Summer Reading Program at the Williamsburg Library!
Sign up and start reading. Come to the library each week to get coupons or instant WIN tickets!
Enrollment for Summer Reading 2018 starts June 11 and title-sharing begins June 18. Sign up here!
- All children, from birth to those entering grade 12 who live in Williamsburg, James City, or York counties. Children who are ineligible to enroll in the reading program are invited to enjoy all of our other summer programs.
- Register for the reading club and receive your first badge (online or at library buildings or the mobile library). You can register anytime during the program. You need your library card to register in person/online. Program ends Aug 13th
- Keep track of your books or your minutes by adding them to your log online or come to the library and they will log them for you.
- Come to the library each week to get coupons or instant win tickets (make sure to get your green library bag, your lanyard and fill it with buttons each week). Read 40 book and get a GOLD Library Card!!
Sign up below for one of two options: birth to rising grade 5 OR rising grade 6 – rising grade 12!
Williamsburg Regional Library
Summer Reading Program FAQs
Q. What is the Summer Reading Program?
A. The Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), with the generous support of the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library, the Herbert Friedman Library Fund, and other donors, offers the Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children from birth to rising 12th graders who live in Williamsburg, James City, or York counties. The SRP offers families the chance to enjoy reading
throughout the summer by encouraging children to log their reading, receive book recommendations, visit the library to share their titles, and pick up fun coupons or game tickets weekly. Near the end of the summer, each child registered will have a chance to choose one book to take home during the Free Book Weeks. Children in the younger programs will earn book character buttons each week; those who have read 40 books will earn a special gold library card. Kids in the older program will earn Scratch & Win instant game play tickets for a chance at weekly prizes. Don’t forget to pick up your Summer Reading Calendar to see all the other great events we offer in the summer!
Q. What do you mean by “younger” and “older” programs?
A. The SRP is divided into two programs based on your child’s grade level: the “younger”program for children from Birth-5th Grade, and the “older” program for children from 6th-12th Grade. You will automatically be offered the correct program for each child based on the grade level you have entered in his/her Beanstack profile. (Please note that when you log into Beanstack, you will see that the younger program is further divided into Birth-Preschool and Kindergarten-5th Grade. This is for statistical purposes only; both of these age groups are in the younger program.) This year’s younger program theme is Read with Friends. Children will receive coupons and character buttons for library visits, and earn electronic badges for logging books. Children who log 40 books during the program dates will earn a special gold library card. The major prize for this program is the free book the children get to select during the Free Book Weeks.
The older program is for children in 6th-12th Grade; this year’s theme is #GameOn. This program works a little differently to reflect the changing habits of our growing readers. Kids in the #GameOn program log minutes rather than books, as their books grow longer and their reading abilities and interests begin to vary more widely. They will earn a Scratch & Win instant game play
ticket for logging minutes and for each weekly library visit. Winning ticket holders can choose from one of several instant prizes, thanks to the wonderful donors who support our Summer Reading Program. The major prize for the #GameOn program is the free book the kids get to select during the Free Book Weeks.
Q. What are the dates of the Summer Reading Program?
A. Registration begins Monday, June 11. You may log your reading beginning on this day. You may register at any time during the program. The first day to visit the library to share titles will be Monday, June 18. The last day to share titles will be Sunday, August 12. SRP weeks run from Monday through Sunday.
Q. How do I sign up?
A. To register for the program, go to either WRL location, a Mobile Library Services (MLS) stop, or online at wrl.beanstack.org. Remember to bring your library card with you to register. The library uses Beanstack, an online portal, to register families for reading programs. You will create a Beanstack account for your family that allows you to add profiles for your children and choose the appropriate age-level program for each child.
Q. I created a Beanstack account last year. Do I have to create a new one?
A. No, your account is still active. But please take a moment to review your information foraccuracy the first time you log in. Select “Account” to review and update your information. You will still need to register each child for this year’s program. Additionally, if you have not previously entered your child’s grade, you will need to do it now so he/she can be placed in the correct program. If you are unable to log in or do not remember your email and password, please ask a Youth Services
librarian, who will be happy to help.
Q. I don’t want to use the online log. Can I still participate?
A. Absolutely. Just ask a Youth Services librarian for a paper log and bring it when you come to visit the library. We will still create a Beanstack account for you so that we can find your registration information at either building, but you do not have to log on.
Q. My children are in more than one age group. Do I have to create separate accounts for them?
A. No, you can use the same account login and password for your entire family. Once you’ve logged in, add a profile for each of your children. When you enter the grade for each child, Beanstack will offer the correct Summer Reading Program for his/her age group. You may also “share” a child’s reading profile with other account holders, such as grandparents and other caregivers.
