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Early Childhood
How to Participate
  1. Register online!
  2. Spend any amount of time reading.
  3. Mark each day you spend time reading on your calendar log sheet. You can read for any amount of time & mark the day. You determine what works for your child! You can color the box, X the box, check the box, or whatever! As long as it is easy to tell which days you read!
  4. Turn in your calendar at the Hays Public Library Children's desk.
1 marked calendar day = 1 raffle ticket

6 by 6 Literacy Activities
  1. Complete a 6 by 6 activity.
  2. Mark each 6 by 6 circle you complete. You can color the circle, X the circle, check the circle, or whatever! As long as it is easy to tell which 6 by 6 activities you completed!
  3. Turn in your logs at the Hays Public Library Children's desk.
1 activity = 1 raffle ticket

FAQ
What is the last day to register?
Registration is open now through July 31st. You need to register before turning in your reading logs.

Should I register my baby?
Yes! We recommend starting to read to your child from birth (or even while in utero)! Children born before May 1, 2018 must complete 60 days or more of reading to attend the Pool Party.

When can I start logging my reading?
You can start logging May 1st.

Where do I get logs?
You can print from the website, or come into the library to pick one up.

I have multiple children. Do I have to fill out a log for each child?
No. If all the children are read to on the same days, you can use just ONE log! Just tell the librarian the names of ALL the children the log is for when you turn it in. However, if children are read to on different days then they need separate logs.

How many books do I need to read to mark the day on my log?
We recommend reading for at least 10 minutes a day. However, you can mark the day for any amount of time spent reading. We do not require a certain number of books. We do not track the number of books read.

How much time do I need to spend reading to mark the day on my log?
We recommend reading for at least 10 minutes a day. However, you can mark the day for any amount of time spent reading. You do not need to keep track of the amount of time you spend reading.

When do I turn in my logs?
Turn in logs at your convenience. You must turn your logs in to the Children’s desk during open library hours. You can turn them in weekly, monthly, or whatever works best for you. All logs are due by July 31st. We recommend Early Childhood logs be turned in every 2 weeks. However, every child & family is different so we also recommend doing what is best for you!

What day is the last day to turn in logs?
July 31st by 8 PM

If I read 60 days, do I ONLY get one prize?
Reading adds up all summer. You never start back at 0. If you read 60 days, you earn prizes for 20 days, 40 days, and 60 days. You get a Wendy’s Frosty coupon, book, and qualify for the pool party! Plus, you get to choose one of: Stuffed Animal, Kinetic Sand, 20 Blocks, Sternberg Museum pass, Centennial Lanes bowling pass, or Cerv’s Snoball Coupon 5 pack

Do 6 by 6 Literacy Activities count as days?
6 by 6 Literacy Activities only earn you raffle tickets. Literacy activities do not count as reading on a day, unless the literacy activity includes reading. If the literacy activity includes reading, remember to mark your Reading Calendar that day.

Can I do a 6 by 6 Literacy Activity more than once?
Yes! We hope you do the literacy activities many many times! Repetition is great for your child. If you choose, you can put tally marks on the activity box for how many times you do it. Or you can complete a new 6 by 6 Literacy Activity log for each time you do the activity. Whichever way works best for you works for us.

Do I have to complete every activity on the 6 by 6 Literacy Activities log?
No. Complete the activities that interest your child. If an activity does not interest you or does not work for you, skip it. Only do the activities you want to do!

If I do 6 by 6 Literacy Activities, do I qualify to attend the pool party?
No. To qualify for the Pool Party you must turn in Reading Calendars. The days read must total at least 60 days.

How do I get raffle tickets?
Your completed reading logs can be redeemed for raffle tickets and prizes. Early Childhood receives one raffle ticket for each day marked on the Reading Calendar. Additional raffle tickets are available to Early Childhood for completing 6 by 6 Literacy Activities. One raffle ticket will be awarded for each 6 by 6 Literacy Activity completed.

What do I do with the raffle tickets?
Write your assigned Participant Number (or your first & last name) on the back of each raffle ticket. Then, put your raffle tickets in the raffle box marked with the prize you want to try to win. You can choose how many raffle tickets to enter in each raffle box. You can enter in as many different raffle boxes as you choose.

Do I have to be present to win a raffle item?
No you do not have to be present to win. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th.

When will you draw the raffle prize winners?
Raffle prizes will be drawn on August 1st. The drawing is not open to the public (it takes hours…and is really boring!). If you win, library staff will send a notification e-mail by August 2nd. Winners will be announced at the Pool Party, and posted at the library.

How long do I have to pick up my prizes?
Raffle prizes can be picked up from August 2nd to August 10th. All level prizes must be picked up by August 10th.

When is the Pool Party?
Sunday, August 5th 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM.

What do I need to do to attend the Pool Party?
You must read 60 days or more to attend. Even babies (born before May 1, 2018) must read 60 days or more to attend. Reading Calendars for the 60 days must be turned in by 8pm July 31st to qualify. Children who read less than 60 days will not be admitted to the Pool Party at Hays Aquatic Park. Babies born on or after May 1, 2018 will be admitted to the Pool Party, even if they do not read the minimum of 60 days or do not participate in summer reading.

Can my baby attend the Pool Party?
Babies born before May 1, 2018 must read 60 days or more to attend. Babies born on or after May 1, 2018 will be admitted to the Pool Party, even if they do not read the minimum of 60 days or do not participate in summer reading.

