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Summer Library Program

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Summer Library Program

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Where did your imagination take you?

Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program has concluded and we want to thank everyone who participated given the unusual challenges we have all be facing!

More than 9,000 adults, children, and teens completed 32,000 activities and virtual programs, earned more than 100,000 badges, and collectively logged more than six million minutes of reading between May 26 and July 31!

MCPL’s Youth Services staff are still in the process of mailing prize books directly to kids and teens as part of the Library’s new health and safety measures. Packages are being sent bulk mail, so customers are asked to allow three to four weeks for them to arrive. To have your prize book mailed to you, participants must have signed up for the SLP program via Beanstack tracking program. 

If you are the winner of a Kindle or a prize from one of the Community Partners, you will be notified during the week of August 17.

“Off the Grid Tracking” paper logs: If you are using a paper log that was picked up from a branch earlier this summer, you may return it by dropping it in your branch’s book drop. Grandview and Parkville Branch customers should return their paper logs to any other MCPL branch. The drop off deadline is August 10 in order to be eligible to receive prize books, teen buck prizes, and be eligible for drawings for Community Partner prizes and Kindle Fires.

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2020 Summer Library Program Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my child participate?

Studies have shown that reading during the summer and engaging in creative exploration help decrease the “summer slide” that occurs when students are out of school. This year more than ever, keeping kids engaged and learning is important and participating is also fun! 

How do kids earn points?

Online logging is closed as of Friday, July 31.

Participants can earn 250 points per level and up to a total of 1,000 points by doing any combination of the following:

  1. READING! (10 points per book or 1 point per minute read)
  2. Taking part in virtual programs on MCPL’s Facebook pages
  3. Completing fun, age-appropriate activities at home. A complete list of learning activities is available through the SLP online tracking system as of May 26. Kids and teens can earn 10 points for every activity they complete.

Points will earn prizes! For every 250 points earned, participants will win books and other prizes, up to 1000 points (see below).

Do kids still need to read, or can they just do activities and programs?

Reading was required in order to complete the program.

Customers are encouraged to place holds in MCPL’s online catalog to pick up books at branches, but may also read eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital picture books available from OverDrive for Kids, TumbleBook Library, TeenBookCloud, BookFlix, FreedomFlix, and TrueFlix, and of course, books from other sources or already in the home. 

How do I register my child?

Registration for this year's program is closed. Paper logs picked up earlier this summer from branches may be returned until August 10.

Click on the “Register/Log in” button to access the easy-to-use online tracking system. If this is your first year of participating, you can register your children any time before May 26. You will be able to register multiple children under one username and password.

Download the Beanstack Tracker app to your mobile device for convenient registration and logging. Adults can register themselves and multiple children register under one username and password.

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“Off the Grid Tracking” paper logs: If you are using a paper log that was picked up from a branch earlier this summer, you may return it by dropping it in your branch’s book drop. Grandview and Parkville Branch customers should return their paper logs to any other MCPL branch. The drop off deadline is August 10 in order to be eligible to receive prize books, teen buck prizes, and be eligible for drawings for Community Partner prizes and Kindle Fires.

When can we start logging?

Logging through Beanstack closed on July 31. Paper logs picked up earlier this summer at MCPL branches can be returned to your branch via the book drop until August 10.

What are this year’s prizes?

Book prizes are being shipped via bulk mail and will take 3-4 weeks to reach winners after they are selected.

If you are the winner of a Kindle or a prize from one of the Community Partners, you will be notified during the week of August 17 and given information about how you will receive your prize.

Kids (0-12) and teens (13-19) can earn a free book at each of the four 250-point levels for a maximum total of 1000 points.  

When kids complete levels 1-3, they can earn a free book.

When teens complete levels 1-3, they can earn a free book or 5 Teen Bucks. Teen Bucks can be used to pay off Library fines, get a replacement card, or for prizes like USB Power Packs, earbuds with case, aluminum water bottles, or books. 

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At Level 4 (1000 points), kids and teens have their choice of a fourth book or free Summer Library Program t-shirt from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts!

Based on number of levels completed, kids and teens will be automatically eligible to win the following prizes through random electronic drawings:

  • Level 1 (250 points): a Community Partner prize  
  • Level 2 (500 points): a Community Partner prize  
  • Level 3 (750 points): 
    • 0-5 year-olds: 16 GB Kindle Fire HD 7 with kids case
    • 6-12 year-olds: 16 GB Kindle HD 8 with case
    • 13-19 year-olds: 32 GB Kindle Fire HD 10 with case
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Kansas City Royals: A special prize pack of team swag
Science City: A four-pack of tickets to the museum
Kansas City Chiefs: A special prize pack of team swag
Kansas City Symphony: A four-pack of tickets to a 2021 Family Concert event

Learn more information and read the complete rules about this year's prizes

Adult Summer Library Program

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Adults (ages 20+) can also participate! After logging 1,000 minutes, you will earn a Summer Learning Program t-shirt or tote bag from Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and a chance to win prize packs from Community Partners or concert tickets courtesy of KFKF and Q104.

Drawings from all adult participants who log 1,000 minutes or more, live in the greater Kansas City area, and have registered for the program with an email address and phone number will take place throughout the program.

Online logging must have been completed by July 31, 2020 in order to qualify for prizes.

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