Summer Reading

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Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins on June 1. Go to summerreading.bcslibrary.org to sign up. Contact a librarian at (979) 209-5600 (Mounce) or (979) 209-6347 (Ringer) if you need help.

Online Registration Tutorial

Welcome to the Bryan + College Station Public Library System’s 2022 Summer Reading Program! The 2022 theme is Oceans of Possibilities. We are excited that you are joining us online for a summer full of programs from June 1 thru July 31.

When you register online for Summer Reading, you are signing up to read for 30 total days. And you can read anything! As you “level up” through the 30 days, you’ll earn badges, bragging rights, and the chance to earn prizes (like gift cards!). You will also be able to write book reviews for the books you love and want others to read.

Keep an eye out for our website and social media pages to see what’s going on with the library!

Reading Levels

We have four program levels this year, and every reader will choose the level that best applies to them:

  • Early Literacy: ages 5 and under
  • Children: ages 6-12
  • Teen: ages 13-18
  • Adult: ages 18 and up

The different levels help us to make sure you know about all of the events that you might be interested in, and we have so many fun things! In addition to events, we’re also hosting several contests with prizes this year. This summer, when you think of the library as you participate in our Summer Reading Program, we hope you will tag us on social media so we can interact!

  • Read for fun,
  • Engage in programs and activities,
  • Participate online to share reviews,
  • Earn cool badges towards reading goals,
  • Automatically be entered in drawings to win prizes,
  • And More

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Program Dates

The Summer Reading Program starts June 1, 2022, and ends July 31, 2022. Be sure to register and participate in the program online. You can register and participate up to the last date. Registration starts June 1.

To be eligible for a prize drawing, you would need to have reached at least 300 points during the months of June and July.

Funding for the summer reading program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Events

Adult Writing Contest Begins June 1

  • Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2022
  • Ages: 18 +
  • Word limit: 2000 words
  • Writing Prompt: You have discovered a shipwrecked boat, washed ashore. Tell us what happens next!
  • How to submit entries: Email submissions to Ashley at areed@bryantx.gov

How the writing submissions will be judged

Writing submissions will be judged on the following four criteria categories with scores ranging from 1 to 4 for each category:

ORGANIZATION

  • 4 (excellent) = The message engages the audience.
  • 3 (good) = The message is somewhat engaging.
  • 2 (fair) = The message is slightly engaging.
  • 1 (did not meet) = The message does not engage the audience.

IDEAS (originality)

  • 4 (excellent) = Essay captures and maintains the reader’s attention.
  • 3 (good) = Essay captures the reader’s attention but does not maintain it throughout.
  • 2 (fair) = Essay does not capture the reader’s attention right away but includes interesting details.
  • 1 (did not meet) = Essay does not capture nor maintain the reader’s attention.

LITERARY STYLE, GRAMMAR AND SPELLING

  • 4 (excellent) = Literary style completely clear and effective, excellent grammar and spelling
  • 3 (good) = Literary style partially clear and effective, good grammar and spelling
  • 2 (fair) = Use of literary technique to convey main ideas but lacking clarity
  • 1 (did not meet) = Lacks use of literary technique

VOICE

  • 4 (excellent) = Writer’s unique perspective is very evident.
  • 3 (good) = Writer’s unique perspective is evident.
  • 2 (fair) = Writer’s unique perspective is somewhat evident.
  • 1 (did not meet) = Writer’s unique perspective is not evident.

For more information, contact Ashley at areed@bryantx.gov or (979) 209-6347.

Art Contests Begin July 1

Do you have artistic talent? The Bryan + College Station Public Library System is having two art contests as a part of our Summer Reading Program, one for ages 18-and-under, and a separate contest for adults.

The 18-and-under contest

This year’s summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities,” so we’re looking for original artwork that combines the concepts of oceans and reading.

