Where will your imagination take you?
Mid-Continent Public Library’s 2020 Summer Library Program begins on May 26! Kids (ages 0-12) and teens (13-19) can all participate in their own programs customized just for them and accumulate points to earn books and a chance to win prizes by doing fun activities at home, participating in virtual programs, and reading books of their choice.
The program will provide the opportunity for kids to engage in active skill building and critical thinking, use their imaginations to dream about the future, and keep their minds active while they are away from the classroom.
For adults, it’s a great way to model good reading habits for children as well as escape from everyday life into the pages of great books.
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?
Participants can earn 250 points per level and up to a total of 1,000 points by doing any combination of the following:
- READING! (10 points per book or 1 point per minute read)
- Taking part in virtual programs on MCPL’s Facebook pages
- 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 is 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?
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.
“Off the grid” tracking: For people with internet challenges or who prefer not to use technology for Summer Library program tracking, please ask for a Summer Library Program Access Tracking Guide when you visit your branch during curbside service.
When can we start logging?
Everyone will be able to enroll and begin logging on May 26.
What are this year’s prizes?
While the Library’s buildings are not open to the public during curbside service, prizes will not be available for pick-up. Library staff is working on a plan for awarding earned prizes and will communicate that through Beanstack messages and on this webpage.
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.
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
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
Adult Summer Library Program
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 be completed by July 31, 2020 in order to qualify for prizes.