Summer Reading Program 2018
May 21 – July 28, 2018
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 does my child sign up for the Summer Reading Program?
Birth-Rising Kindergarten
  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 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 grades 1st-8th.

Rising 1st Grade-Rising 5th Grade
  1. Visit the library to pick up a stamp card for your child.
  2. Log the minutes you read on Biblionasium all summer!
If you are a Cobb County or Marietta City school student please do not register for a new account on Biblionasium’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.

Homeschool and private school students, rising 1st-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 770-528-2326, Monday-Friday between 9AM-5PM.


Stamp Cards
How do the stamp cards work?
  • All children between the ages of birth-rising 5th graders will receive a stamp card when they visit the libray.
  • Each time you visit the library, ask a librarian to stamp your card.
  • At two stamps, children earn a Braves sticker! *while supplies last*
  • At three stamps, children earn a free book! *while supplies last*
  • At four stamps, children are entered into the drawing for a $25 Barnes and 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 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 stamp card?
Stamp cards are for children aged birth – rising 5th grade. Rising 6th-12th grade students do not receive stamp cards but turn in book recommendations and/or solve logic puzzles to win prizes.

Does my child need to visit the the library to earn stamps?
Yes, please bring your child to the library with you to enable them to receive their stamps. 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 birth-rising 5th graders.

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 770-528-2326, Monday-Friday between 9AM-5PM.

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.

How do I sign up my private school or homeschool child online?

  1. Start at cobbcat.org/srp
  2. Select the “Log minutes” button on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Under the orange parent login box, select “Don’t have an account? Sign-up.”
  4. Click the “I am a parent” option.
  5. Fill out the form.
  6. After receiving the confirmation email, select “Confirm account”.
  7. Select “I am registering on my own.”
  8. Enter your child’s information and select “Finish”.
  9. Select “My Kids” from the left-hand menu and edit profile.
  10. To link your child’s account to the library, please enter the group code: Cobb1755
  11. Congratulations! Your child is registered to log reading minutes 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-8th grade can log minutes on Biblionasium 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. Biblionasium provides fun incentives the more children log, and you can stop by your local library to pick up reading material and a stamp for your child. Your child’s media specialist will also see who has participated and may even acknowledge their accomplishments when school starts back.

Biblionasium Help Guides
The folks at Biblionasium have created guides to help you add books to your bookshelf and log minutes. If you need additional help, ask your librarian and they will be happy to walk you through it!

Rising 6th Grade-Rising 8th Grade
All rising 6th-8th grade students are encouraged to submit book recommendations and complete logic puzzles to be entered into a drawing for a free box of books. Students may log their reading minutes with Biblionasium if they choose.

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!

Rising 6th Grade – Rising 12th Grade
All rising 6th-12th grade students are encouraged to submit books recommendations and complete logic puzzles to be entered into a drawing for a free box of books. Students 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!

We will be giving away 16 boxes to rising 6th-12th grade students this year! Submit one recommendation for one entry in the drawing or submit up to 10 recommendations to increase your chances of winning!

How do students submit book recommendations?
Please submit book recommendations here 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.

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!

We will be giving away 16 boxes this year! 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 here 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.

Logic Puzzles will be posted on our website and social media for Adults to complete.