What’s summer reading all about?

Maricopa County Reads is an online summer reading program for all ages! This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” The program runs from June 1 to August 1 and aims to help maintain and improve literacy skills for participants of all ages.

Please, only one account per person. Creating multiple accounts for the same user may result in loss of access to the Maricopa County Reads online program and deletion of accounts.

How do I signup?

You can sign up at https://maricopacountyreads.org/ beginning May 1 or at your local library!

How does it work?

There’s something for everyone in our summer reading program—you can earn points, unlock badges, and win prizes. Get one point for every minute you add to your reading log.

Kids (ages 5-11) will earn a day use pass for the Arizona State Parks & Trails (while supplies last) when they reach 500 points. Passes are good for one adult and one child or one vehicle at state parks. Passes do not cover cave tours, camping, or other fee-based programs. For more information visit Arizona State Parks & Trails.

At 1,000 points, participants earn a free book of their choosing!

Challenge yourself to log 20 minutes of reading every day for a chance to win awesome weekly drawing prizes!

What are digital badges?

Badges are in-game marks of achievement—there are hundreds of badges created by librarians just waiting to be unlocked! They can be earned by entering minutes into your reading log or completing reading and activity challenges. Badges are awarded to anyone who uses secret codes given out at library events and community experiences too!

What is a community experience?

A community experience is a special, summer reading program event that takes place outside of the library. These events include hands-on workshops, classes, festivals, tasks, scavenger hunts, and much more. Community experiences give local organizations a way to connect with the community in a meaningful way, by providing experiences to children and their families. These special events provide kids with the experiential knowledge that is a key component of literacy.

To browse for community experiences, from your account dashboard go to “Events” and select the “Community Experiences” link. You can search by program type or location or use a keyword. The description of the community experience will pop-up. You can also find a list of local community experiences at your library.

When you visit one of our community partners for an experience, you will receive a secret code. Type the secret code into your account to receive bonus points and a special badge!

How do I change my Avatar?

From your account, select “Click Here To Customize Your Avatar.” Customize your avatar by selecting hair, facial features, clothing, etc. When you are happy with your changes click “Save Avatar” and “Return to Dashboard.”

Be on the lookout for new avatar accessories throughout the summer reading program. Beginning June 1 special accessories can be unlocked by entering secret codes (like the one found in this FAQ).

How do I get my free book?

Free books are awarded at 1,000 points—the instructions on how to redeem your free book will be sent in a message in your in-game mailbox. Contact the library if free books don’t arrive within two weeks of ordering. The last day to order is August 15, 2018!

Select from 150 titles in all age categories. Books ship directly to any address within the state of Arizona. You will receive an email confirmation when you place your order. If you do not receive the confirmation, check your spam filter or verify that you placed the order. Please send an in-game email if you have any difficulty.

Can I donate my book?

Yes! If you would like to donate your book to a child, simply click on the 'Donate your book' option on your 'My Profile' page. Donated books will go to the Arizona Head Start Association.

How do I claim a free book for a family or group member?

You can access book codes from an individual, family or group's account. To locate your family account, select 'My Profile', 'Family'. Once it has been unlocked, the book code will appear in the Book Code column next to each member’s name. Click on the book code to visit the online bookstore and select your free book.

What are Family accounts?

Family accounts allow one person to manage multiple accounts using a single username and password. Families larger than 15 can upgrade their account to a 'Group' Account.

To create a family account the head of family (the individual that will manage the accounts) will first create their individual account by clicking “Join”. Next, select “My Profile” and choose “Family”. To add a new member to your family, click on “Register new Family Member” at the bottom of the screen. Enter the family member’s information and select “Add Member”.
To add a member that already has an account, click on “Add Existing Participant to your Family”. Enter the participant’s username and password and click “Add Participant” (if you do not know the participant’s username or password please see library staff or submit an in-game email for assistance). The head of family (the individual that creates the account) is the only account requiring a username or password. Family members may access their accounts through the main family account or by creating a unique username and password. To add an individual username/password click on the “Add Username” button beneath the individual’s name. Family accounts with individual usernames and passwords will continue to be accessible through the household username/password.

You can apply minutes read and secret codes to multiple family accounts at once. To add minutes read, enter the number of minutes in the “Minutes Read” box above or below the account names, select the checkbox next to each individual’s account that participated in the reading, and click the blue “Minutes Read” button. To add a secret code to multiple accounts enter the code in the “Secret Code” box above or below the accounts names, select the checkbox next to each individual’s account, and click the blue “Secret Code” button.

Families larger than 15 can upgrade their account to a 'Group' account.

What is a Group Account?

New for 2018, we've created a "Group Account" so that organizations can create one account and add participants. To join as a group, one individual signs up and under 'My Profile' selects family. Add participants until your 'family' grows to 16. The system will prompt you to upgrade to a 'Group'. Groups like summer camps, childcare centers, group homes, and other organizations can easily manage multiple participant accounts. There is no limit to the number of members in a group account.

My child already has an account. Can I add them to my family account?

To add a member that already has an account, click on “Add Existing Participant”. Enter the participant’s username and password and click “Add Participant” (if you do not know the participant’s username or password please see library staff or submit an in-game email for assistance).

How do I log my reading?

The reading log is located in the center of your dashboard. Enter the number of minutes you have read and click “Submit.” You can also track your reading by entering the minutes read plus the title and author of the book. View your list of titles by selecting “My Profile” and “Books”.

How do I get a secret code?

Secret codes are given out at library events and special experiences in your community. To check out the events happening near you, click the “Events” tab on your dashboard. If you don’t see a secret code posted at a library event, please ask library staff. Enter your secret code in the Secret Code box on your dashboard of apply a secret code to multiple family members from the “Family” page.

How do I earn prizes?

Prize drawings are held throughout the Summer Reading Program (June 1-August 1, 2018). Prizes, drawing criteria, and frequency of drawings may vary by library. Please contact your local library for more information.

A valid in-game phone number or email address may be required to win a prize.

I’ve achieved 1,000 points. Now what?

Once you reach 1,000 points and earn your free book there is still more to do. You will continue to be eligible for prize drawings throughout the program, so don't stop now. You can also continue to complete challenges and enter secret codes by attending programs or community experiences. Reading beyond 1,000 minutes may also unlock special avatar accessories.

What do you do with my info?

The library will never share your personal information—privacy and confidentiality is essential to us and the summer reading program. We will only use your name and contact info to alert you about important summer reading updates.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Once you are logged in, click the Mail icon at the top of the screen. Click “Send Mail” to ask your question.

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