Summer Reading at PWPL is an annual program that combines quality programs, challenges, and incentives to keep children, young adults, and adults reading and coming to our libraries throughout the summer. This year, we are using our imaginations and creativity with the theme “Imagine Your Story.”
Our libraries are offering virtual programs conducted by trained staff, community partners, and live performers. These include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) elements that spark a love of learning through music, puppetry, theatre, story times, crafts, and other great programs. In addition, challenges with prizes and incentives along the way excite and engage people of all ages.
Summer Reading is developed in close collaboration with area public schools. The program supports school system initiatives by aligning public library programs with school literacy goals.
Research shows that students who don’t engage in learning activities during the summer can get caught in the “summer slide” and forget what they learned during the long break. By the end of 6th grade, students who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. Reading as few as four books can help students maintain – and even increase – their reading skills during the summer.
Just complete each activity and cross it off! It doesn’t matter what order you go in, as long as you complete 10 activities to get a free book and entry into a grand prize drawing. Complete all 25 activities for a bonus entry into the grand prize drawing.
Besides tracking your progress on the printed game card, you can also register online or through the Beanstack Tracker app on your mobile device, available for download on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Kids and young adults: You do not have to have a library card to participate in Summer Reading, even if you’re just visiting for the summer. Adults do have to have a PWPL library card to participate in Adult Summer Reading.
The game cards offer suggestions to help you choose something exciting to read or a fun activity to complete. You can read books, e-books, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels, and even magazines. You can also ask a librarian for inspiration!
Although we encourage kids to come in to pick up their prizes, parents and guardians can get prizes or turn in game cards without the child(ren) being present.
Don’t worry – when you come in after you’ve completed 10 activities, a staff member enters your accomplishments into our system. That way, if you accidentally lose your game card, we can get you a new one right where you left off.
You can participate for any part of Summer Reading (June 14 – August 15). If you know you’re going to be out of the area for most of the Summer Reading program, you may want to track your progress online or on the Beanstack Tracker app instead. You can enter your progress after you register and our library staff will be able to see your progress when you come visit us again. If you’re going to be away the whole time, we suggest you check out the summer reading program of the local library where you’re visiting or moving to.
Prince William Public Libraries cannot use the Prince William County budget for Summer Reading. The program is fully funded by corporate and community sponsorships and grants.
Every year, we receive an impressive support in the form of monetary donations and coupons for products and services at local businesses. Thank you, Prince William County and Manassas City community. Without your support, we could not continue to offer the quality level of programming our patrons have come to love.
For live programs that are being recorded, the moderator will note at the beginning of the program that the program is being recorded. By virtue of registering for the program, participants are consenting to being recorded.
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