Imagine Your Story
June 1 - July 31, 2020
What is the Summer Reading program?
Every summer for more than eighty years, the Metropolitan Library System has offered a Summer Reading program to keep kids and their families reading all summer long. We believe reading is a fundamental skill and a gateway to success in life. Summer Reading is a community tradition that promotes reading for fun and lifelong enrichment. We create a motivational framework for learning for all ages during the summer.
Summer is Coming!
Summer is almost here and that signals the arrival of the one thing kids everywhere look forward to – summer vacation. It’s the time when children and young adults have fun just being a “kid” and can’t wait for summer camp, pool time, family time or vacation. But one thing you may not be aware of during the summer is the "Summer Slide."
The Summer Slide isn’t a new feature at the local park or splash pad. No, the Summer Slide is what happens between school years when kids do not read or otherwise work to retain what they learned in school.
On average, children lose approximately two months of their reading achievement if they do not read during the summer. They typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they did on the same test at the beginning of the summer. And these few months of reading loss accumulate over the years. By the time kids reach middle school, those who haven’t read during the summers may have lost as much as two years worth of achievement!
The good news is the Summer Slide can easily be prevented.
How do I prevent the Summer Slide?
Reading for just 20 minutes a day, helps kids maintain the reading skills they developed during the school year. Not only will it help them stay on track when school starts back, but with reading they can experience a summer of adventure by stimulating their imaginations.
Signing up for the Summer Reading Program is the best way for your child to keep reading over the summer. Summer Reading starts June 1 and continues through July 31.
Have your children pick out their own books and take the books with them everywhere they go: road trips, the doctor’s office, grandma’s house. Listen to audiobooks at night or in the car. Listening to audiobooks or listening to someone read aloud benefits everyone. Reading aloud helps build vocabulary skils while listening builds vocabulary and listening comprehension skills, and also increases our knowledge.
Adults can model lifelong learning by participating in the program with their children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends. Help your children prevent the Summer Slide by reading 20 minutes a day this summer! Sign up, track your reading, and earn incentives.
Whether you visit relatives, enjoy a week at camp, or have a staycation at home, make summer even more fun by reading a little everyday!
More ways to beat the Summer Slide!
- Read every day. Read non-fiction, fiction, eBooks, poetry, or newspapers or read out loud for at least 20 minutes a day!
- Cook with your children. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook or let your child design the menu for a meal.
- Plant a garden. Your child will learn responsibility and take pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.
- Take a field trip. Head out to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails. Keep a journal about your travels.
- Learn a new word each week. Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.
- Enroll in our summer reading program as it will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.
- Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.
- Listen to audiobooks during your summer road trip.
- Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook. Encourage your children to write narratives to accompany the pictures.
- Make time to read. We can't stress it enough: if your child does nothing else this summer, make sure they read!
Adapted from Stephanie Jefferson, founder of Little Scholars (www.littlescholars.com).
How do I participate?
Sign in or Register for an Account on Beanstack
By visiting our online summer reading software you can login with your account information from previous years. If you are new to summer reading, you can create a login!
If you would like to be eligible for drawing prizes, please list your library card on your account when you sign up.
Register for this year’s program
After signing in and creating a Beanstack account, you will need to register for this year's Summer Reading program. If you do not register, you cannot log reading, earn badges and prizes, or be eligible for prize drawings. You must register each year to participate in the current Summer Reading program.
Log reading minutes and activities to earn badges and prizes.
Receive prizes at 600 points.
Continue logging to earn more points.
Scroll up to learn more about this year's prizes
No Internet Access? No Problem
You can keep track of the time spent reading through a paper log or remembering which days they read and for how long. Visit with a library staff member to help enter information into his/her online log.
Summer Reading Prizes
Log reading minutes and learning activities to earn badges and prizes.
- 5 Minutes = 5 Points
- 1 Reading Activity = 5 points
Receive prizes and badges when you earn 600 points.
Prizes for All Ages
- 600 Point Badge
- Completion Certificate
- 2 Books of Your Choice* or a Metro Library Tote*
- Entry in Random Gift Drawing if library card is on Summer Reading account
*While supplies and selection last
Prize pickup is August 1-31. Visit your neighborhood library to learn how to select and redeem your prizes.
Note: prize selection and availability vary by location.
July Prize Drawings
|Early Childhood||Children, Teens, & Adults|
Melissa and Doug Vet Play Set
Noise Cancelling Headphones
|Number of Winners||19||57|
|Drawing Date||Monday, August 2, 2021||Monday, August 2, 2021|
Grand Prize Drawing
|Early Childhood||Children, Teens & Adults|
Prize Pack and Play Sets
Apple iPad and AirPods
|Number of Winners||1||3|
|Drawing Date||Monday, August 2, 2021||Monday, August 2, 2021|
Downloads & Printables
|Activity Guides||Activity Logs|
Read it Forward
We believe the library is the community's hub for critical thinking, creativity, and learning-- and reaching all members of our community is important to us.
This year, we have established a community goal of 10 million points. You help us reach our goal by reading and learning this summer and logging online or through a paper log! If we reach our goal, Library customers Reading It Forward, The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System and the Library Endowment Trust will donate approximately 4000 books to children in need in our community – all thanks to you for reading and earning points.