There's a lot to love about Summer Reading this year!
Easier family tracking
ReadSquared, our online tracking software, is helping respond to changes you've requested, including simpler and more intuitive registration for families. Check it out and tell us what you think.
ReadSquared is a simple, mobile-friendly solution that handles families with just one log-in, and you can update your log in large batches. We'll continue to offer the kids 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.
We've also set a larger number of smaller goals for the kids and teens, and added online games and badges to the physical prizes they can earn.
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 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.
But those aren't the only choices!
- Kids can also choose the most appropriate way to track their reading--by books, by minutes, or even a little of both.
- 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.
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:
- Children (ages 0 - 12): Calendar | Reading Log
- Teens (ages 12 - 18): Calendar | Reading Log
- Adults (ages 18 and older): Reading Log
- special activities that invite kids and families to visit the Library and explore ideas and materials, and
- a Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults who are interested in reading for incentives
The Reading Challenge counts reading from June 7 - August 7.
Readers may register for the Challenge any time after June 1, 2017.
Readers can begin counting their reading on June 7.
Children and teens may pick up prizes from June 15 until August 7.
The final kids' raffle drawing, teen raffle, and adult prize drawing is August 8.
Children and teens alternate between unlocking online awards and receiving physical prizes after every 150 points.
A minute of reading counts as a point; kids who prefer to count books instead of minutes earn 15 points per book. 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. 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 7: Readers can begin counting the time that they read (or are read to)
- June 14: First possible day to claim a physical prize
- August 7: 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 they may choose to use a paper log. However, they may not do both. Readers earn 100 points for every hour they read a book or an eBook or listen to an audiobook or an eAudiobook. Participants will receive 500 points for each completed mission.
Every 500 points earned will count as one entry in our prize drawings. Participants may earn up to 10,000 points in the adult reading challenge.
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.
What types of reading count?
Adults can earn 100 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 500 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?
Can I join the program after its official start date?
Can I count reading that I’ve done before the official start date?
We do ask that you count only reading you’ve done within the official dates of the program.
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.
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.
- most programs have age restrictions or guidelines,
- some programs may require pre-registration due to to attendance limits, and
- a program's attendance may not exceed the room's fire code capacity.
And while you're here, maybe you'd like to get a card. Here's how.
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