Summer Reading Program 2019
May 20 – July 27, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Summer Reading Program?
The Summer Reading Program (SRP) is a great way for children, teens, and adults to have fun all summer. It provides encouragement and celebrates reading!

Why should my child sign up for the Summer Reading Program?
Studies have shown that students often experience a “summer slide,” meaning that they lose educational gains made during the school year especially in reading. Our Summer Reading Program is a fun and easy way to track how much reading children are engaging in over the summer. Let’s fight the “summer slide” together!

What ages can participate in the Summer Reading Program?
Anyone can participate in the Summer Reading Program! There are no age limits and there is something for everyone, birth through adulthood.

How does my child sign up for the Summer Reading Program?
Birth – Rising Kindergarten

What if my child has already signed up for the 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten Program?
Great! If your child is already registered for 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten, keep reading with them and remember to pick up their milestone badges for every 100 books you read together. We also have literacy activity sheets available for pickup at any of our 16 branches. The Biblionasium Summer Reading Program is for students in 1st – 8th grades.

Rising 1st Grade – Rising 5th Grade
If you are a Cobb County or Marietta City school student, please do not register for a new account on Biblionasium’s website. Students who create new accounts will not receive credit for participating in the Summer Reading Program. Their school will also not receive credit for their participation.

Homeschool and private school students, rising 1st grade – 5th grade, please stop by your favorite library to receive a Biblionasium login or password or register online. Parents may register their child(ren) online by creating a parent account, then creating accounts for their children. Please use the group code Cobb1755 in the setting section on your child’s account settings.

If you have misplaced or forgotten your Biblionasium login and password, you can call us at 770-528-2326, Monday through Friday between 8 am – 4 pm.

Cobb County School District students can contact the CCSD Customer Care Center for summer student password help at 770-514-2500, Monday through Thursday between 7 am – 5:30 pm.

How do the Summer Reading Handouts work?
  • All children ages birth – rising 5th grade will receive a Summer Reading Handout when they visit the library.
  • Choose learning activities to complete this summer.
  • Complete three activities and earn a free book!
  • Complete five activities and be entered into a drawing for a free Box of Books!

What is the Box of Books prize?
This year we are giving away a special box at each library. Children who win this special box will be able to take it to our Fall Book Sale in October and fill it with as many books as they can fit in it — all books of their choosing!

How many times may my child be entered into the drawing for the Box of Books?
Children may only enter into the drawing one time. Good luck!

How old do you have to be to get a Summer Reading Handout?
We have created Summer Reading Handouts filled with fun learning activities for everyone in Cobb!

Does my child need to visit the library?
You do not need to visit the library to complete learning activities; however, you will need to visit the library to receive a free book and enter the prize drawing. We love it when children visit the library!

What if my child loses their Summer Reading Handout?
No problem! Stop by your local library to pick up another one or print one out at home.

How many activities can my child complete each day?
As many as you want! Plus, we will post new activities on our Facebook page each week.


Biblionasium
Why does my child have to log minutes on the Biblionasium site?
The Cobb County Public Library System and Smyrna Public Library have partnered with the Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools, and Biblionasium to create a Summer Reading Program that is more accessible. Biblionasium is an online platform that enables children to log all the minutes they have read. Children can participate in the Summer Reading Program wherever they are, even on vacation! Minutes can be logged on mobile devices, too.

Are there any benefits to my child logging minutes on Biblionasium?
Absolutely!

I don’t know my child’s Biblionasium login.
If you have misplaced or forgotten your Biblionasium login and password, you can call us at 770-528-2326, Monday through Friday between 9 am – 5 pm.

Cobb County School District students can contact the CCSD Customer Care Center for summer student password help at 770-514-2500, Monday through Thursday between 7 am – 5:30 pm.

My child is homeschooled. Can they use the Biblionasium site to log minutes?
Absolutely! Please stop by your local library to receive a Biblionasium login or password or register online.

My child attends a private school. Can they use the Biblionasium site to log minutes?
Absolutely! Please stop by your local library to receive a Biblionasium login or password or register online.

Why are students logging minutes read instead of listing the books read?
There are many reasons why we have decided to track minutes read. Children may become discouraged because they did not read a certain number of books in the summer. Recording minutes read instead of the number of books read helps reduce the pressure and helps children enjoy reading more! It also encourages children to read books of all lengths and sizes. Note: If you would like to keep track of your child’s books, please ask your librarian for a paper log. They are available at each library branch upon request.

My family is out of town at the end of summer. How can my child still participate?
All children in rising 1st grade – 8th grade can log minutes on Biblionasium no matter where they are. Stop by your local library to pick up a Summer Reading Handout and complete learning activities while on vacation!

My child was already signed up for a Summer Reading Program at school. Why should we participate in the public library’s program?
We have joined forces with the schools to promote reading and learning all summer. Children can log the minutes they have read even with required reading. Biblionasium provides fun incentives the more children log, and you can stop by your local library to pick up reading material and a Summer Reading Handout for your child. Your child’s media specialist will also see who has participated and may even acknowledge their accomplishments when school starts back.


Middle School
  • Visit the library to pick up a Summer Reading Handout for your Middle School student.
  • Complete three learning activities and enter to win the Box of Books prize.
  • Log the minutes you read on Biblionasium all summer!

What is the Box of Books prize?
This year we are giving away a special box at each library. Teens who win this special box will be able to take it to our Fall Book Sale in October and fill it with as many books as they can fit in it — all books of their choosing!

How do students submit Book Recommendations and answer Logic Puzzles?
Please submit Book Recommendations here. Logic Puzzles will be posted on our website and social media for Teens to complete.

High School
  • Visit the library to pick up a Summer Reading Handout for your High School student.
  • Complete three learning activities and enter to win the Box of Books prize.

How do students submit Book Recommendations and answer Logic Puzzles?
Please submit Book Recommendations here. Logic Puzzles will be posted on our website and social media for Teens to complete.

Adults
How do adults participate in the Summer Reading Program?
Submit book recommendations and complete logic puzzles to be entered into a drawing for a box of books. Adults who win a box will be able to take it to our Fall Book Sale in October and fill it with as many books as they can fit in it–all books of their choosing!

How do adults submit book recommendations?
  • Visit the library to pick up a Summer Reading Handout.
  • Complete three learning activities and enter to win the Box of Books prize.

How do adults submit Book Recommendations and answer Logic Puzzles?
Please submit Book Recommendations here. Logic Puzzles will be posted on our website and social media for adults to complete.