Summer Reading Game

Libraries Rock LogoLog in to your summer reading account here (or click the picture above).

Sign up for our summer reading game and get a free book to jumpstart the fun!  An extra element is an optional online game component where readers can keep track of their books, complete optional special challenges for an additional prize, and customize the look and instruments of their very own musician character.  After reading ten books over the summer participants may put their names up on our bulletin board for all to see.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Summer Reading Game

Who can play the summer reading game?

All ages.  The Summer Reading Game is open to children age 5 to 14.  Children aged 13 and up can participate in our Teen Summer Reading Game.  Children entering grades 7 and 8 in the fall may choose which game, children’s or teens’, they would like to participate in.  Children under age 5 can participate in our Preschool Summer Reading Game.

I participated last year.  Should I make a new username?

No.  You should use the same username as you had last year.  If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it on the Wandoo Reader website, or you can call or visit the library where a librarian will help you reset your password and update your profile to sign you up for this year’s Summer Reading Game.  If you have forgotten your parents’ email address, username, and password and are unable to use the Wandoo Reader website, please stop by the library or call the children’s department to get your account updated.

How does it work? (ages 5 – 14)

1. Beginning a little bit before school gets out, Saturday, June 16, children ages 5 and up can pick up a Reading Record in the Children’s Department or download it here.
2. You must register with us to get credit for the books you read and challenges you complete all summer.  You may do this online, by phone, or in person.
3.  Pick out a free book just for signing up!  If you register outside the library, just ask at the children’s desk next time you come in.  Free books are first-come-first-serve, while supplies last, so don’t wait!
4. Write your name on the Reading Record.  You write the titles of the books you’ve read in the Record.
5. Sign up for the optional online game portion of our summer reading game, called Wandoo Reader, either in person or on our website.  You may keep track of books you read, challenges you complete, and customize your explorer character.
6.  Complete optional challenges from your Reading Record to unlock secret codes online.  Complete all the challenges for a special prize.
7.  After you’ve read 10 books, bring your log to the library and show it to children’s room staff to get a game piece with your name on it and a summer reading sticker on it.  Put it on the lobby bulletin board, for all to see.
8.  You have completed the game after reading 10 books.  Ask for a Final Certificate, then play again and pick up another Reading Record.  You get an additional sticker for your game piece for every 10 books read.
9.  The Summer Reading Game ends on August 30th, the day school begins.
10.  Take your Reading Record(s) to school this fall to show your teacher.

How does it work? (under age 5)

1  June 15th is when the summer reading game starts.
2.  Sign up at the library and pick up your reading record, or sign up online and download & print your reading record here.
3.  Get your free book for signing up.  Free books are first-come-first-serve, while supplies last.
4.  For every book read to you or pre-literacy activity completed, you get to color in one picture on the reverse side of your reading record.
5.  When you have completed 10 activities (at least 5 of them books) bring your reading record back to the children’s room to show us, then get a game piece with your name on it to put up on the library’s bulletin board for all to see.  You have completed the game after completing 10 pre-literacy activities (at least 5 of them books).  Ask for a Final Certificate, then play again and pick up another Reading Record or finish all activities on your first one.  You get an additional sticker for your game piece for every 10 books read or activities completed.
6.  August 30th is when the summer reading game ends.

How does it work? (age 13 & up)

If you are entering grades 7 or 8 and choose to sign up for the children’s program, follow the steps above.  If you choose to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Game, rather than the children’s one, you must sign up at the library.  You get a free book when you sign up and then you get a reading record to keep track of how many minutes you read and what activities you complete to earn points.  Please come to the library and ask at the reference desk upstairs for full details and to sign up.  More information on the teen summer reading game online here.

What books count?

Try to pick a “just right” book – one that is just right for you in terms of reading level and fun!  Any book counts–fiction, non-fiction, e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, any genre of books.  If you read a book to complete an optional challenge, you may also include that book as part of your ten books for the regular portion of the game.  If you read a book aloud to a younger sibling or family member, this also counts.  If you are reading a book that is much higher-level than you typically read, feel free to read some easier books to balance it out and complete the summer reading game.

Do I have to keep track in two places, online and on paper?

No.  You may choose which method suits you better, or do both.  The online portion is completely optional, but does make the game more fun, because you get a musician character to customize with more outfits and instruments the more books you read.  Many teachers will ask for your summer reading log in September.  You may hand in your paper log from the library or you may print out your reading record from your Wandoo Reader account.  You do not need a paper log to keep track of your ten books and get your game piece on the wall.  However, you do need a paper log to keep track of your optional challenges, as we give out stickers for each challenge completed, and you only get secret codes after completing two challenges.  There is currently no way to keep track of which challenges you have completed in your online profile.

Do I have to do the challenges in order?

No.  Complete the challenges in any order that you please.

Can I do the challenges more than once?

You will only get credit for challenges one time.  You may do them as many times as you like for fun, and get an additional sticker to keep for yourself, but you will only get the prize for completing all 12 challenges once.

How do I sign up for the online portion of the game?

When you sign up by phone or at the library, you will be asked certain required information, like name, age, school, etc., but you may also choose to create a username and password for use on the Wandoo Reader program.  Parental permission is required to gain full access to the online game portion, so parents must provide an email address.
If you sign up online, you enter your birthday first.  Then you will have to provide your parent’s email address as well as some other information, such as your name and school, and then create a username and password (each at least 5 characters long).  After that, you can start logging your books and secret codes as you complete them to personalize your musician character.

What events count as library events?

Any event that is presented at the library and on the library’s calendar of events.  To see a list of all events offered for children over the summer, follow the calendar links to the right, or download the flyer here.

What about other summer reading games?

If you participate in the governor’s summer reading challenge, a summer reading program at your summer camp, your favorite bookstore, restaurant, church, or other business or organization, those books also count for us.  You still have to sign up with us at the library to receive your free book, and you have to show us how many books you read, whether you use our reading log or theirs, to get credit for your books and get your game piece on the wall.  You still must use our reading log to keep track of optional challenges to get your extra prize, even if you keep track of your books with some other method.

This looks a little different than last year’s online game.  Why?  What does this mean for me?

Changes on the back end of the Wandoo Reader software code now enable easier multi-book logging by staff, so that we can still know how many books have been read when they’re not being logged online by the player.  This doesn’t really change how you play the game, just the look of how you log books online if you’re keeping track that way.  Make sure that you type the title of the book, put the total number of books as 1, and check off the box that says, “I’ve finished this book!” in order to get full credit for it to customize your character.  If you forget to click “I finished…” just call the library children’s department at (203) 453-8282 or come in and we’ll fix it for you.