Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Summer Reading important?
Summer Reading helps kids and teens avoid "summer slide," and reintroduces them to the joy of reading for pleasure. It gives parents and kids an excuse to read or listen to books together, and it gives adults a reason to explore new books and authors.
What are the dates for Summer Reading?
Thursday, Jun. 1- Friday, Sept. 1, 2023
What’s the last day to begin reading and still have enough time to complete the Summer Reading Challenge?
August 3. However, if you register after August 3 you can still check off previous days that you've read on the log.
When are the opening celebrations?
- See all of our Summer Reading events.
Who can sign up?
Everyone! Readers of any age, including readers-in-training and those read to, can participate.
What are the age groups for Summer Reading, and why do they matter?
There are 4 age groups for readers: Preschool (Ages 0-5), Elementary (Rising Grades K-5), Teen (Rising Grades 6-12), and Adult (Ages 18+). Completion prizes and special programs are offered according to age group.
How to Register
How do I register for Summer Reading in the Library App?
Create a reading log for each reader in your household and track your Summer Reading.
If you don't already have the App, search for "Arlington Public Library" in the App Store (for Apple devices) or in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) and look for the County logo in pink. After downloading the App, log into your Library Account with your library card number or username and password.
You can manage multiple Library Accounts in the Library App.
What if I already have the Library App but don't see My Summer Reading?
Update your Library App to the latest version in the App Store (for Apple devices) or in the Google Play Store (for Android devices).
Can multiple reading logs be managed under one Library Account on the Library App?
Yes! For example, one parent's library account can be used to register each family member for Summer Reading.
Can a reading log be tracked from more than one Library App/device?
Yes! If a reading log is backed up to a Library Account that is managed on more than one person's Library App/device, that reading log will be available on both of those devices. For example, a parent can manage both their own Library Account and their child's Library account on their Library App. If the child also has their own Library Account on the Library App, and the data backup for the child's reading log is the child's Library Account, then both parent and child can track the child's reading log.
How can I participate in Summer Reading if I don't have a smart phone or don't want to use the Library App?
You can pick up a reading log from the Library or download and print it out in English/Spanish [PDF].
If I use a paper reading log, how do I report that I have finished Summer Reading?
Visit any Library location or call 703-228-5990. We will need your name, age, and a phone number or email address to contact you if you win the raffle prizes.
You will need to visit a Library in person to claim any other prizes that you earned.
How to Complete Summer Reading
How do I track my 30 days of Summer Reading?
- In the Library App - Tap a day on your reading log calendar to change it from white to green, and the status bar at the top of the screen will show the number of days you have read.
- On the paper reading log - Mark off each day on the calendar that you have read. Be sure to bring the paper reading log with you to the Library when you visit to report completion and claim prizes.
How do I complete Summer Reading?
Read for at least 30 days between June 1 and September 1, and mark the days in the Library App.
How much do I have to read per day to complete Summer Reading?
There’s no limit – whether you read a lot or a little, books, newspapers, magazines, or listen to an audiobook – it all counts, and you can mark it on your tracker as a day you read.
How do I become a Super Reader?
Complete three Bonus Challenges listed on the Summer Reading brochure or in the app. This will qualify you for the Super Reader Prizes.
How do I earn prizes for Summer Reading?
Visit the Summer Reading Prizes page.
How do I redeem my voucher for 2 tickets to a Washington Nationals game?
Go to nationals.com/summerreading and enter the code on the back of your voucher.
Which Washington Nationals game dates can I choose from?
Select Regular and Value games from July 3 through September 6 are eligible for voucher redemption.
Can I use my voucher for more than one game?
No, each voucher (good for 2 tickets) can only be redeemed for one game.
Who can I contact contact if I have trouble redeeming my voucher?
If you have any questions, please call 202-675-6287 (NATS) or email email@example.com.
When is the last day for to pick up prizes?
Tuesday, September 5.
When will the Super Reader drawing be drawn?
On Tuesday, September 5. Winners will be notified the following week.
Summer Reading: Find Your Voice is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library and the Washington Nationals and is hosted in partnership with Educational Theatre Company and Arlington County Department of Cultural Affairs.