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.
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.
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.