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2013 Summer Reading Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the Round Rock Public Library's annual Summer Reading Program.


General Questions

Q: What are the themes this year?
A:  Birth to age 12 – “Fizz! Boom! Read!”
Teens 12-17 â€“ “Spark a Reaction”

Q: What's new for 2014?
A: In addition to rewarding readers for developing a regular reading habit, we are adding a program that rewards kids who have demonstrated that habit and who want to count minutes for even more prizes.

Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to offer prizes to all children, not just children who hold RRPL cards.

Teen readers will continue to count their time and earn prizes for every 5 hours of reading.

Q:  Who can participate in the Summer Reading Program?
A:  Any child or teen can join the program by completing our online registration and logging any reading they complete beginning June 1.

Q: When can readers start to count their reading?
A: Readers may start counting on June 1 even if they have not picked up their logs.

Q: Does listening to audiobooks count?
A: Yes.

Q: When can kids get the free RRISD cards?
A: Students who live outside Round Rock's city limits but who are enrolled or about to enroll in a Round Rock Independent School District school may receive a free library card good for May 15 – August 15.

To receive an RRISD card, a student's legal guardian must present proof of address at one of the library's service desks.

Q: Can 5 year olds get the RRISD cards?
A: Yes.

Q: When is the End-of-Summer Reading finale?
A: We will mark the last day of Summer Reading--Aug. 4--with splash mobs in the Sharon Prete Plaza fountains during the day, and an evening performance of Cinderella by Don Harms' marionettes.

Children's Reading Program (Birth to 12)

Q: How do we use the new children's logs?
A: All official recordkeeping will be through our new online system, available through our website. You are welcome to track your reading any way you like at home, but to keep lines short, please have your online log up to date before you come to claim a prize.

You can log on at home, or at the library. If you do not have Interet access outside of the library, please know the library has Internet-connected computers available for your use, and also free WiFi available for your devices.

Q:  When can readers collect their incentives?  
A:  Readers may receive incentives whenever they complete 10 days of reading. Your online log will let you know when you've earned a prize.

Because the reading program is built on the habit of daily reading, prizes can only be claimed after the correct number of days have passed.

June  1: Readers can begin counting days of reading.
June 10: First possible day to claim a prize for 10 days of reading
June 20: First possible day to claim a prize for 20 days of reading
June 30: First possible day to claim a prize for 30 days of reading
July 10: First possible day to claim a prize for 40 days of reading*
August 4: Last day to claim reading prizes

*One of the prizes for 40 days of reading is entry into a minute-counting program, the Super Awesome Readers Club. Earn raffle tickets for every 5 hours of reading you complete!

Q:  Does coming to the Library's storytimes count?
A:  Yes, listening to someone read counts towards each day's 20-minute goal.

Teen Reading Program

Q: Which program is right for 12-year-olds?
A: Twelve-year-olds may choose the reading program that appeals to them the most. If they  participate in the children's program, they will count days, and receive children's prizes; if they participate in the teen program, they will count minutes, and receive teen prizes. They may only participate in one of the programs, not both.

Q: How do we use the new teen logs?
A: All official recordkeeping will be through our new online system, available through our website. You are welcome to track your reading any way you like at home, but to keep lines short, please have your online log up to date before you come to claim a prize.

You can log on at home, or at the library. If you do not have Interet access outside of the library, please know the library has Internet-connected computers available for your use, and also free WiFi available for your devices.

Q: When can readers collect their incentives?
A: Readers may receive incentives whenever they complete 5 hours. Your online log will let you know when you've earned a prize.

No incentives will be given after the program ends Aug. 4.

Storytimes and Special Performances

Q: Can people attend the storytimes and special programs without having a library card?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there limits to the number of people who can attend the library's programs?
A: Yes. All programs in the library's meeting rooms must abide by fire code regulations.

Some of our special performances draw very large crowds; we recommend guests arrive up to 30 minutes early for those programs. When possible, we try to offer second performances for our most popular shows; we have found that the second performances usually have smaller crowds, increasing the odds that all guests will be admitted.


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