Summer Reading 2020

June 1 – August 7, 2020

The library will be closed for most of the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still participate in our annual Summer Reading Program from your home! Summer Reading is open to readers of all ages, from infants to adults!

Why read this summer?

Reading this summer is more important than it has ever been! Reading during breaks from schooling is proven to help children of all ages. This reading helps prepare them for a return to school and gives them a boost in future learning. Summer is a great time to let children pick what they would like to read – no leveled reading necessary! To learn more about the benefits of summer reading, click the link below:

A tip for adult readers: many children learn by example! If you haven’t participated in summer reading with your children or grandchildren, consider this the year to start!

How can I participate in Summer Reading this year?

There are a number of ways you can participate in summer reading! You can participate online or on our app, you can participate using our summer reading tracker page (found at the bottom of this page), or you can keep track of your reading on paper you already have at home.

This summer we are keeping track of every day you read a book, listen to a book, or are read to. Reading includes other types of materials like e-books, magazines, newspapers, and any other print you might read. You can mark a day every time you remember to take some time to read!

Library staff will not be at the library to answer questions, so please choose an option that works best for you and your family. All participants who can provide a record of their reading will earn a prize from the library in Fall 2020.

How do I participate in Summer Reading online?

If you feel comfortable tracking your reading online, click the image below to visit our online summer reading website. You will need to create an account with a username and password. Once registered you will use the log reading button to add the days you have read. You can also download the Beanstack Tracker app and log the days you read there. If you run into trouble with these digital options, we encourage you to try paper tracking instead (see “How do I participate in Summer Reading on paper”).

How do I participate in Summer Reading on paper?

To participate in Summer Reading on paper you will mark every day you read, listen to a book, or are read to (for those children too young to read on their own). The goal is to make reading a daily habit, even if it is as short as 10 minutes a day. We hope you will make a daily habit of reading this summer!

If you would like a tracking page to help you count the days you read, scroll to the bottom of this page for the library’s example tracking page. You can copy this image and print it, or you can use it as a guide and create your own! You can also keep track of your reading on scrap paper or a calendar – we encourage you to get creative with the supplies you have at home!

Where can I get reading materials when the library is closed?

While the library is closed we cannot provide you with physical materials. However, the library has a variety of different digital collections with e-books, e-audio books, and e-magazines that you can borrow on your computer or device. Click the image below to learn more about all the digital collections you can use from home:

Are there prizes for participating in Summer Reading?

Yes! All participants in summer reading will receive a prize for tracking their reading this summer. In Fall 2020 we encourage you to contact the library, or visit the library when our doors are open. You will need to bring some proof of your participation in summer reading to the library. If you tracked your reading online, library staff will look up your account for proof of participation. Once library staff have confirmed your participation you can pick up your prize from the library!

Summer Reading Tracker Page:

Please feel free to copy the image below, or print it to use for tracking your reading this summer!