2022 Summer Reading Programs
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2022 Summer Reading Programs

PATRON NOTICE: IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE 9AM ON JUNE 3RD, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED. CURRENTLY REGISTRATION IS ALLOWED FOR STAFF TO GO THROUGH AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE UP TO DATE ON THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. WE WILL RESET ALL ACCOUNTS AT 9AM ON JUNE 3RD WHEN REGISTRATION OFFICALLY OPENS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, adults — everyone! Children too young to read by themselves are welcome to participate by having a parent or caretaker sign them up and read to them.

What are the requirements to finish this year’s summer reading?

Early Readers: Birth – Rising 1st Grade / 10 Picture Books
Elementary: Rising 2nd Grade – Rising 5th Grade / 4 Chapter Books (Limit 1 Graphic Novel)
Teen: Rising 6th Grade – Rising 12th Grade / 4 YA Books (Limit1 Graphic Novel)
Adults : 18+/ 3 Adult Fiction or NonFiction books

All books must be read between June 3rd - July 15th

My child has a disability that makes it hard to complete their age requirements. Do you accomodate children?

Of course! We want to make sure the Summer Reading Program is open to all! However, we ask that you not put them in a different program or they might unintentionally get knocked out of the program. Instead, contact our staff member in charge of READsquared, Jessica Howard, at 941-3033 or jhoward@greenwoodcountylibrary.org to make any accomodations.

My elementary child reads beyond their grade level. Can they move up to the teen program?

Unfortunately, no. There are chapter books that cross over between Elementary and Middle School that they can read for the Elementary program. The Teen Center and Children's Room staff will happily help you find age-appropriate, but challenging, books for your child. We do encourage them to keep reading to try to become a Star Reader. (See below.)

My child wants to read graphic novels. Can they read more than one, and can it be a manga or comic?

No. Out of the four books they are required to read only one can be a graphic novel. Comics and manga are counted under the umbrella term of graphic novels for the Summer Reading Program. Children's Room or Teen Center staff can help them find books they may enjoy.

How many books can I log a day?

You can log two books a day.

How do I log my books?

Children and Teens need to log their books online in READsquared before July 15th @ 11:59PM. Adults are encouraged to log online but can also turn in paper forms at the Circulation Desk at any of the three branch libraries.

Why can’t Children and Teen use paper forms?

Time. Children’s Room and Teen Center staff end up having to enter all the information from the paper forms manually in READsquared, which takes us away from providing more programs and assistance. Also, online logging allows us to see real time engagement and create Leaderboards to encourage competition. (See below for information on Leaderboards and Star Readers.)

I’m terrible at computers! Can you help me?

Yes! Staff at any of the branches, or in the Children’s Room and Teen Center will be happy to walk you through registering and how to use the READsquared app and website. You can also use the Library Computer Lab to register and log books if you do not have internet at home. Due to the busy nature of the Circulation Desk, they might not be able to help register patrons online.

Can I count books that I read on my computer or e-reader?

Of course! It’s all the same to us.

Can I count books that I read to my kids?

For sure! We love when you read to your kids!

Can I count audiobooks?

You bet!

Can I join the program after its official start date?

Yes! And if you can remember any reading that you’ve done after the official start date, you’re welcome to go back and count that.

Can I count reading that I’ve done before the official start date?

No. We do ask that you count only reading you’ve done within the official dates of the program.

This is too easy! Can I read more than the requirement?

YES! Children and Teens can keep logging books after they meet their program's minimum requirement to become a Star Reader.

Adults can log more if they'd like, but we do not have any extra incentives for them. (Sorry!)

What does a Star Reader receive?

We will recognize on Social Media all Star Readers who went beyond the minimum requirements. Also, the top three in each program (Early Readers/Elementary/Teen) will get a Star Reader t-shirt to show off their accomplishments! Keep an eye out on the Leaderboards to see your rank!

Where are the Leaderboards?

When you log into your account, you can see the Leaderboards in the right column. Click on the colored circles to toggle between Overall Rankings (everyone in the program), School Rankings (everyone in your school), and School District Rankings (everyone in your district). You can also see the Top 10 Schools. Homeschool and Private Schools have their own district to compete against each other.

Where can I find this summer's events? 

We have tons of events planned for the summer. You can always find program details at our website: www.greenwoodcountylibrary.org under the Programs Tab on the top navigation bar.

