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What’s new for adults, teens, and children in 2019?

  • June 2, 2015

There’s a lot to love about Summer Reading this year!

Easier family tracking

ReadSquared, our online tracking software, continues to respond to the feedback you’ve given us the past few years. We think you’ll find the program simpler and more intuitive. 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 continue to offer the kids and teens paper logs to help with day-to-day organization at home–whenever it’s convenient, someone can update the online record so everyone can earn prizes.

If online record-keeping is difficult for you, please remember that you’re welcome to use the Library’s computers, free WiFi, and even the helpful teens at the Summer Reading Table to update your online account.

Choices! Oh, the choices!

Motivation is such a personal thing. Our goal is to move kids toward reading for love and curiosity, and we know prizes can be important to some readers on their path to internal motivation.

Thanks for some wonderful sponsors, we can give kids a choice between physical prizes and raffle tickets. Got little readers? Be sure to ask about our little-kid-friendly prizes.

But those aren’t the only choices!

  • 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!
  • Families with little kids who attend Babytime and Toddlertime may prefer our Little Kid Challenge that emphasizes Early Literacy practices.
  • Adults will be able to count a wide variety of reading and community experiences.

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.

 

 

Who can participate in the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • June 1, 2015

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 three age categories:

Please note:

Kids ages 0 – 3 who attend Babytime and Toddlertime may participate in a Little Kid Challenge that emphasizes Early Literacy practices instead of minutes of reading. This program is managed during the Babytime and Toddlertime sessions.

What are the dates of the 2019 Summer Reading Program?

  • May 30, 2015

The Summer Reading Program runs June 5 – August 5, and it includes:

The Reading Challenge counts reading from June 5 – August 5.

Readers may register for the Challenge any time after June 1, 2019.

Readers can begin counting their reading on June 5.

Children and teens may pick up prizes from June 12 through August 5.

The final kids’ raffle drawing, teen raffle, and adult prize drawing is August 6.

 

When do children, teens, and adults earn prizes for reading?

  • May 27, 2015

Children and teens receive a prize after earning 300 points.

A minute of reading counts as a point. However, we want to make sure to award as many points as possible, so we’ve given kids the option of choosing to earn 15 points per book. Kids can switch between counting minutes and counting books throughout the summer, choosing the strategy that offers the most points for the kinds of books they read. 

Participants may earn as many as 2400 points in the program.

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 your child’s points on any specific day, just get the total number of points posted in the easiest way possible so we can hand out prizes. 

Visit the Summer Reading table in the Library’s Gallery to receive prizes or to get help entering the hours on the online log.

Key dates are:

  • June 1: Readers may begin registering for the program
  • June 5: Readers can begin counting the time that they read (or are read to)
  • June 12: First possible day to claim a physical prize
  • August 5: Last day to claim reading prizes

If your little-bitty reader is participating in the Early Literacy Challenge through the Babytime or Toddlertime classes, you may pick up and return logs during class. We’ll draw for prizes twice, first at the beginning of July, and again at the beginning of August. We’ll announce winners in class, and any winners we miss, we’ll notify via email.

The Adult Reading Challenge has a different structure.

Adults earn points through reading and through completing missions. Readers may log their reading online or choose to use a paper log (either one, but not both or a combination).   Readers earn a point for every minute they read a book or an eBook or listen to an audiobook.  Participants will receive 100 points for each completed mission.

300 points earned will count as one entry in our prize drawings.  Participants may earn up to 6,000 points in the adult reading challenge.

Prizes will be drawn at the end of the program. The more reading and challenges completed, the more chances to win a prize!

 

 

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.

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 drawing entry to win prizes.

Can I count time that I spend reading to children?

Yes. One of our Missions is dedicated to reading to kids. Earn up to 500 points by reading to children.

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.

 

Can large groups or daycares attend programs?

  • May 24, 2015

Daycares (with as many as 20 children) are welcome to attend the opening and closing day activities in Prete Plaza, the 9:30 Preschool Storytime or 9:30 Toddlertime programs, and the Friday movies.  No advance notice is required.

However, space is limited for our other programs.  We cannot accommodate large groups, particularly when accommodation will prevent equitable access for the rest of the Library’s service population.

We offer many evening and Saturday programs to give working parents an opportunity to bring their children to our special events.

An alternative option is for a staff member to visit your daycare. Please contact Theresa Faris (512-218-7002) to arrange for a library staff member to visit your facility to present a special storytime or activity, as our staff schedule permits.  Daycares may receive one visit during the summer, and programs will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note we can only visit facilities within the Round Rock city limits or adjacent areas not served by another library.

 

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.