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Summer Reading Challenge 2024
June 8 - August 3

Have questions about our Summer Reading Challenge? Get your answers here! Look below for all the information you need to get the most out of your reading challenge this summer.

Getting Started

We are offering two ways to participate in our challenges this year again. We want you to join us this summer in whichever way works best for you! Even if you miss the Kick Off Party on Saturday, June 8, you will still be able to join in on the fun all summer long. 

Registration

You can track your challenges online with Beanstack, stop by the library to pick up a paper version, or print your own log. If you'd like to go the paper route, don't forget to sign up online using the link below. If you choose to use Beanstack, be sure to check out our Beanstack page for tips and tricks to help you easily track all year round.

Age Groups

Not sure which age group to sign up for? No problem! See our chart below! Our challenges are available for all abilities as well. If you would like to adapt a challenge, please sign up for our paper option and request or print the challenge that best suits your ability. 

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Birth - 5 Years Old

We believe that you are never too young to start reading! This challenge consists of 6 badges. Each badge has a total of three activities that your child must complete in order to earn it. Activities aren't just about books and reading though! Children are encouraged to discover and interact with literature while also exploring their world with loved ones and using their imaginations to create new things. Books read during the summer also count toward our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge. Don't forget to log the titles in both challenges! Parents can also count time spent reading with their kids in their reading challenge, so make sure you keep up with how long you read together.

Incentives

To help encourage your child all summer, be sure to stop by the library after each badge you earn. Every three activities, you earn a chance to pick something from Ms. Shannon's Treasure Chest in the Children's area. If you are tracking on paper, please be sure to bring your log so you can show off all your hard work!

Completion

To complete this challenge, you must finish all 18 activities and earn all 6 badges. This year you can stop by the library as soon as you finish to pick up your big prize bag. No need to wait until the end of summer for your goodies!

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1st - 5th Grade

What better way to help your child avoid the summer slump and keep up with their reading even when school's out? Elementary school kids will be trying to completely black out their Summer Reading Bingo Card by completing different activities. Activities aren't just about books and reading though! Children are encouraged to discover and interact with literature while also exploring their world with loved ones and using their imaginations to create new things. Parents can also count time spent reading with their kids in their reading challenge, so make sure you keep up with how long you read together.

Incentives

To help encourage your child all summer, be sure to stop by the library after each BINGO you complete. This includes up and down, side to side, and diagonal sets of five. Don't forget to check off your free space first! For each BINGO, you earn a chance to pick something from Ms. Shannon's Treasure Chest in the Children's area. If you are tracking on paper, please be sure to bring your log so you can show off all your hard work!

Completion

To complete this challenge, you must finish all 25 activities and earn a blackout BINGO. This year you can stop by the library as soon as you finish to pick up your big prize bag. No need to wait until the end of summer for your goodies!

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6th - 12th Grade

Middle and high school students are reading towards a minute goal again this year. They will be encouraged to read anything and everything in order to complete it. Just make sure you are keeping track and logging all those minutes spent reading! All reading counts too: Audiobooks, magazines, manga, and even summer reading assignments can count towards your overall time. Participants will also be encouraged to participate in library activities, check out different items, and even go on an adventure for a chance to win a ticket for one of two raffles during the summer.

Compeletion

To complete the main challenge, participants will need to read a total of 1,000 minutes by August 3. That's less than 20 minutes every day! You don't have to read every day, but as soon as you complete your 1,000 minutes, you can stop by the library to pick up your prize bag.  No need to wait until the end of summer for your well-earned riches!

 

*All participants who complete the main Young Adult Challenge and pick up their prize by August 3 will be automatically entered into our grand prize drawing for a Nintendo Switch Lite!*

Ticket Challenges

Our middle- and high-school-aged readers will be able to earn six badges. For each badge you complete, you will be able to earn one ticket. You even get a ticket just for registering! Stop by the library anytime to redeem your badge for a ticket. Don't forget to bring your paper log! These tickets will be used during our two prize drawings. You can choose which prize you can use your tickets for, but you can only use them once so choose wisely!

Drawings:

Friday, June 28 - Lo-Tech Box

(Coloring book and pencils, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza On Flip Side, and wireless headphones)

Friday, July 19 - Gamer Box

(Sephiroth Amiibo, Pokémon TCG: Scarlet & Violet Elite Trainer Box, and wireless earbuds)

Can't make it on the day of the drawing? No worries! Stop by to redeem and enter your tickets before the drawing to be eligible and we will give you a call if you win. Tickets must be entered by 8:00 PM the Thursday before each drawing.

