The Reading Rewards Program works in exactly the same way for all youth aged from birth to 18 years. It’s all about counting the minutes you spend reading. Each minute you read is worth one point and it doesn’t matter what you like to read – books, magazines, comics and audiobooks all count towards your goals. Also, reading aloud counts, so if you are a parent reading to a baby, toddler or preschooler, they can earn prizes. If you are a kid or teen who likes to read aloud with younger siblings and family members, it counts for both of you.
You can track your reading using Beanstack which will give you information about your prizes as you earn them. If you don’t have access to a computer or device that connects to the Internet or you prefer to track your reading on paper, you can use the reading log we have included in our Summer Library Event Guide and we will help you enter the information into our Beanstack website when you visit the library.
Prizes are earned once you have read 5 hours, 10 hours, 15 hours and 20 hours. You’ll have plenty of time to work on reaching all these goals – the Reading Rewards Program lasts from June 1st until August 16th.
If you keep reading, you might become a one of our Mega Readers. If you read 25 hours or more, you will earn a ticket to our Mega Reader Drawing for every 5 hours of reading done starting at 25 hours. If you can keep reading, you can keep earning tickets. You do need to get them all in by August the 16th, however, as the Mega Reader Drawings will be held the week of August 17th - 21st.
There are three separate Mega Reader Drawings: one for ages 0-3 with special prizes selected for our youngest readers, one for ages 4-11, and another for teens – and each drawing will have three winners. The prize packets will be the same for each drawing, but different depending on the age group, so that kids and teens can have prizes tailored to their interests.
We have also set up activities as part of the online Reading Rewards Program that challenge you to do something different and earn points! The activity points you earn will be combined with your reading points to earn badges. Whether you plan to earn rewards through reading only, or a combination of reading and activities, get ready to imagine your way through the best summer ever!