Summer Reading FAQs
Dig into summer reading — discover that books build better readers and give you the tools to change the world. Challenge yourself to try new things and work together to make a positive change in the community.
Who can participate?
Everyone — children, teens and adults. Children too young to read by themselves may participate by having a parent, caregiver or other family member read to them.
Why the big push to register and log activities online?
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We hope you'll find it easier and more accessible but it also helps to provide us with statistics. You can register and log reading on a computer, smartphone or tablet. You can even register online at the library. If you're the type who likes to check off boxes, grab a reading record at your local library branch or download it using the links below. Technology challenged? We're happy to help — give us a call or email us at email@example.com.
Can I register for Summer Reading after June 1?
Absolutely — and you can log any reading you've done after June 1.
How do I create a family account?
First, register yourself in the Adult program. You’ll then be asked if you’re a parent and would like to create a family account. Choose Yes and continue with your registration. When asked if you’d like to add family members, click Continue. You can also add members from your homepage by clicking My Account. At the bottom, choose Add Child Account. Enter the child’s information and click Submit. To manage these accounts, click Family Accounts. A quick note — family members can have the same password but need different usernames.
Where can I find my children’s accounts?
After you’ve registered and added children under your profile, you can find them under Account, Family Accounts. Here you’ll find a list of usernames associated with your account.
What about group accounts?
If you would like to register a group, like a childcare center, choose Group Registration after clicking the Register button.
Can I register and log activities using a smartphone or tablet?
Sure — we're mobile.
Why do you need my phone number or email address for registration?
Your privacy is important to us and we will not share any personal information collected. But we do need information for statistical reasons and patron identification. For example, we might give you a call to say that you won a raffle prize or email you about an upcoming program. Don't worry — we promise not to bombard you with calls or emails.
Can I count time that I spend reading to my kids on my kid's reading logs?
Absolutely. We love when you read to your kids and they will, too. And for the multitasking parent — if you have children in the Early Literacy program, you can let older kids read to the younger ones and they both get to log time.
Can I count books that I read on my computer, tablet or smartphone?
Sure — it’s all the same to us. Be sure to check out the titles available using your library card.
How about audiobooks?
They count, too. Again, be sure to check out the titles available using your library card.
Can I count reading that I’ve done before June 1?
To be fair to everyone, we only count reading done between June 1 and August 5.
How do I log my reading and activities?
It's simple — login to your account and choose the type of activity you want to log under Log Activity.
Is there a limit to the number of minutes and activities I can log?
The only limit is the total number of points needed to complete the Summer Reading program.
I accidentally logged too many minutes — what should I do?
No worries. You can click on the "?" at the bottom of the page and let us know or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll take care of it for you and send a message when it's done.
How do I score points?
The more points you earn, the more badges and games you unlock. For early literacy, children and teen participants — one minute of reading equals one point. For adult participants — reading a magazine equals 20 points, reading a book equals 60 points.
How many points do I need to score a prize?
- Early Literacy — prizes awarded at 120, 240 and 360 points
- Children — Prizes awarded at 300, 600 and 900 points
- Teens — Prizes awarded at 300, 600 and 900 points
- Adults — Prizes awarded through weekly drawings chosen at random
What are the prizes?
Early Literacy and Kid’s programs include prizes such as coupons for food, a book, and the South Carolina Reading Medal. Teens can score prizes like coupons for food, a book, and the South Carolina Reading Medal. Prizes are based on availability and may vary by branch.
I've scored a prize — how do I get it?
For children and teens — once you've logged activities online and completed a level, swing by the library to snag your prize and check out more books. Adults — if you've been notified that you won a raffle, run by the library branch to grab it. Prizes awarded from Monday, June 12 to Saturday, August 5.
How many points do I need to complete the Summer Reading program and earn my South Carolina reading medal?
- Early Literacy = 360 points
- Children = 900 points
- Teens = 900 points
The kids are already screaming, “I’m bored” — do you have programs planned for summer?
Oh, yeah — we have lots of great programs lined up this summer including special appearances by South Carolina Aquarium, Columbia Marionette Theatre, Tim Sonefelt, Chad Crews, Riverbanks Zoo, Porkchop Productions, Edventure, and many more. We also have exciting events planned just for you. For a complete list of events, visit www.lex.lib.sc.us/events.
I forgot my password — what should I do?
If you included an email address when you registered, go to the login page and click on Get it by email. If you did not register using an email, shoot us a request at email@example.com and we'll add the address to your account.
Wait, I still have questions ...
Don't stress — we're here to help. When logged in, you can click on the "?" icon at the bottom of the page and send us a message. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a matter that requires urgent attention, simply give us a call or visit your local branch.