You’ve probably been seeing plenty of articles about Summer Reading Challenge events. By now you’re probably wondering what exactly is the Summer Reading Challenge and what you’ll win for participating.
After hearing reports and well documented studies on how long-term learning is impacted when students don’t engage in educational activities, primarily reading, over long school breaks, the library came up with a solution. The Summer Reading Challenge motivates children to see reading as a rewarding and fun activity, which in turn sets them up for academic success. And who doesn’t like getting prizes?
So, here are the rules for Children’s SRC, June 1-July 31:
Pick up a paper reading log at any Irving Library location, or register with READSquared and track your child’s progress online. Then read 20 minutes a day and color in a star on the paper log, or enter in the appropriate information into READSquared.
After seven days, your child is eligible to earn their first prize, which is a promotional coupon and a paper rocket to place on their library’s UNIVERSE OF STARS WALL of FAME! After that, keep the pattern going. Every seven days they read, come visit the library and pick up the next prize. They can earn a space poster to color, a free book, a reading brag tag, another prize coupon, along with a pass to play the Guessing Game to the Stars – the closest guess will win a jar full of glow in the dark stars! Week six, your child will earn the coveted Reading Medal and a very official looking Reading Certificate signed by a library staff member. Your child won’t want to stop there, which is why we added in a bonus week, with another free book as the prize.
Teen SRC, June 1-July 31:
Teens can pick up a paper reading log at the library of their choice, or register to use READSquared to track their progress. Teens need only read five hours to earn a prize, which varies by location, but can include a free Young Adult book, promotional food coupon, a water bottle and other free swag. They can also attend a Teen SRC event to substitute for one hour of reading per log. Teens are limited to one prize per week. Teen reading logs also double as entries into a contest in which one lucky participant will win a new iPad Mini!
Adult SRC, June 6 – Aug. 31:
Adult minds can benefit greatly from reading over the summer, too. Although, we bet you are doing it for the love of reading, already. If you haven’t read in a while, now is a perfect time to challenge yourself to reading at least five books this summer. Listening to books also counts. Pick up a paper reading log at any Irving Library location, or register on READSquared. So, check out our online resources, too! Adults can turn in as many as 15 logs by the end of the Challenge. Prize can also vary by location, but also include free tote bags, free books, promotional food coupons and coasters in a variety of styles.
So there you have it, in a nut shell! Not sure what to read? Stop by and check out the many book displays and recommended reading lists we have for all ages. For more information, call (972) 721-4612.