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Summer Reading FAQ

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Thank you for being a part of Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library’s summer reading program!

Below we have answered several frequently asked questions. If you have any more questions about the website or how summer reading works, please feel free to contact the youth services librarian, Dr. Emilee’ le Clear.

Can I read books that are not from the library? 

Yes!! Although we highly encourage library use, we’re just happy that you’re reading!

What if I don’t have a computer? 

We have options! You can come into the library and pick up an activity log at the front desk, or use one of our computers to print one off.

How do I sign up my whole family? 

Each child and participant needs to be registered separately.

My baby or toddler can’t read. How do they participate in the Summer Reading Program? 
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The Pre-Readers age group (0-5) will complete the same game board. Their hours can be completed by attending Library activities like story time and/or by completing activities based on the Early Literacy Practices (Singing, Talking, Playing, Writing, and Reading).

Early Literacy Activities could include:

  • Singing children’s songs or nursery rhymes to or with your child
  • Use finger paint to draw shapes and letters
  • Help your child paint or draw a picture
  • Play at a local park
  • Play a hand motion game like Patty-Cake or a fingerplay song like Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Read to or with your child
How do I log my hours and activities? 

Pick up a game board, and color in a space for each hour you read or activity that you complete. At least 5 hours of the 10 hours on the game board should be reading. Reading could be being read to, reading yourself, or listening to an audiobook. All program levels will use the same game board.

What is an activity? 
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An activity can be pretty much anything that encourages participants to get involved with our theme. For this year’s theme of Adventure Begins at your Library, here are some ideas for activities:​

  • Go birdwatching.
  • Put a Puzzle Together with your Child
  • Visit a Local Lake or River
  • Go on a Nature Walk in the park
  • Attend a library program.
  • Build a blanket fort.
  • Help someone with a chore at home
  • Read aloud to a pet or stuffed animal
  • Learn about people from another culture.
  • Write a story about your town
  • Go kayaking or swimming
  • Make a homemade gift for someone!
  • Draw a picture of your friends or family
  • Visit a Local Historical Site
  • Go kayaking or swimming.
  • Visit a museum, zoo, or aquarium.
  • Write a short adventure story.
  • Look up folklore, mythology, or history from different cultures around the world.
  • Watch a documentary.
  • Make time for a quick road trip!
  • Go backyard camping!
Where do I put in what activities I’ve done? 

You don’t have to! On your activity logs/game boards, you color in each number block as you complete an hour of an activity (such as a library program) or an hour of reading.

What do I do once the game boards are completed? 

Bring your completed activity logs in after June 18th with your name & number listed, and we will call you as soon as your prize pack is ready to pick up!

Do I need to log the names of the books I’ve read? 

No, tracking the books you read is more for your own benefit. It is not required to complete the program.

Do I have to go to the events to participate in the Summer Reading Program? 

No. Events are a bonus that we provide for our readers, but attending events can count towards your total hours on your activity log. 

What if I’ve completed my game board? Can I get another game board? 

You can’t get another game board, but you can enter our Extreme Reader Challenge!

For Children, every 3 extra hours you read, you can get your name put in a drawing for more prizes. You may print forms and keep track of your time here or stop by the library and pick them up.

For Teens, every 5 extra hours you read, your name is put in a drawing for more prizes. You may print Teen Extreme Reader Challenges here​ or pick them up at the library. Drop your completed forms off at the front desk. 

For Adults, every 7 extra hours you read, your name is added to a drawing for more prizes. You may print Adult Extreme Reader Challenges here​ or pick them up at the library. Drop your completed forms off at the front desk. 

Got More Questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact the library at (931) 684-7323 or email the Youth Services Librarian, Dr. Emilee’ Le Clear, at

Thank you for participating!

We cannot thank our summer reading sponsors enough for their support!

  • Anita Epperson
  • Bedford County Farm Bureau
  • Bedford Vet Partners / Northpoint Animal Hospital
  • Bojangles
  • Bring it Back Games
  • Capri Theatre
  • Dr. Carol Magnuson
  • Donna Thomas
  • Duck River Electric Membership Corp.
  • First Community Bank Of Tennessee
  • Kincaid Service Company
  • Lightning Automotive
  • Linda Hasty
  • Lowery Jewelers
  • Optimist Club
  • Phillip T. Farrar
  • Pinnacle Financial Services
  • Prosser’s Towing, Inc.
  • Skyzone Murfreesboro
  • Soar Adventure Tower
  • Templeton & Associates
  • Tennessee Aquarium
  • United Methodist Women