the option of counting either books or minutes, choosing the strategies that offers the most points for the kids of books they read. These 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 Aug. 2.
Adults count YA and adult books, only.
- Each book earns 15 points.
- Every time adults log 60 points, they earn a voucher to spend in the Friends of Round Rock Public Library Book Nook book sale, as well as an entry into a prize drawing.
- Adults complete the program at 600 points.
- Get more information specific to the the Adult Summer Reading Program here.
Tracking your points
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 prize vouchers, to get help entering the hours on the online log.
- June 7: Readers can begin counting the time that they read (or are read to)
- June 21: First possible day to claim a prize
- August 2: 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 21, and continuing through the summer.
Book Bucks may be used to purchase books or prizes.
Adults will win vouchers that can be spent in the Friends of Round Rock Public Library Book Nook.
Babies and toddlers are welcome to participate in an easier program that focuses on the Early Literacy Practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. Caregivers can pick up or download a challenge sheet, complete the challenges, and return it for a small prize.
Something for the community, too
All of our Summer Readers will also be logging points toward a community goal.
Babies and toddlers
Babies and toddlers are welcome in the Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge program.
For the last several years, we’ve offered an additional, simpler challenge through the Babytime and Toddlertime programs.
Although those in-person programs have not yet resumed, the Early Literacy Challenges are back. We invite caregivers and their little ones to enjoy activities together that set a strong foundation for later reading success: reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.
Children and teens
Participants ages 0 – 18 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.
Children and teens complete the program at 1200 points.
What types of reading count?
Adults can earn 15 points per book (this includes print books, eBooks, audiobooks and eAudiobooks).
For your reading log, count only adult or YA books. You may read any books you can access, not just books from RRPL.
Each time you log 60 points, you’ll earn a voucher to spend in the Friends of Round Rock Public Library Book Nook book sale. You’ll also earn an entry into a prize drawing.
Adults complete the program at 600 points.
Can I count time that I spend reading to children?
Yes, reading to children counts as a mission you can choose to complete.
Can I count a book even if I don’t finish it?
The Adult Reading Challenge is based on the honor system. If you feel you have completed enough of a book that it should count, then please count it.
Can I join the program after its official start date?
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 program.
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:
- To connect reading accomplishments to individual users,
- To resolve user-reported issues, and
- To assess the program’s effectiveness
This information includes:
- Some sort of name to identify the user
- 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 Libary 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.