Summer Reading

Maps of Imaginary Places Scavenger Hunt

Deadline to submit your answers is Friday, July 31

portion of Adventure map from Cushing exhibit

TAMU Libraries, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives will host a virtual exhibit on the Maps of Imaginary Places. Come join in the virtual fun with a map scavenger hunt for all ages! The scavenger hunt runs from July 22 to July 31. The scavenger hunt is open to all ages.

Summer Reading Program Deadline Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the Summer Reading Program ends July 31, 2020. Be sure to REGISTER and participate in the program online. You can register and participate up to the last date.

To be eligible for a prize drawing, you would need to have reached at least 300 points during the months of June and July. Have you read a great book lately and want to share it with others? Write a review and submit it Here; you must be logged into the summer reading website to access the Book Reviews page.

Thank you to Whataburger for providing kids meal coupons for our Summer Reading Program. Participants in the Early Literacy, Children or Teen programs, who have reached the 300 point milestone, can pick up a coupon at the Youth Services desk at Mounce or Ringer libraries, while supplies last.

Welcome to the Bryan + College Station Public Library System’s 2020 Summer Reading Program! We are excited that you are joining us online for a summer full of digitally delivered 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.

We will be adding new badges and challenges throughout the summer, so keep an eye out for our website and social media pages to see what’s going on with the library!

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, including an art contest for Children and Teens, and two writing contests for Adults.Even though we can’t gather, we want to engage with you. We love our library community, and we don’t want to lose touch! 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

summer reading program

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

Summer Reading Frequently Asked Questions

Where/how do I sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

If you would like to sign up for our online summer reading program, you may do so using any device with an internet connection here.

Does registering for an account automatically enroll me into the program?

Creating/Registering for an account does not automatically enroll you into the summer reading program. In order to participate in the program, aside from registering, you also must add yourself as a reader. Each participant must be added as a “reader” in the program to be officially enrolled.

How does it work?

Every week you can earn badges by participating in reading, crafts, storytimes, and other fun activities and by just logging your reading. You do not have to complete a book or have read for a minimal amount of time to receive credit. You can use the log online to keep track of your reading days. Enter 1 day for each day of reading after signing up; days can be entered individually or as a group. Book titles are optional and can be entered whether you have finished the book or not.

Do I or my child need a library card to sign up?

No, a library card is not required to participate in the summer reading program, however you must register online and add all participants as readers to participate.

Do I have to read books from the library?

No, you do not have to read books from the library. You can read or listen to books, any books. We also have Digital Resources where you can access and checkout e-books and e-audiobooks. Use your library card and password to access your account. If you do not have a virtual eCard or physical library card, register for free Virtual eCard here. For a physical library card, please visit our libraries during operating hours.

What kind of “books” count?

All books count! Any genre fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels. Listening to audiobooks counts as well.

What are the dates for the Summer Reading Program?

The Summer Reading Program starts on June 1, 2020 and ends on July 31, 2020. You can sign up at any time during this period.

Who is the program for?

The summer reading program is for all ages. When you sign up as a reader, chose the category you fit in; Early Literacy Program (Ages 5 and under); Children’s Program (Ages 6-12); Teens Program (Ages 13-18) and Adults Program (Ages 18 and up)

Are there physical prizes this year?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will only be gift card entry prizes based on entry drawing. When you participate in the program and complete your 30 days of reading, you will be entered automatically into the drawing. There will also be gift card drawings for writing and drawing contests. All prize recipients will be notified via email and/or phone. Please provide up-to-date information when creating your account so that you do not miss the opportunity to claim your prize.

Thank you to Whataburger for providing kids meal coupons for our Summer Reading Program. Participants in the Early Literacy, Children or Teen programs, who have reached the 300 point milestone, can pick up a coupon at the Youth Services desk at Mounce or Ringer libraries, while supplies last.

Why do you need my e-mail address to sign up for the Summer Reading Program?

If you should forget your password, an e-mail address is necessary to reset a new password so you can log into your Summer Reading account. The library will not use your e-mail address to solicit you in any way.

Do you want them to enter how many days it took them to read the book? Or just a book they read each day?

Readers earn points for every day that they read. So, if a book takes more than one day to read, you can either save logging for when the book is finished and enter the total number of days, or you can log once per day with the same title. Either is fine.

There is a section the says “Enter Secret Code” and “Activities.” What should we put here?

These are new features that we are still playing with. We’ll have new things coming out throughout the summer. You don’t need to do anything with those yet, but we’ll send out word through social media and our newsletter when we are able to implement some of the new program offerings through our online system.

Writing Contest

Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. So, unleash your inner storyteller and amaze us with your prose this summer!

There will be two rounds in our Summer Writing Contest and here’s everything you need to know to participate:

Contest Guidelines

  • Ages 18+
  • No more than 1500 words
  • Email submissions to areed@bryantx.gov
  • Submission must be attached to email (Word or PDF document)
  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of librarians
  • All entries must be an original work by the entrant and you can only submit once for each contest

Round 1 Topic: Ghost Stories

Round 2 Topic: Memoirs (A true story of your life)

  • Begins on July 1
  • Ends on July 22
  • Winner Announced: July 28
  • Winner receives a gift card

Art Contest for Ages 5 to 18

The Bryan+College Station Public Library System is having an art contest. This is not a digital art contest. Please see the guidelines below. There will be one winner per age group per library, for a total of 6 winners. Each winner will receive a $20 gift card to Michael’s arts and crafts store. If you have any questions, contact Elaine Platt at eplatt@bryantx.gov or (979) 209-5600.

Contest Guidelines

  • Contest open to ages 5 to 18
  • Age groups: 5-9, 10-14, 15-18
  • Flat pieces of art sized 18″ x 24″ or smaller
  • One of these mediums: chalk, paint, pencils, markers, crayons
  • Theme: “Imagine Your Story” with a focus on fairy tales, legends, mythology, and folklore
  • Turn in your entry at the Youth Services desk at Mounce Library or Ringer Library
  • July 1 to July 20 (deadline has been extended to Monday, July 20)
  • On the back of your artwork, include first and last name, age, and contact information
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