You can also access events right in READsquared. Log into your account and click on the Events button in the right column. You can also see Featured Events below the Leaderboards.

I’m registered at one branch, but I'm interested in an event at another. Can I still attend the event?

Yes! It doesn’t matter at what branch you registered or where you live! All branches of the Greenwood County Library serve our entire community!

Are you having any big events for children this year?

Yes. This year both events will be at the Main Library.

We will have the SC Aquarium on June 8th at 10AM. Since this is outside, we are not required to limit attendance.

Pork Chop Productions will present a play on July 7th at 10:30AM. Attendance will be limited due to building code restrictions. We will be giving away tickets for this event beginning June 30th until July 7th (or until we run out). You can pick them up at the Children’s Room Desk and the Branches. 

What happens when I finish my summer reading?

Stop by the appropriate department to get your Summer Reading Bag! Available while supplies last!

You will also be entered into the End of Summer Prize Drawing. (Entry does not guarantee a prize.)

 

I see you have sponsors and donors this year. Why?

We could not have offered all we have this year without the generous donations of our Summer Reading Sponsors and Donors. Our sponsors and individual donors have graciously given the Friends of the Library monetary donations that have allowed us to decorate more, to give out more prizes, and to offer new programming! Some of our Sponsors have also gifted us with gift certificates that we will give away at the End of Summer Reading.

Can I become a sponsor or donor next year?

Yes. We will begin taking sponsorship and donations for next year beginning in August. You can contact the Friends of the Library through Pattie Fender at pfender@greenwoodcountylibrary.org if you would like to be contacted.
 

Don't see your question? Contact Jessica Howard at 941-3033 or jhoward@greenwoodcountylibrary.org for support.

 

 


 

2022 Summer Reading
June 3rd - July 15th

Early Readers

  • Birth - Rising 1st Grade

  • Read 10 Picture books alone or read to by an adult

  • Complete the program to receive a Summer Reading Bag (while supplies last) and a chance to win a Summer Reading Prize at the End of Summer Prize Drawing

  • Continue logging books after you meet the requirement to become a Star Reader! The top three Star Readers will receive a Star Reader Shirt!

  • Books must be logged in to READsquared by July 15th at 11:59 PM

Elementary

  • Rising 2nd - Rising 5th Graders

  • Read 4 Chapter Books. You may substitute one graphic novel for a chapter book

  • Complete the program to receive a Summer Reading Bag (while supplies last) and a chance to win a Summer Reading Prize at the End of Summer Prize Drawing

  • Continue logging books after you meet the requirement to become a Star Reader! The top three Star Readers will receive a Star Reader Shirt!

  • Books must be logged in to READsquared by July 15th at 11:59 PM

Children's Main Contact

Children's Room
Phone Number
 
Jody Gable, Children's Services Coordinator
jgable@greenwoodcountylibrary.org - (864) 941-4659
 
  (864) 941 - 4656
 

Teen

  • Rising 6th - Rising 12th Graders

  • Read 4 Young Adult books. You may substitute one graphic novel for a chapter book.

  • Complete the program to receive a Summer Reading Bag (while supplies last) and a chance to win a Summer Reading Prize at the End of Summer Prize Drawing

  • Continue logging books after you meet the requirement to become a Star Reader! The top three Star Readers will receive a Star Reader Shirt!

  • Books must be logged in to READsquared by July 15th at 11:59 PM

Teen Main Contact

Teen Center Phone Number
 
Jessica Howard, Young Adult Services Coordinator
jhoward@greenwoodcountylibrary.org - (864) 941-3033
 
  (864) 941 - 3031
 
 
Adult Summer Reading
 
Adults can join our program this summer to read, attend engaging programming, and win prizes for completion

Register online or in person. Read 3 books between June 3, 2022- July 15, 2022

Complete your reading record with titles of books read

Turn in the form at any of the Greenwood County Library System branches or submit online 

You will also be entered for a chance to win Grand Prize Basket at the end of Summer Prize Drawing. (One basket available at each branch)

Pick up your completion prize (while supplies last)

Adult Main Contact

Circulation Phone Number

Tracey Goldman-Busbee, Circulation Manager
tbusbee@greenwoodcountylibrary.org - (864) 941-4653

  (864) 941 - 4650