Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading 2020 begins May 30 with our Kick-off. We will have videos on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10:00 am.

Signing Up

Go to rpl.readsquared.com

Select “Register now”

To register an individual click “Myself” and follow the prompts. Once you’re finished, you’ll be taken to your Dashboard, which we’ll talk about in a moment.

If you want to set up a family account, click “Myself and Children,” and follow these steps:

Create the adult account first. Choose your age from the drop-down lists.

Enter your information and create a username and password.

After your setup is finished, select child #1’s age (reading program will be selected automatically by age), then enter their information on the next page. (No need to create a separate username, you can manage the whole family from one account!)

If you need to add another child, click “continue” and repeat step 3. Otherwise click “finished” and you’ll be taken to your Dashboard.

Dashboard

Managing Multiple Accounts

On the left side of the dashboard, you’ll see a drop down list where you can toggle the different individuals linked on your account. You can enter activities, choose prizes, and see their details all from your screen.

If you originally signed up as yourself, you can still create a family account either by linking to existing accounts, or adding new ones. Just click on the “Account” drop down to see either of these options. From this screen you can also manage any previously linked accounts.

Logging Minutes or Books

Ok, here’s the most important feature you need to know about. To enter the minutes or books that you’ve read, click “Log Reading” from your Dashboard. From here click on “Books or Minutes” depending on the program when logging for family accounts. Individual accounts will automatically bring up the logging type for the program, minutes for children and books for adults and teens.

On the next screen enter the minutes or book you read and the date. For children, none of the other fields are required, but you may also include the title, author, and a book review if you wish. For teens and adults, title and author are required. You can add a book review if you wish.

For those managing multiple accounts, you can actually enter minutes or books for the whole family. If you’re only entering minutes or books for one person, be sure to un-check the other names listed at the bottom of the window. Hit submit, and you’re finished!

Logging History

Click on this tab to view your reading log, reviews written, missions (click “other”), and any prizes won. Note that on your reading log you can change details like adding books to your logged minutes, but you cannot delete or alter minutes entered. If you have made a mistake and need your log adjusted, contact us and we’ll take care of that for you.

Missions

Missions are extra challenges that can earn you badges, points, or other special awards! Some require event attendance, secret codes, or uploading a photo.

On the Missions tab, you’ll see a list of these challenges and their descriptions, badges, and how many activities it takes to complete them. Some might be a challenge to read a certain number of books from a specific list, or to attend virtual events provided by the library. Click on any mission to see more details and activity instructions.

Activities can be completed in a variety of ways. They may just be a checkbox, or they might need a secret code, or an image to upload. Be sure to read your instructions!

Once you’ve completed all of the activities, you complete the mission! You will receive a badge, and sometimes a prize. You’ll be notified in your messages, and we will let you know how to get your prize.

Other Features

Be sure to also check out the reading lists and events tabs to get book recommendations or see what’s happening virtually this summer.

Finally, did you know READSquared has an app? You can download it for iOS or Android.

 

That’s all for now! Please contact us if you have any other questions at rplaskalibrarian@rogersar.gov or 479-621-1152 option 1

Happy Reading!

 

Summer Reading 2020 is sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Public Library.

The Arkansas State Library is providing READSquared with CARES Act funding  made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LS-246521-OLS-20).

CARES Act Purposes are

  • To prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
  • To expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services.

To achieve these purposes, the funding is to be used as follows:

  1. Primarily to address digital inclusion and related technical support
  2. Secondarily to address other efforts and prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19;
  3. With respect to (a) or (b), reach museum and tribal partners, traditionally eligible library entities.

Quick Reads to Get You Out of Your Reading Slump

If you are anything like us, focusing on reading may have been a struggle lately. With everything going on, it has been difficult for some of us to commit to long books or—even worse—series. Below we have listed some online material that could help you get out of your reading slump. These are a compilation of stand-alone novels that don’t require any commitment and graphic novels that are quick, easy reads.

Library2Go

You can access these titles from Library2Go through the Libby or Overdrive app. If you have never used either of these before, follow the link above or download the app and sign in to get started. You’ll need your library card number and 4-digit PIN number. The following titles are all available as ebooks or audiobooks.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed tells the romantic tale of two young adults who get interested in local activism and each other.

In Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen, Lady Victoria Aston tries to navigate her tenuous social situation with choices informed by her reading habits.

In Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson, a group of friends try to secure their friend’s legacy by posthumously publishing some of his music. When a rap label expresses interest in making a deal, the group must decide how to keep the secret of their friend’s death.

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light is a romance in which two loners fake a relationship with each other to avoid their friends’ and families’ attempts to get them out of their shells.

In Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller, students from a strict boarding school search for their popular friend who went missing in the middle of mass.

Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross is an enchanting retelling of a polish fairy tale about shapeshifting queens and dragons.

RBdigital

If it is your first time signing in to RBdigital, you will need to register for a new account. All you need is your library card number. Once you create an account, you can access all the material through the RBdigital app. The following titles are all graphic novels that are available through our new RBdigital collection of comics.

For fans of the classics, The Haunted Mansion is the Disney attraction in graphic novel form. There are already 999 ghosts in the mansion, and you have to be careful not to become the 1,000th.

Emma by Lee Butler is a beautiful retelling of the Austen classic featuring the precocious heroine Emma searching for her match.

Cloud Hotel by Julian Hanshaw is a tale of Remco, a boy who was whisked away to the wondrous Cloud Hotel and—despite his upcoming eviction—never wants to leave.

Gumballs by Erin Nations is an anthology of comics about the wonder the author finds in his everyday life.

From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell is a retelling of Jack the Ripper’s killing spree and its aftermath.

Please remember that the PIN number on your account changed to the last four digits of your library card number when we switched to our new system in early March. If you need any assistance downloading content, please feel free to call the library. We are happy to help.

Happy reading!