Here’s all the information and guidelines you need to know about the 18-and-under contest:

  • Dates: Contest opens July 1, and submission deadline is July 22.
  • Theme: “Oceans of Possibilities” – Combine the concepts of oceans and reading in an original artwork.
  • Where to submit your artwork: Art can be dropped off at either Mounce Library or Ringer Library starting on July 1. Please be sure to tape a contact information card, provided by the library, to the backside of your work when you drop it off. (We prefer you submit your artwork to the library location where you want it displayed.)
  • Choose your medium: Chalk, paint, pencils, markers or crayons. (This is not a digital art contest.)
  • Size requirements: Only flat pieces of art, on paper or canvas, size 18” x 24” or smaller will be judged. (Please do not bring a framed artwork.)
  • Five age groups: Ages 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11–14; and 15–18.
  • Judging: All entries from both libraries will be grouped together for judging. There will be one winner in each age category, so five winners total.
  • Prizes: The prize for each age group will be an art set.
  • Displaying the artwork: After judging, art will be displayed at the library designated by you on the contact form. (We prefer you submit your artwork to the library location where you want it displayed.)
  • Copyright release form: You will need to fill out a copyright release form. You can fill out the form online, download and print out a pdf, or pick up a printed copy at the library. If you are not filling out the form online, you will need to return the completed form to the library in person or scan in a signed copy and email it.
  • When to pick up your artwork: Artwork must be picked up by August 31, or it will be discarded.

The Adult contest

There’s no limits on what people can accomplish artistically, so for our adult contest there’s no theme to follow or medium requirements (sculpture is welcome). We want to see original works of art that showcase the talent we have here in the Brazos Valley.

Here’s all the information and guidelines you need to know about the Adult contest:

  • Dates: Contest opens July 1, and submission deadline is July 22.
  • Where to submit your artwork: Art can be dropped off at either Mounce Library or Ringer Library starting on July 1. Please be sure to tape a contact information card, provided by the library, to the backside of your work when you drop it off. (We prefer you submit your artwork to the library location where you want it displayed.)
  • Size requirements: Artworks should be no larger that 24″ x 24″ x 24″.
  • Judging: All entries from both libraries will be grouped together for judging. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place overall.
  • Prizes: First prize: Art set; Second prize: $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and board game; Third prize: 3D lamp, story journal and notepad
  • Displaying the artwork: After judging, art will be displayed at the library designated by you on the contact form. (We prefer you submit your artwork to the library location where you want it displayed.)
  • Copyright release form: You will need to fill out a copyright release form, and a parent or guardian will need to sign it. You can fill out the form online, download and print out a pdf, or pick up a printed copy at the library. If you are not filling out the form online, you will need to return the completed form to the library in person or scan in a signed copy and email it.
  • When to pick up your artwork: Artwork must be picked up by August 31, or it will be discarded.

Prizes will be awarded and given out starting July 1

At the end of 30 days of reading, come to the library for a Completion Prize (early literacy, kids, teens) and be entered into the drawing for a Grand Prize (one winner per age group per library). Reading logs must be turned in by July 31 (ask a librarian if you need help). Grand prize drawings will be held August 1, and winners will be notified by email.

EARLY LITERACY GRAND PRIZE (AGES 0-5)

Ocean-themed sensory bin, Who Do You See? Ocean theme crinkle cloth book published by Bebe Mondo, Crayola Super Coloring Kit, and Let’s Go Fishing motorized game

CHILDREN’S GRAND PRIZE (AGES 6-12)

Drawing Art set, sketch pads, Deep Sea Creatures Lego set, Children’s Guide to Sea Creatures book by Jinny Johnson (published by Simon & Schuster), and Writing Tablet Doodle Board

TEEN GRAND PRIZE (AGES 13-18)

Fujifilm Instax Mini instant camera and film

ADULT GRAND PRIZE (AGES 18+)

Cozy Reading Basket including a book (Beach Read by Emily Henry), beach towel, coffee mug, tote bag, puzzle, and coffee gift card

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