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Ages 18 and Up

Just because you're all grown up doesn't mean that you get to miss out on all the fun of Summer Reading! You may not be able to read your way to a free personal pizza anymore, but you can still win some great prizes this year. The adults this year will be reading a minute goal. You can read anything and everything in order to complete it. All reading counts too: Audiobooks, magazines, ebooks, and even the reading you do with your kids or family members. Just make sure you are keeping track and logging all those minutes spent reading! Participants will also be encouraged to participate in library activities, try new books, and connect with us online for a chance to win tickets for one of two raffles during the summer.

Compeletion

To complete the main challenge, you will need to read a total of 1,200 minutes by August 3. That's a little more than 20 minutes every day! You don't have to read every day, but as soon as you complete your 1,200 minutes, you can stop by the library to pick up your prize bag.  No need to wait until the end of summer for your well-earned riches!

Bonus Challenges

Our adult readers will be able to earn three badges. For each badge, you will need to complete three out of the four activities. For every badge you complete, you will be able to earn one ticket. Stop by the library anytime to redeem your badges for a ticket. Don't forget to bring your paper long! You even get a ticket just for registering! These tickets will be used during our two prize drawings. You can choose which prize you can use your tickets for, but you can only use them once so choose wisely!

Drawings:

Friday, June 28 - Book Annotating Kit

Friday, July 19 - Buff City Soap Prize Basket

Can't make it on the day of the drawing? No worries! Stop by to redeem and enter your tickets before the drawing to be eligible and we will give you a call if you win. Tickets must be entered by 8:00 PM the Thursday before each drawing.

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Prize Pick Up

Unlike previous years, we will not be having a Wrap-Up party at the end of the summer to provide your prizes. Instead, you will be able to stop by anytime the library is open. This means if you finish in June, you don't have to keep up with your paper log or remember to stop by in August for your prizes. All participants earn a free book as well as a prize bag. Actual prizes will differ depending on the age group of the participant.

All prizes must be picked up by Saturday, August 3.

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Photo Challenge
June 8 - August 3

Want another way to earn a prize while working through your Reading Challenge and having fun at library programs? You are in luck! This year, we will be hosting a Photo Challenge on Facebook and Instagram all summer long. We worked with the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce and Rock City to put together a prize perfect for the whole family. Learn more about how to participate below and help us show everyone all the possibilities that come with your library card! 

How to Participate

The rules are simple: Take your library-themed photo, tag us when you post online, get confirmation, and be entered to win! Easy peasy!

  1. Take a photo - Your photo must be library-related. You can take a photo in the library, with library materials, or while using a partnership pass. It's totally up to you!

  2. Post on either Facebook or Instagram - Both are acceptable so use whichever platform you prefer!

  3. Tag @CatoosaCountyLibrary - You can tag us in either the photo or in the caption.

  4. Receive confirmation - you will receive confirmation that your entry was accepted. If you do not within a few business days, please reach out to us.

Winner Selection

The last day to enter will be Saturday, August 3rd. We will select a winner the following week. The first drawing will be held on Monday, August 5. Be sure to check whichever platform you are using to make your entries. If your entry is selected, we will contact you on that platform. You will have 48 hours to claim your prize. If we do not hear from you after 48 hours, we will select another winner.

FAQs

  • How many times can I enter the contest?

    • You can enter every day between June 8 and August 3. Only ONE post will be accepted each day, regardless of how many photos are included.​

  • How do I know if my post was entered?

    • You will receive confirmation that your post was accepted and that you were entered into the contest.​

  • Who is eligible to win the contest?

    • Any library user who follows the rules for entry to the contest is eligible to participate.​​

  • Are any photos acceptable?

    • Only pictures related to library materials or activities will count as contest entries. This may include but is not limited to: pictures taken inside the Catoosa County Library, pictures of materials borrowed from the Catoosa County Library, pictures of activities that showcase the 2024 Summer Reading Program theme “Adventure Begins At Your Library,” or pictures taken of activities that were made possible using Catoosa County Library materials (i.e., reading library books, making crafts from the library, or visiting an attraction with one of our partnership passes).​

    • Memes and inappropriate photos/captions will not be accepted. Inappropriate content will result in you being disqualified from the contest.

  • I won! How long do I have to claim my prize?

    • If you are selected to win, you must respond to the notification within 48 hours. ​

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