Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is a fun way to challenge yourself to read more over the Summer! For students, reading over summer break can prevent summer learning loss and help them start the next school year out on the right page.

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Important Dates

Summer Reading Sign Ups Start:

Saturday, May 18th, 2019
All branches: Super Sign Up Saturday 10:30am to 1:00PM

Summer Reading End / All Reading Records due:
Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Summer Reading Program Party for Kids: 
Lakeport Library: Saturday, August 3 at 10am (at library park)
Redbud Library: Saturday, August 3 at 10am

Middletown Library: Tuesday, August 6 at 11:30am
Upper Lake Library: Thursday, August 8 at 2:30pm

Winnder Announced for Teen Prize Baskets:
Lakeport Library: Wednesday Evening, August 7
All other branches: Tuesday, August 6

Winner Announced for Adult Prize Baskets:
All branches: Tuesday, August 6

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Everyone! We have programs for babies, toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Even if your child is too young to read by themself you can sign up and read with them!

How do I sign up?

Sign-Ups Begin May 18th. At that time and any time after you can sign up at any branch of the Lake County Library. Each branch will have a special sign up event at your local location on May 18th, but if you can't make it you can still sign up afterwards.

How does it work?

Kids:

When you sign up you can pick up a reading log at your local branch library and start reading library books. Library staff will log reading when you return them to the front desk in the library. For every page you read you get 1 reading point, but for short books that are less than 50 pages we round up to 50 points. 

For every 50 reading points you get a sticker for your reading log. At 1,000 points you complete the reading log and the Friends of the Library will donate a book to the library. The book will have your name inside commemorating your achievement!

Kids can also earn special star stickers for their reading log by participating in library activities. 

Teens and Adults:

After you sign up you can start reading library books. Visit the library desk when you return books to get credit. For every 200 pages you read you win an entry for the grand prize drawing. If you read at least 1,000 pages the Friends of the Library will donate a book to the library. The book will have your name inside commemorating your achievement! Adults and teens can also earn extra bonus tickets for the grand prize drawing by participating in library activities. Also watch for Summer Reading related events in the library newsletter.

Do I need a library card?

Yes. If you are a child and you don’t have a library card but someone in your family checks books out for you, you can use their card.  For adults, if you don’t have a card, it’s easy to get one: just bring your photo ID to your nearest library branch.

Can I read eBooks or listen to audiobooks?

Yes! When entering eBooks or audiobooks on your reading log library staff will estimate the number of pages by looking up a print copy.

My child can't read by themselves, can they still sign up?

Yes! Children who can't quite read on their own yet can still sign up and you can record the books that you read together.

What are the prizes?

Reading is its own reward, but we also offer prizes to make the program more fun. 

Kids:

Kids get a sticker for every 50 points they earn for their reading log.  They also receive a small prize every time they hit a reading milestone on their first reading log. For those who finish the program by earning 1,000 points a book with a commemorative book plate is donated in their name to the library. They get to be the first person to check it out! At the end of the program there is a Rewards Party, where children receive a book bag and certificate and other small prizes. If you can't attend the party your prize will be held for you at the library.


Adults and Teens:

Adults and teens earn tickets for the grand prize drawing. For adults, the grand prize is a gift basket filled with new books and other prizes. Adults and teens that finish the program by earning 1000 points also get a book with a commemorative book plate donated in their name to the library, and they get to be the first person to check it out.

What else is going on during the summer at the library?

Check out the library calendar to see all the events that are happening at your local branch over the summer.

What if I have more questions?

Be sure to contact the library either online, over the phone, or by visiting your local branch.