It's that time of year again: Summer Reading Time! The 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Every Hero Has a Story begins June 1 and your local children's librarians are hard at work creating databases, scheduling school visits, and sorting and distributing all sorts of fabulous prizes. Like these!
(Yes, those are TMNT erasers and yes, that is a giant Frozen pencil.)
This is my fifth year of summer reading and some things, like the popularity of Hot Wheels cars, never change. But there is one big change this year: Participants will record the number of minutes spent reading, instead of the number of books read. Yes, that's right--instead of logging how many books your kiddos read, you will simply tally the number of minutes read between June 1 and August 8.
Why the change, you ask?
Two big reasons: First, we hope to level the playing field (er, raffle drawings) for older kids who spend a lot of time reading huge books. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, for example, at 309 pages, would count as one book in the old program but approximately 300 minutes in the new program. (That's "bonus prize" level right there!) Also, the minutes method is consistent with other reading programs such as those at area schools and the I Love to Read program.
As always, the more kids read, the more prizes they will be eligible to win. Here's how it works:
- 200 minutes = coupon for food or service
- 300 minutes = a bonus prize
- 400 minutes = a free book
- 500 minutes = entry into our exclusive SRC raffle
For every 100 minutes read after 500, kids will receive another entry into the raffle for additional chances to win exclusive prizes such as bikes and scooters!
But wait! There's more! This summer, for the first time ever, SJCPL has a children's blogger who is dedicating her blog space to our children's librarian superheroes. Starting May 29, I will profile each of our children's librarians at each of our 10 locations. AND SJCPL Jr. will feature a video starring that week's featured librarian. It's Every Children's Librarian Has a Story, brought to you by SJCPL's Super Mel!
To get in the SRC superhero spirit, check out this video of Linda Conyers, super librarian and SJCPL's Public Service Coordinator, reading My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long.
Ready to get started? Pre-registration has begun! Though you won't be able to log minutes or pick up prizes until June 1, you can beat the crowd and register early at the public service desk of your nearest SJCPL location.
Tune in next week for our first SRC superhero!