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Summer Reading Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Summer Reading Program?
The Summer Reading Program 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 kids 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-adulthood.


How do I sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

Birth – Pre-K

  1. Visit the library to pick up a stamp card for your child.
  2. Register your child for our 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten Program.

What if my child has already signed up for 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten Program?

Great! If your child is already registered for the 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten, keep reading with them and remember to pick up their milestone badges for each 100 books you read together. We also have literacy activity sheets available for pickup at any of our 16 branches.


Completed Kindergarten – 5th grade

  1. Visit the library to pick up a stamp card for your child.
  2. For Cobb County Public School and Marietta City School students, teachers will give students their Scholastic login and password. This information will be sent home with students before the school year is over and it will also be sent home with report cards. If you have misplaced or forgotten the Scholastic login and password, see below.
  3. For homeschool and private school students, completed Kindergarten – 8th grade, please stop by your favorite library to receive a Scholastic login or password.

Forgot your Scholastic login or password? There are two ways to retrieve it!

  • Stop by your favorite library and we will look it up for you!
  • Call our Customer Service Department:
    • 770-528-2326, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Important: Please do not register for a new account on Scholastic’s website. Students that create new accounts will not receive credit for participating in the Summer Reading Program. Their school will also not receive credit for their participation.


Stamp Cards

How do the stamp cards work?

  • All children between the ages of birth – completed 5th grade will receive a stamp card when they visit the library.
  • Each time you visit the library, ask a librarian to stamp your card.
  • At two stamps, children earn a reading bracelet!
  • At three stamps, children earn a free book!
  • At four stamps, children are entered into the drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!
  • At five stamps, children are entered into the 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 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 stamp card?
Stamp cards are for children aged birth – completed 5th grade.

 

Does my child need to visit the the library to earn a stamp?
Yes, please bring your child to the library with you to enable them to receive a stamp. We love it when children visit the library!

 

What if my child loses their stamp card?
No problem! Stop by the local library to pick up another one, and the librarian will make a note of the situation. Toss your old one away if you happen to find it.

 

How many stamps can my child get each day?
Children may receive one stamp per day.

 

How many stamp cards can my child get?
One stamp card per child. Stamp cards are given to children at the library and are for children aged birth – completed 5th graders.


Scholastic

How do I log minutes?

Students are now able to log minutes. Once you are on the Scholastic Summer Site choose Sign in (at the top of the screen) or the yellow LOGIN button.  Once you have logged in, scroll down until you see the “Log My Minutes” button, then enter your minutes and then click the “Log My Minutes” button (see the image below). Remember, you can only log minutes once a day!

 

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Why does my child have to log minutes on the Scholastic site?

The Cobb County Public Library has partnered with the Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools, Smyrna Public Library and Scholastic to create a summer reading program that is more accessible. Scholastic provides an online platform that enables children to log minutes read. This enables children to 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 Scholastic?

Absolutely!

  1. Children may earn badges each week that they reach their goal!
  2. Children are able to read chapters of favorite children’s books online after earning badges.
  3. Schools in Georgia and across the United States will compete for the most minutes read. Schools that log the most minutes will receive special recognition and awards.

 

I don’t know my child’s Scholastic login.

  • Stop by your favorite library and we will look it up for you!
  • Call our Customer Service Department:
    • 770-528-2326, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

My child is homeschooled. Can they use the Scholastic site to log minutes?

Absolutely! Please stop by your local library to receive a Scholastic login or password.

 

My child attends a private school. Can they use the Scholastic site to log minutes?

Absolutely! Please stop by your local library to receive a Scholastic login or password.

 

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 may reduce the pressure and help children enjoy reading more! It also encourages children to read more 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.

Children unable to visit the library are still able to participate in the summer reading reading program by logging minutes read. This helps many families, including those that travel over the summer. Minutes may even be logged on mobile devices.

 

My family is out of town at the end of summer. How can my child still participate?

All children in rising 1st – 8th grade can log minutes on Scholastic no matter where they are. Stop by your local library to pick up a stamp card before or after your return to earn stamps.

 

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 all summer. Children can log the minutes they have read even with required reading. Scholastic provides fun incentives the more children log, and you can stop by your lcoal library to pick up reading material and a stamp for your child. Your child’s media specialist will also see who has participated.


Completed 6th – 8th Grade

These students may submit book recommendations, answer the Weekly Logic Puzzle, and log minutes.

For Cobb County Public School and Marietta City School students- teachers will give students their Scholastic login and password. This information will sent home with students before the school year is over and it will also be sent home with report cards. If you have misplaced or forgotten the Scholastic login and password, there are two ways to retrieve the information:

  • Stop by your favorite library and we will look it up for you!
  • Call our Customer Service Department:
    • 770-528-2326, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Completed 6th – 12th Grade

Middle School and High School students may also submit book recommendations and answer the Weekly Logic Puzzle.

All completed 6th – 12th grade students are encouraged to submit books recommendations to be entered into a drawing for a free box of books at the Fall Book Sale! This is our first time offering this prize to teens, and we’re really excited! Submit one recommendation for one entry in the drawing or submit up to 10 recommendations to increase your chances of winning!

The Weekly Logic Puzzle will be both on our website and on our Facebook. It will be updated every Monday morning. Submit your answer to be entered into a prize drawing for a Box of Books to fill (for free!) at the Fall Book Sale! You have 11 chances to answer the puzzle and only correct answers are eligible for entry into the prize drawing.

 

How do students submit book recommendations?

Please submit book recommendations online OR, pick up a paper recommendation at your local library, fill it out, and return it to a librarian. We’ll gladly submit it online for you. Remember you may submit up to 10 book recommendations for entry into the prize drawing.

 

How do students answer the Weekly Logic Puzzle?

The Weekly Logic Puzzle is available as a Google Doc on our website and on our Facebook. It will be updated every Monday. Click the link to view the puzzle and choose an answer! You have 11 chances to answer the puzzle and only correct answers are eligible for entry into the prize drawing.


Adults

How do adults participate in the Summer Reading Program?

Submit book recommendations and/or answer the Weekly Logic Puzzle to be entered into a drawing for a free box of books at the Fall Book Sale! This is our first time offering this prize to adults, and we’re really excited! Submit one recommendation for one entry in the drawing or submit up to 10 recommendations to increase your chances of winning!

 

How do adults submit book recommendations?

Please submit book recommendations online OR, pick up a paper recommendation at your local library, fill it out, and return it to a librarian. We’ll gladly submit it online for you.

 

How do adults answer the Weekly Logic Puzzle?

The Weekly Logic Puzzle is available as a Google Doc on our website and on our Facebook. It will be updated every Monday morning. Click the link to view the puzzle and choose an answer! You have 11 chances to answer the puzzle and only correct answers are eligible for entry into the prize drawing.


 

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