Summer @ Your Library Frequently Asked Questions

All Ages

A: The program lasts for seven weeks, from June 19th to August 4th.

A: This year all registrations will be done electronically.  You may register on the Library’s website or volunteers at the S@YL table in the children’s room are ready to help you!

A: Start reading at home, at the library, at the park, on a vacation. Remember - reading can be done everywhere!  Follow the specific instructions for your age group provided above.

A: Yes.  Prizes that are handed out at registration will be available while supplies last.

A: Reading and listening can happen anywhere!  Take a book along with you to the beach or wherever you are going this summer

A: Yes. You can read books, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, or listen to audiobooks or listen to someone reading aloud.

A: Prizes for youth and teens may be claimed at the S@YL table daily until 30 minutes before closing. Prizes for adults can be picked up at the Information Desk until 30 minutes before closing. The library is closed Tuesday, July 4th

Library hours are:

Monday – Thursday    10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (prize table closes at 7:30 PM)

Friday              1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (prize table closes at 4:30 PM)

Saturday          10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (prize table closes at 4:30 PM)

Sunday          1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (prize table closes at 4:30 PM)

A: Yes! 

  1. Ages 0 – 3 receive one prize for the summer when they register
  2. Ages 3 – 12 can earn weekly prizes by reading a minimum of 2 hours per week, and additional points can be entered for Super Reader and Grand Prize, too
  3. Ages 13 – 18 are entered in drawings for various prizes throughout S@YL by reading books, attending programs, and writing book reviews 
  4. Ages 18 and up are entered in drawings for prizes throughout S@YL by submitting book reviews

For Ages 3 - 12

A:  Yes. A weekly prize is earned by reading or listening to a story for 2 hours during the week.

A: Yes. Your parent will need to show your reading log for that week.

A: Weekly prizes will only be available during each particular week.  If you can’t make it to the library for whatever reason during a certain week to pick up your weekly prize, remember that you can still earn points towards Grand Prize and Super Reader prizes!

A: That would be great!  You will receive 1 point for every two hours that you read or listen to a story. For example, if you read for 4 hours, you receive 2 points. These points count towards the grand prize or super reader prize.

A: To be eligible for Grand Prize or Super Reader prize, you need to submit at least 2 annotations or illustrations by July 30th.

A: You can bring in your reading log and annotations and illustrations anytime the Library is open until 30 minutes before closing. 

A: You don’t want to lose it. If you lose your reading record, you may either print a new one from home or come into the library to get a new one. If you have been bringing your log into the Library where the S@YL volunteers have been recording points earned for reading, then you won’t have to start over.  However, if you haven’t been doing that, then your original recordkeeping no longer exists and you will need to start over at the beginning.

For Teens

A: Tickets are earned in 3 ways. 

  1. Tickets are earned for each hour read. Bring your reading record (and bonus reading records if applicable) into the library to be stamped by the S@YL volunteers and receive your drawing tickets. 
  2. Tickets can be earned by attending teen programs. Find a list of programs on the library’s website. You can attend as many programs as you wish. At each program, the staff member in charge will hand out tickets.  
  3. Complete as many book reviews as you wish. Blank book review forms are available on the website and at the S@YL table. Complete the forms and bring them to the S@YL table. The volunteers will take the form and give you a ticket to place in the container. 

A: It’s a surprise! Attend the party on August 3rd at 8:00 p.m. to find out.

A: You don’t want to lose it. If you lose your reading record, you may either print a new one from home or come into the library to get a new one. However, since your original recordkeeping no longer exists, you will need to start over at the beginning and read your 10 hours again - no matter how far along you were.

A: You do not have to come into the library after reading each hour. You only need to bring the log in to receive your prizes and tickets. In fact, you can print your record online, complete your 10 hours of reading at home, and bring your completed record in by 7:00 p.m. on August 3rd to receive all your prizes and  tickets at once.

A: No worries. If you win the grand prize or earn any of the other prizes you will be notified that you won, and will have 2 weeks to come into the library and pick up your prize at the Information Desk, located outside the Teen Lounge. However, no tickets will be given out past 7:00 p.m. on August 3rd.  And no 5 hour and 10 hour prizes will be given out past 8:00 p.m. on August 3rd.

A: You can bring in your reading record anytime the Library is open until 30 minutes before closing. Volunteers at the S@YL table in the children’s room will assist you. Final time to claim tickets is at 7:00 p.m. on August 3rd.

A: Tickets will be given out until 7:00 p.m. on August 3rd.  5 hour prizes and 10 hour prizes will be given out until 8:00 PM on August 3rd.

A: We’d like as many teens to win prizes as possible so only one prize per person.  However, the more tickets you earn, the better your chances are to win.

For Adults

A: Please ask about the prizes at the Information Desk.

A: The schedule of S@YL events for adults can be found here and in flyers at the Information Desk.