Can I bring…a friend/my sister/my cousin/etc to the Pool Party?
Only those children who read 60 days or more will be admitted to the Pool Party. You are welcome to bring any number of adults with you to celebrate your success! Anyone age 12 & up is considered an adult. Feel free to invite parents, grandparents, babysitters, aunts, uncles, or other adults that are special to you. Just remember, only children who have read 60 days or more will be allowed into the Pool Party. If your sibling is in elementary school, your sibling should participate in Elementary Summer Reading to qualify for the pool party.

Does an adult need to attend the Pool Party with my child?
Any child under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. The caregiver must be a minimum of 12 years old.

Libraries Rock does not work for my child. Will the library make accommodations?
Yes. If the design of Libraries Rock does not work for your child, schedule an appointment with Cathleen. Individualized summer reading plans are available.

Can I do summer reading if I am out of town?
Yes, you can! Record your reading on your paper logs. Then, get them turned in by July 31st. If you can’t get the logs to the library personally, you can make arrangements with Cathleen to mail or e-mail them.

Does it count if someone reads to me?
Yes! We expect that most children in Early Childhood Summer Reading will be read to by others.

If I bring my child to story time, does that count for a day on the log?
Yes! Early Childhood may count any amount of time being read to by any person for a day.

Does it count if I read a book that I have read before?
Yes! Any reading completed between May 1st and July 31st counts. So feel free to ask your parents to read you the same bedtime story every night, or re-read one of your favorites!

What happens if I cheat on my logs?
Dishonesty makes us sad. If you are dishonest on your logs, you must forfeit all prizes.


Printable Logs
Prizes

Pool Party


Elementary
How to Participate
  1. Register online!
  2. Mark one music note on your log sheet for every 15 minutes you read.
  3. Turn in your log at the Hays Public Library Children’s desk.
30 minutes of reading = 1 raffle ticket

FAQ
What is the last day to register?
Registration is open now through July 31st.

When can I start logging my reading?
You can start logging May 1st.

Where do I get logs?
You can print from the website, or come into the library to pick one up.

When do I turn in my logs?
Turn in logs at your convenience. You must turn your logs in to the Children’s desk during open library hours. You can turn them in weekly, monthly, or whatever works best for you. All logs are due by July 31st. We recommend Elementary logs be turned in monthly. However, every child & family is different so we also recommend doing what is best for you!

What day is the last day to turn in logs?
July 31st by 8 PM

If I read for 30 hours, do I ONLY get a snoball for a prize?
Reading adds up all summer. You never start back at 0. If you read for 30 hours, you earn prizes for 10 hours, 20 hours, and 30 hours. You get a Wendy’s Frosty coupon, book, and qualify for the pool party! Plus, you get to choose one of: Stuffed Animal, Kinetic Sand, 20 Blocks, Sternberg Museum pass, Centennial Lanes bowling pass, or Cerv’s Snoball Coupon 5 pack.

How do I get raffle tickets?
Your completed reading logs can be redeemed for raffle tickets and prizes. Elementary receives 1 raffle ticket for every 30 minutes marked on the Time Log.

What do I do with the raffle tickets?
Write your assigned Participant Number (or your first & last name) on the back of each raffle ticket. Then, put your raffle tickets in the box(es) for the prizes you want to try to win.

Do I have to be present to win a raffle item?
No you do not have to be present to win. Prizes must be picked up by August 10th.

When will you draw the raffle prize winners?
Raffle prizes will be drawn on August 1st. The drawing is not open to the public (it takes hours…and is really boring!). If you win, library staff will send a notification email by August 2nd. Winners will be announced at the Pool Party, and posted at the library.

How long do I have to pick up my prizes?
Raffle prizes can be picked up from August 2nd to August 10th. All level prizes must be picked up by August 10th.

What do I need to do to get to go to the Pool Party?
You must read 30 hours or more to attend. Reading logs for the 30 hours must be turned in by 8pm July 31st to qualify. Children who read less than 30 hours, regardless of age, will not be admitted to the Pool Party at Hays Aquatic Park.

When is the Pool Party?
August 5th 6:15pm-8:15pm at Hays Aquatic Park.

Can I bring…a friend/my sister/my cousin/etc to the Pool Party?
Only those children who read 30 hours or more will be admitted to the Pool Party. You are welcome to bring any number of adults with you to celebrate your success! Anyone age 12 & up is considered an adult. Feel free to invite parents, grandparents, babysitters, aunts, uncles, or other adults that are special to you. Just remember, only children who have read 30 hours or more will be allowed into the Pool Party. If your sibling is not in elementary school yet, your sibling should participate in Early Childhood Summer Reading to qualify for the pool party.

Does an adult need to attend the Pool Party with my child?
Any child under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. The caregiver must be a minimum of 12 years old.

Libraries Rock does not work for my child. Will the library make accommodations?
Yes. If the design of Libraries Rock does not work for your child, schedule an appointment with Cathleen. Individualized summer reading plans are available.

Can I do summer reading if I am out of town?
Yes, you can! Record your reading on your paper logs. Then, get them turned in by July 31st. If you can’t get the logs to the library personally, you can make arrangements with Cathleen to mail or e-mail them.

What things can I count on my log?
Anything you read counts! You can read books, eBooks, magazines, newspapers, online articles, the back of the cereal box, and more! You can even count listening to audio books or being read to.

Does it count if someone reads to me?
Yes! It does not matter what your grade level is. You can mark your log for someone reading to you.

Does it count if I read a book that I have read before?
Yes! Any reading completed between May 1st and July 31st counts. So feel free to ask your parents to read you the same bedtime story every night, or re-read one of your favorites!

What happens if I cheat on my logs?
Dishonesty makes us sad. If you are dishonest on your logs, you must forfeit all prizes.

Printable Reading Log
Prizes

Pool Party

Raffle Prizes