Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading FAQ

What is the Summer Reading Program?
Why should I sign up my child or myself?
What are the page goals? What does that mean?
What is Reader Zone?
Do I have to read library books?
What if my child isn’t old enough to read on their own?
If my child or myself reads a book more than once, can I track those pages?
Can I count audiobooks?
How long do we have to reach our pages read goal?
What are the prizes for finishing?
How do I get my prizes?
How do I enter the grand prize drawings?
How can I earn raffle tickets?
I’m not very tech-savvy. Do I have to track pages with the Reader Zone app?

What is the Summer Reading Program?
The JCML Summer Reading Program (SRP) is our annual program designed to keep kids - and adults - interested in reading during the summer months to help them maintain their reading skills until school begins.  We have weekly book drawings for participants and hold programs on Fridays in the Services building auditorium. For the 2022 program, "Oceans of Possibilities," we have scheduled magician John O'Bryant, puppeteer Margaret Clauder, and will show the IMAX documentary "Under the Sea."  Finally, we'll have a Summer Reading Wrap-Up with games, crafts, and prizes to celebrate everyone's hard work this summer.  Beginning May 23rd, you can come by the library to register and download the Reader Zone app, then on June 6th start logging your books!  See our Summer Reading page for all the dates and info!
Why should I sign up my child or myself?
Reading is an important skill that we use our entire lives!  Starting a child reading at an early age helps foster a love of books, something that stays with us as we grow older.  Our SRP not only encourages reading but helps to make it fun and exciting so everyone wants to keep reading.  This year, we are offering prizes when participants reach a certain page goal based on their age, which also acts as an incentive to keep reading!
What are the page goals? What does that mean? 
For 2022, we are no longer doing the competition for the top reader; rather, we are asking each participant to reach a "pages read" goal, and each reader that completes their goal for their age group will receive a prize. We hope by doing this, each reader will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride at reaching a goal instead of feeling discouraged because they weren't a top reader.  However, just because you reach your goal doesn't mean we want you to stop reading!  You can earn raffle tickets for pages read past the goal to be entered in the drawing for the grand prizes.  The page goals for each age group are:
-Ages 1-4: 600 pages
-Ages 5-7: 1000 pages
-Ages 8-11: 1200 pages
-Ages 12-17: 1500 pages
-Ages 18+: 2000 pages
What is Reader Zone?
Reader Zone is a free app for your smart phone or tablet available for download in the App Store or Google Play that we use to track reading for our SRP.  We started using it last year and everyone loved it so we decided to use it again.  Once you've registered in the library for the SRP, you will get access to the app to begin tracking pages beginning June 6th.  See our Summer Reading page for links to the download the app.
Do I have to read library books?
No!  We would love for you to visit the library and check out our books, but books read at daycare or grandparents' or babysitters' house, books checked out from other libraries, books borrowed from our Friends' Little Libraries, books from anywhere can be counted!  We just encourage you to read!
What if my child isn't old enough to read on their own?
You can absolutely read aloud to your child and count those as pages read for the child!
If my child or myself reads a book more than once, can I track those pages?
No, we ask that you only log each book read once, no matter how many times you read it.
Can I count audiobooks?
Yes, you can count audiobooks. Since we ask you to log pages read, you can look up the book on Amazon or Goodreads or our catalog to find the number of pages in the hardcover/paperback version of the book.
How long do we have to reach our pages read goal?
This year, the Summer Reading Program will run for 8 weeks, beginning Monday, June 6th, and the last day to log books on Friday, July 29th.
What are the prizes for finishing?
At this time, we are still determining exact prizes, but each participant that completes the reading goal for their age group can come by the library for a prize. We also plan to have another form of recognition for those who reach their goal to give out at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up.
How do I get my prizes?
Just come by the library once you reach your goal. We will confirm that you finished and you'll be able to select a prize!
How do I enter the grand prize drawings?
At the Summer Reading Wrap-Up for 2022, we will have two grand prize gift baskets to be given away in our raffle drawing. All summer, participants in the SRP will have opportunities to earn raffle tickets that can be entered in the drawing.  We will have one drawing for ages 1-17 and one drawing for ages 18+. We hope that everyone will be available to join us at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up for the grand prize drawing!
How can I earn raffle tickets?
To earn raffles tickets to be used in the drawings for the grand prize gift baskets, participants can:
-Read! Every book read logged in Reader Zone earns a ticket
-Attend library programs (SRP programs, storytime, Paws to Read, etc.)
-Check out books from the library
-Reach 50% of your reading goal
-Earn 2 tickets for every 50 pages read past the goal
-Reach 200% of your reading goal

Raffle tickets can be placed in the buckets in the library at anytime, or you can enter them all at once at the Summer Reading Wrap-Up. The Library Director will enter the "books logged" raffle tickets, the "pages past goal" raffle tickets, and the "50%" raffle tickets by monitoring what is entered on Reader Zone.  All other tickets will be the responsibility of participants.
Watch our Facebook page all summer for other ways to earn raffle tickets!
I'm not very tech-savvy. Do I have to track pages with the Reader Zone app?
Unfortunately, yes, this is the only way we are tracking pages this year. If you have questions or would like a quick tutorial, please come by the library and any librarian will be happy to help you.