2018 Summer Learning Program
2018 Summer Learning Program Are You Ready to Be a Reading Rock Star?
From May 21 through July 31, kids and teens will have the opportunity to accumulate points to earn books and a chance to win great prizes by participating in Library programs, doing fun activities at home, and reading books of their choice.
Why should your child participate?
Studies have shown that reading during the summer and engaging in creative exploration, active skill building, and critical thinking help decrease the “summer slide” that occurs when students are away from the classroom. Almost as important, it’s fun!
Who can participate?
When kids ages 0-19 are registered, they will be automatically placed in one of three categories: Explorers (0-5 years), Challengers (6-12 years), and Voyagers (13-19 years). For the first time ever, adults over 20 can participate in their own program.
Once I register, is there an easy way to track what we are reading?
Yes! If you have an Android or Apple device, you can download the free Beanstack Tracker app from the Google Play store for Android devices or the App Store for iPhones. The app allows you to record reading sessions, scan ISBN barcodes to add titles to your log, and manage family reading logs and view their stats.
How do kids earn points?
Participants can earn 250 points per level and up to a total of 1,000 points by doing any combination of the following:
- Explorers (0-5 years): 10 points per book or 1 point per minute
- Challengers (6-12 years): 1 point per minute or 10 points per book
- Voyagers (13-19 years): 1 point per minute or 10 points per book
- Completing engaging, age-appropriate tracks of activities at home!
- A complete list of learning track activities is available through the SLP online tracking system as of May 21. By completing five activities per track, participants will earn 25 points.
- Attending selected programs at MCPL branches through July 31.
- Participants will receive 10 points (up to 250 for the summer) each time they log a secret code they received at these programs into their online accounts.
All points are credited when activity is logged into the participant’s online account.
How will I know which Library programs kids will receive points for attending?
Programs that are eligible for points will have information in their descriptions in the Library’s online events calendar and will be listed in the SLP online tracking system.
In addition to those listed on the Summer Learning Program webpage, most Kids Create and Kids Lab programs will also be points-eligible programs.
Do participants still need to read, or can they just do activities and programs?
Participants still need to read in order to complete the program.
How do I register my child?
Use the “Register/Log in” button to access the easy-to-use online tracking system introduced in 2017. If you are new to MCPL’s Summer Learning Program, you can register your children any time before May 21. You will be able to register multiple children under one username and password, providing convenience to families with more than one participant.
When can we start logging activities and books?
Everyone will be able to enroll and begin logging on May 21.
Are there still prizes?
Explorers (0-5 years) that complete Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 will earn a free book at each level!
Challengers (6-12 years) earn books by completing the first three levels, and then have their choice of either an additional free book or a certificate for a free “Libraries Rock!” t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts by completing Level 4!
Voyagers (13-19 years) receive their choice of a free book or five Teen Bucks by completing Levels 1, 2, and 3, and then have their choice of an additional book or five additional Teen Bucks if they complete Level 4.
Based on point levels, all kids will be eligible to win branch prizes, including a Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire Kids Edition, or iPod Touch, and system-wide grand prizes including special experiences and four-packs of tickets from our SLP partners including the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Ballet, Worlds of Fun, and Kansas City Symphony.