This year, when you complete your game board you will receive a certificate for ONE FREE ADMISSION to a Vanderbilt Football game in Nashville!
We're doing Summer Reading a bit differently this year due to COVID-19. Questions? See FAQ below.
*Disclaimer: To allow for the creation of family accounts, the adult program on READsquared is open. However, the account is only to allow an adult to register and create a family account to create and manage their children's accounts. Participation in the Summer Reading Program is limited to children 0-18. Adults are not eligible for prizes.
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* While these digital packets include directions for our crafts available to print, most of the materials for the crafts featured will only be available to pick up with a physical packet at the library during our curbside pickup hours by calling in a request or using the Item Request Form on our website; please make sure to add whether it is a Children's or Teen's packet!
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Summer Reading 2021 FAQ
How do I Register?
This year the Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library will be using READsquared as part of the Summer Reading Program. Click on the registration link at the top of the page and make an account starting on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. If you are a parent or guardian and would like to create a family account to manage your children’s accounts, simply follow the directions to create an account for yourself. Then, follow the prompts to register your children.
How do I track my progress online/participate in the Extreme Reader Challenge?
One of our changes this year as the program is virtually logging minutes a participant reads or is read to rather than completing game boards. For every minute that they read or are read to, a minute is logged into the system on READsquared. Viewing scheduled online storytimes or activities through the library’s Facebook page can also count as minutes. Each storytime or activity will have a specific number of minutes that you can enter into the online system and count toward your total. You will complete the program and earn a certificate and prizes when you log 600 minutes. Also, you will receive a small prize at the halfway point of 300 minutes. After you complete 600 minutes, you can continue to log minutes as an extreme reader; for every 200 minutes you log on top of the 600 minutes for completion, your name will go in a drawing for prizes at the end of the program. Minutes can be logged from the start of the program on June 1, 2020 through the final day of the program on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
Participants will be awarded a virtual badge in READsquared for every 100 minutes logged until the participant has reached 600 minutes and received a completion certificate. If a participant takes part in the extreme reader challenge, they will receive a virtual badge for every 200 minutes logged, and each virtual badge earned as an extreme reader represents a time the participant’s name will be entered into the prize drawings.
How do I get Prizes once I complete the goals online?
Prizes will be awarded when a participant completes 300 minutes of reading and reaches the halfway point and at 600 minutes of reading when participants receive a completion certificate. For those who log extra minutes and take part in the extreme reader challenges, drawings will occur after July 15th to allow all minutes to be logged and participants will be notified if they win prizes. Prizes may be picked up by parents/guardians beginning on Friday, June 19th, during curbside pickup hours or when the library reopens. If you are picking up a prize during curbside pickup, please call the library at (931) 684-7323 or email the Children’s and Teen Librarians at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be any activities or events for Summer Reading?
The library will be hosting virtual/online storytimes once a week during the Summer Reading Program. The storytimes will be held on Facebook at 10 am on Wednesday mornings; they will be Facebook live events. Children’s activities will also be held as Facebook live events once a week on Tuesday; these activities will walk children through the activity available in the activity packet.
This summer the library will be providing activity packets for participants. Each week a packet will be available – one packet for children and one for teens. The packets will contain the materials one needs to complete the craft activity, except for basic supplies such as crayons, markers, glue, tape. The children’s packets will also contain directions for the activity which can be followed to complete on your own, or you can watch the Facebook live event for that activity. The activities will be listed on the calendar so that you can see what the activity might be for each week and will have the time for the Facebook Live event.
If you have questions about the program, contact the Children’s Services Librarian, Emilee’ Le Clear, or the Teen/Bookmobile Librarian, Hayley Rhodes, by phone at (931) 684-7323 or by email at email@example.com.