What’s summer reading all about?

Maricopa County Reads is an online summer reading program for all ages! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!” 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/ 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.

At 500 points, pick up your Chipotle Free Food Coupon at your library. Chipotle offers a free kids meal for children ages birth to 11 and a buy-one-get-one free burrito for teens ages 12 to 17 and adults ages 18 and up. Chipotle coupons are only available while supplies last.

Kids (ages 5-11) will earn a day use pass for the Arizona State Parks & Trails (while supplies last) when they reach 750 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 from our online marketplace.

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 a location using the “locations” drop-down. A 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, 2017! To preview the online bookstore, click here. Select from 150 titles in all age categories. Choose a book for yourself or give it as a gift or donation. 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.

How do I get my kids’ free books?

You can access your child’s free book code from your household account or from your child’s account. To locate your household account, select “My Profile”, “Household”. Once it has been unlocked, the book code will appear in the “Book Code” column next to each household member’s name. Click on the book code to visit the online bookstore and select your child’s free book.

What are household accounts?

Household accounts allow one person to manage multiple accounts using a single username and password. Families, summer camps, group homes, and others can use household accounts. There is no limit to the number of members in a household account.

To create a household account the head of household (the individual that will manage the accounts) will first create their individual account by clicking “Join”. Next, select “My Profile” and choose “Household”. To add a new member to your household, click on “Add Household Member” at the bottom of the screen. Enter the household member’s information and select “Add Member”.
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). The head of household (the individual that creates the account) is the only account requiring a username or password. Household members may access their accounts through the main household 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. Household 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 household 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.

My child already has an account. Can I add them to my household 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 household members from the “Household” page.

How do I earn prizes?

Prize drawings are held throughout the Summer Reading Program (June 1-August 1, 2017). 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. Although you cannot earn a second Chipotle coupon or free book, you will continue to be eligible for prize drawings throughout the program. 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 is The Treehouse story? Why does it only appear when 7 and 8 year olds register?

As part of the Maricopa County Reads program, all 7 and 8 year old children are being presented a pre and post-test of their reading comprehension skills. The purpose of the assessments, created in partnership with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA), is to determine the value of reading at least 20 minutes per day during the summer when school is not in session.

The identity of all children participating in this study is kept strictly confidential. Test results will only be reported anonymously or in aggregate. Requests for children’s’ names and/or scores will not be granted.

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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