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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Summer Reading Program
Question: Why should I sign-up my child?
Answer: Reading is an important skill that your child will use for the rest of her/his life. Encouraging the love of reading is a priceless foundation you are building to support your child's education. It is fun and your child will receive FREE books for reading! Your child can pick out a FREE book after reading 500, 1000, and 1500 minutes!
Question: Do I have to sign up for the Summer Reading Program to attend events?
Answer: No, Library events are free and open for everyone. However, some programs are for specific age groups.
Question: Do I have to read library books?
Answer: No, any book, magazine, newspaper or even web page can be counted.
Question: If I read a book to my child more than once, can I track those minutes?
Answer: Of course! What's important is that there is reading taking place. Reading books multiple times to a child is beneficial to the development of vocabulary and future reading skills.
Question: Can I count audio books?
Answer: Sure! Count that time!!
Question: Do I have to have a library card to participate in the Summer Reading Program?
Answer: No, having a library card is not necessary to join. However, we encourage you to get one and take advantage of all the free materials and services we offer.
Question: My child doesn't read. Can he/she participate?
Answer: Anything the child reads or has read to him/her counts toward 500 minutes.
Question: If I read to my child can the minutes count for both of us?
Question: I can't find my log to turn in my time!
Answer: You can track your time on anything. The log is provided for your convenience. Turn it in at the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: Tracking the time on-line seems like a hassle. Do I have to do it this way?
Answer: No, on-line tracking is a way for you and the Library to make sure your child receives the prizes he/she deserves. Track the time how it works for you. Time can be entered at the library or by emailing Ms. Carmen at email@example.com. **Please allow a full day before coming in to pick-up prizes if you email the time.
Question: How long do we have to read 500 minutes?
Answer: If you read as little as 15 minutes a day, you can have 500 minutes in 34 days. The programs run eight weeks (that's 56 days) and all time must be turned in by Saturday, July 28 to receive a prize.
Question: Why do you track minutes? Pages are easier.
Answer: We track minutes because this is a common way for kids to track their reading for school. It is what they are accustomed to doing. Please don't feel like you need to set a timer. Just give us the best estimate for the time you have read. We trust you!!
Question: What are this year's prizes?
Answer: Click "here" for a list of grand prizes.
Question: Are there any programs for adults only?
Answer: Yes! We have several adult only programs plus family friendly programs.
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