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!