Q. My child is in between ages/grades. How do I know which program to register him/her for?
A. When you add a child’s profile to your account, Beanstack will ask you what grade he/she is going into in the fall, and will offer the correct program based on that information. If you already had an account from last year, please note that you may need to update your child’s information with his/her grade to be able to select the correct program.
Q. My kids will be with other family members for part of the summer. Can I have someone else log
books for my kids?
A. Yes, you can share access to your child’s reader page with family members and teachers so that they can see your list of selected books and learning guides. To do so, go to your child’s homepage, select “Personalize” and then “Share this Reader.” You can then add the email address of the person(s) you want to invite. They will receive a share code to enter to be able to access your child’s reader profile. You’ll be able to see when that person has accepted your invite and can also revoke their access at any time. You both may now update and edit that reader’s profile as needed.
Q. What does a library visit consist of?
A. The summer reading program is built to promote consistent reading throughout the long weeks away from school, so we encourage families to visit the library often by offering different coupons and programs each week. Once each week, you can come to one of the library buildings or an MLS stop and share what you’ve read that week with a summer reading assistant. Summer reading assistants are in the YS Program Rooms at each building during library hours from 30 minutes after opening until one hour before closing. (If no reading assistant is available, you can always come to the Youth Services desk to share your titles.) Program weeks run from Monday through Sunday. The summer reading assistant will check off that you’ve visited and offer you that week’s coupon or Scratch & Win ticket. Each week there will be a book character button and a different coupon available for Read with Friends participants and different instant win prizes available for #GameOn participants. Be sure to check out our Summer Reading Calendar for all the other great events going on at the library!
Q. We don’t come to the library each week, or we plan to be out of town for a couple weeks. Can we
A. Certainly! While we’d love to see you every week, we understand how busy summers can be. You can sign up at any time during the program and come when you can. You’ll still be able to get the coupon or ticket for the weeks that you come, and best of all, you will still be eligible to select a free book during the Free Book Weeks! And of course, you can keep up with your reading log online from anywhere.
Q. Do we have to only visit the building where we registered?
A. No – one of the most useful features of Beanstack is that you can access your account and reading log from any computer. So you can visit WL, JCCL, or an MLS stop and we’ll still be able to look you up on Beanstack. If you’re using a paper log, just remember to bring it along.
Q. Do my kids have to talk to someone about their books?
A. We LOVE to hear all about what you’ve been reading, and sharing books with others often brings children more enjoyment in the reading process and helps to encourage literacy skills. But if your child finds it overwhelming to speak to strangers, they certainly do not have to. Alternatively, they could draw a picture of what they’ve read or simply share the log during a library visit.
Q. How do I use the log?
A. If you are in the Read with Friends program, you will log books. If you are in the #GameOn program, you will log minutes. Simply click on “Add to the Log” and begin to type the title of your book. Many titles are already in the Beanstack database, and these will pop up based on what you have typed. You may select one of these, or continue typing the title of your book. If you listened to a book at storytime or simply can’t remember the title, you can also type “Book” to get credit or ask a YS librarian for help.
Q. Can I log books that I didn’t get from this library?
A. Yes – any book you read from anywhere counts, and not just books! One of the best ways to help children continue reading during the summer months is to encourage them to engage with a variety of reading materials. Magazines, comic books, graphic novels, audiobooks, poetry, and eBooks are all great alternatives to reading traditional books. Simply type the title into your log if it is not in the Beanstack database. (Note that the weekly book recommendations are based on our library collection.
Q. Can I count books my child listened to?
A. Yes. Audiobooks, books from storytimes, family reading time, books read by older siblings – it all counts. Older children can also count the books they read aloud to younger siblings.
Q. What are the “Free Book Weeks”?
A. Due to the generous support of Friends of the WRL, we are pleased to be able to offer a grand prize of a free book to every child that is registered for the Summer Reading Program. During the Free Book Weeks, you can go to one of the library locations or an MLS stop and browse through a great selection of books. It’s like having little mini-bookstore at the library – but you get to choose a book for free! You can only select one book, but you can decide which week best fits your schedule and go to that location to make your choice.
Q. How do I sign up for – or turn off – the reading recommendation emails?
A. When you create an account with Beanstack and enter profiles for your children, you will automatically receive periodic emails from Beanstack. These emails include book recommendations based on your child’s age and any preferences you have indicated for him/her. Younger readers also receive learning tips for recommended books. The email may also include information about an
upcoming event at the library or any other special announcements we have for that week. To opt out of these emails, select your child’s profile and choose “No Emails” setting. Note that if you do opt out of emails, you may no longer receive important notices, such as reminders for the Free Book Weeks or earning a gold card.