Summer Reading FAQs

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Who can participate?

Everyone —children, teens and adults. This year everyone under the age of 18 will participate in the 2020 Youth Summer Reading Program and adults will participate in the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program.


Why the big push to register and log activities online?

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, then 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 ask@lexcolibrary.com.

 

For quick and easy logging try downloading the READsquared app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.

 

Paper Reading Logs — You can also print paper reading logs for children and for adults


How do I create a family account?

First, from the registration page select “Myself and Children.” You will enter your age and select the adult program. You will then be asked for the parent account information including creating a username and password. Next, you will enter the age of the child, you will select the Youth Summer Reading Program, and then enter the information for that child. You will then select “Continue” to add more children or select “Done Adding Children.” 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 My Group after clicking the Register button.


Can I register and log activities using a smartphone or tablet?

Sure — we're mobile. For quick and easy logging try downloading the READsquared app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.

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. 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 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 audio books?

They count,too. Again, be sure to check out the titles available using your library card.


When does the reading period start and end?

To be fair to everyone, we only count reading done between June 1 and July 31.


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 or the wrong title — 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 ask@lexcolibrary.com. 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 the 2020 Youth Summer Reading Program — one minute of reading equals one point. For adult participants — reading a magazine equals 20 points and reading a book equals 60 points. Completing a quest equals 20 points.


How many points do I need to score a prize?

    2020 Youth Summer Reading Program participants will be eligible to pick up their prizes from the branch they are registered with upon completing the program with 720 points. Prizes can be picked up between August 1 and August 31.

    Adult Summer Reading Program participants who reach 360 points before July 31 will be eligible for a prize drawing on August 31 to be picked up from the branch they are registered with.


What are the prizes?

Youth summer reading prizes include items such as a bookmark, a book, and a South Carolina Reading medal. Prizes are based on availability and may vary by branch.

Adult summer reading prizes are awarded to finishers by a drawing and vary by branch.  


How many points do I need to complete the Summer Reading program and earn my South Carolina reading medal?

    2020 Youth Summer Reading Program — 720 points

    2020 Adult Summer Reading Program — 360 points

 


The kids are already screaming, “I’m bored” —do you have programs planned for summer?

Oh, yeah! Enjoy virtual programs — story times, book talks, and performances by our favorite storytellers and puppeteers — Chad Crews, Porkchop Productions, Suzette Hawkins, and Tim Sonefelt. For more information, visit www.lexcolibrary.com.


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 ask@lexcolibrary.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 ask@lexcolibrary.com



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