- Young children ages 0-3 will have a calendar of activities to be completed, available at the Children’s desk. (Paper and online sign up.)
- Register online for children ages 4-12. (Online sign up.)
- Kids in grade 6-8, and teens 13-17 will have their own summer reading challenges. (Paper and online sign up.)
Download the Beanstack Tracker app for your mobile device from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android to record reading sessions, to scan ISBN barcodes to add titles to your Log (available only on smartphones; not tablets), and manage family reading logs and view statistics.
About the reading challenge:
Children are encouraged to participate in our Summer Quest (previously called Summer Reading Challenge) which provides a no-pressure and fun way to continue reading over summer vacation thereby maintaining reading skills mastered during the school year. All activities are free of charge. Incentives this year include a special library lanyard and exclusive badges. A book will be awarded for meeting the reading challenge. The reading challenge is to read 720 minutes, which is about 20 minutes a day for 6 weeks.
What counts as reading minutes? Children being read to (this includes children of all ages), children reading by themselves, reading to a sibling, a grown-up, or a friend. Listening to audiobooks also counts! We have audiobooks on CD for children and PlayAway audiobooks for older children. And, don’t forget audiobooks and e-books on Hoopla and OneDrive, TumbleBooks, BookFlix through Power Library, and Storyline Online.
Milt the Mouse is ready to rock out this summer! He will be hiding in the library from June 8 through August 2. He changes his location every Monday. Clues are posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as at the library. Participants in the Hershey Public Library Summer Quest will want to follow clues and learn his weekly secret code to earn badges and prizes.
This year’s summer reading program will include Book Buddies, 1, 2, Whee!, Sensory 1, 2, Whee!, Books and Babies, Chewsy Readers, and other fun-filled programs for children and families. New this year is our Hershey Quest Scavenger Hunt at Shank Park.
Summer Quest ends on August 24. This is the last day to log reading minutes and to claim prizes.