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What’s new for adults, teens, and children in 2020?

  • June 2, 2015

The pandemic and its side effects have impacted the way we can run the Summer Reading Program. We hope you’ll find the changes a “just-right” fit for this unusual year.

Community-focused prizes

One big change this summer is an emphasis on community-mindedness. We will tracking the point total for our reading community, and if we achieve 1 million points, the Friends of Round Rock Public Library will donate $500 to be split between the Round Rock Area Serving Center and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. #CommunityLove

There will be a few individual prizes. The Friends will purchase gift cards from some of our local small businesses who have been long-time supporters of the Summer Reading Program. These gift cards will be distributed through a prize drawing. #OurTurnToGiveBack

And readers who earn 1,000 points will receive a Book Nook Book Buck, to purchase an item in the Friends’ ongoing book sale when the library is open.

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. 

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. We are unable to use volunteers this summer, but you can contact us through the ReadSquared program or app and we will help you as quickly as we are able.

Set your own goals

It’s been a year of limited choices and autonomy, but not in the Summer Reading Challenge. You get to decide what is a reasonable goal for yourself.

You can use our suggested goal of 1,000 points, or choose any other number. 

Track you own way

Kids can choose the most appropriate way to track their reading, 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 helps your child earn the most points!

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.

 

What are the dates of the 2020 Community Reading Challenge?

  • May 30, 2015

The Community Reading Challenges runs June 1 – August 1.

It includes:

The Reading Challenge counts reading from June 1 – August 1.

Readers may register for the Challenge any time after June 1, 2020.

Readers can begin counting their reading on June 1.

How do prizes work this year?

  • May 27, 2015

The pandemic and its side effects have restructured the program you may have known from past years.

To counter some of the pain in our community, we are redirecting most of our prize resources back into the community. 

You can help by joining the Community Reading Challenge, setting your own reading goals for summer, and helping us log 1 million points by August 1. 

If we achieve 1 million points, the Friends of Round Rock Public Library will donate $500, to be divided between the Round Rock Serving Center and the Williamson County Regional Animal Clinic.

#WeAllWinTogether

Aren’t there any individual prizes?

We do have a few community-minded individual prizes:

For every 300 points you log, you’ll receive an entry into the drawing. The prizes are gift cards purchased by the Friends to various local businesses who have been longtime, steadfast supporters of the Summer Reading Program.

#OurTurnToGiveBack  #SupportLocalBusinesses

When you acheive 1,000 points, you will receive a Book Nook Buck, redeemable for one item from the Friends Book Nook sale. You’ll be able to spend the Book Nook Buck when the library building is open.

 

What kinds of reading and listening can be counted for the Reading Challenge?

  • May 26, 2015

Children

Participants 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.

Each 300 points counts as one entry in a prize drawing. 1,000 points earns a Book Nook Buck to spend in the ongoing Friends of Round Rock Public Library book sale. And if all of us log 1 million points together, the Friends will split a $500 donation between the Round Rock Serving Center and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. #AllTogether

Adults

What types of reading count?

Adults can earn 60 points per hour reading print books or eBooks, or by listening to audiobooks and eAudiobooks. For your reading log, count only adult or YA books. Books do not need to be checked out from the library to count.

Each 300 points counts as one entry in a prize drawing. 1,000 points earns a Book Nook Buck to spend in the ongoing Friends of Round Rock Public Library book sale. And if all of us log 1 million points together, the Friends will split a $500 donation between the Round Rock Serving Center and the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. #AllTogether

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 the time that I spend reading a book even if I don’t finish it?

Yes.

Can I join the program 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 program.

I don’t live within the City limits–is there a library card for me?

  • May 25, 2015

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.

 

Privacy concerns: What information does the Library collect, and how is it used?

  • May 1, 2015

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:

  1. Some sort of name to identify the user
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Privacy concerns: How secure is the information stored on ReadSquared?

  • May 1, 2015

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.