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FAQ Children's summer reading challenge

Indulge your wild side this summer with our Tails and Tales Children's Summer Reading Challenge for kids ages 0-12! This year's challenge is to complete eight themed kits between June 14 and August 9. Reserve your kits early, limited quantities available! Reservations for new kits will open each Wednesday starting June 9.

Do you have questions about the challenge? Take a look at our list of frequently asked questions below. If you don't see the answer you're looking for, feel free to reach out to Children's Department staff via chat, email (childrens@reedlibrary.org) or phone (330-296-2827 x300). 

frequently asked questions

What do you have going on for kids this summer?

We are so glad you asked! We have our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge. Kids as young as babies all the way up to 12 can participate! (Got kids older than 12? Take a look at our Teen Summer Reading Program) As always, we also have great events for kids going on all summer long.


What’s the challenge?

The challenge is to complete 8 themed kits from mid-June through early August. The kits include 5-7 activities and how you can complete them.I have kids of different ages and/or abilities. How can your activities support such a wide range of ages and skills?

We hear you. Our Summer Reading Challenge consists of two tracks: Inchworms and Bookworms. Our Inchworms kits each contain 5 activities that are geared towards kids from birth through age 5. Our Bookworms kits each contain 7 activities that are geared towards kids from age 6 through 12. We know that not every single activity is appropriate for every child, so to complete a kit, you only need to complete 3 activities (Inchworms) or 5 activities (Bookworms).


My kids can be hard to convince when it comes to “school” work over the summer. How is this different?

Good question. The kits that make up our summer challenge are chock full of fun activities your kids will enjoy. Plus, if they complete the kit, they're cashing in to earn prizes and the chance to win gift cards! Who doesn't like a gift card? Finally, our kits are flexible. Kids do not have to complete every single activity in a kit to complete it. They can choose up to two activities to skip per kit and still be able to count that kit as complete.


What are some examples of the activities that come in your kits?

For the Inchworms, our activities focus on the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read: talk, sing, read, write and play. Some of the activities come with freebies to keep, like one of the activities in our Amazing Animals kit: Put on the animal finger puppets included in your kit and make up your own story. Be sure to make animal sounds and match them to the animal! Other activities are things you can do without any extras like this one from our At the Zoo kit: Sing the alphabet song and clap once for each letter. Can you, with or without the help of your child, come up with an animal for each letter?

For the Bookworms, our activities focus on reading (of course) but also STEAM, digital literacy, physical activity, and writing. The Bookworms kits also come with freebies for some of the challenges, like complete a pet sticker by number sheet and create a squeakin’ squakin’ chicken using the supplies provided. Other activities stretch kids’ brains to help prevent the summer slide like this activity from our Amazing Animals kit: Use EBSCO’s Explora database to find information about your favorite animal. Can you use this database to find a magazine article about the animal of your choice?


How do we get the kits?

Each Wednesday starting June 9, registration will open for a new kit. Registration continues Wednesday-Sunday. Once you’ve registered, you can pick up your kit at RML any time that we’re open between Monday and Thursday. Just stop inside at the info desk or pull up to our drive through window.


Can I sign up for all 8 kits at once?

No. Each week, you’ll need to sign up for the new kit. Kit registration is open every Wednesday-Sunday from June 9-August 1.


How can I get the kits if I will be out of town?

We hope you enjoy your vacation! Unfortunately, we cannot accept late registrations for kits. Once the clock strikes midnight (well, 11:59 pm) on Sunday, the registration for that kit is closed for good. But, we invite you to log onto our website or give us a call from whatever fabulous location you’re visiting to register for the next kit. Once registered, we’ll be happy to hold the kit for you until you can come by and pick it up. Just let us know when you’ll be back in town!


I can’t pick up my kit by Thursday. Does that mean we can’t do it?

No! We’re happy to hold kits for you. When you register for the kit, you have the option to let us know that you won’t be able to pick it up by Thursday. This is perfect for if you’re on vacation!


Whoops, I totally forgot to pick up my kits. Can I still get them, even though it’s past Thursday?

Absolutely. We’ll hold on to any kits that didn’t get picked up for two weeks past the deadline. After that, though, it is too late. The exception would be the last two kits - all kits need to be completed and submitted by August 9, so we will not hold any kits past that date.


We finished all of the activities in our kit. What do we do?

Congratulations! Use the bit.ly link on your kit paper to enter your completed kit(s) online for prizes. Can’t find your kit paper? No problem! Go to reedlibrary.org/summer2021 to find the right entry form for your kit. Need some help? Give us a call at 330-296-2827 x300


What kind of prizes can the kids win?

Great question! Each week, we’ll draw the names of two kids who’ve completed and entered their kits online by Sunday at 11:59pm to receive one $10 gift card each to a local business. But that’s not all! Any and all kits that are completed and entered online by 11:59pm Sunday August 9 are eligible for our Tail End of Summer Prize Pack.


What’s in the Tail End of Summer Prize Pack?

Well, that depends on how much is earned! It's all based on the number of kits completed and entered online all through the summer. All prize packs will contain fun, beastly surprises plus:

Roarsome Reader: Completing 2 kits earns 3 Book Bucks to spend in our Friends of the Library Book Store.
Doggone Good Reader: Completing 4 kits earns 3 Book Bucks and a brand new book to keep from our prize book catalog.
Whaley Great Reader: Completing 6 kits earns 3 Book Bucks, a brand new book to keep from our prize book catalog and a plush reading buddy.
Ultimate Bookworm: Completing all 8 kits earns our Super Reader Prize Pack! Congratulations on finishing the challenge! This prize package includes all of the above prizes plus a Reed Memorial Library t-shirt and a super reader award.

If you complete an odd number of kits, we will round down to determine your prize pack level.


This is a lot of information. Any tips on keeping track of it all?

Of course! Your child’s first kit of the summer (no matter which kit it is) will come complete with a kit tracking sheet. Each kit will contain a sticker to place on the tracking sheet. We suggest you place this sticker on the sheet once you’ve completed the kit and entered it online. That way you know it’s all done! Plus, there are reminder dates next to each circle to tell you when you can register for each kit. Bonus: This FAQ page is printed on the back. If you ever get stuck don’t forget to reach out to us: give us a call, send us an email, chat with us on our website, comment on a Facebook post, stop in and say hello - whatever you choose, we’re there and we’re happy to help!


I heard you offer free food for kids during the summer. How does that work?

Reed Memorial Library is a Summer Food Program for Children site in Portage County. Monday-Friday starting Tuesday June 1, children can pick up free lunch from our site and take it to go.

The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. is sponsoring the Summer Food Program for Children at sites around Portage County. The program is funded through the US Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Community Action Council of Portage County. Any child age 1 to 18 can receive a FREE, nutritious lunch and breakfast (at most sites) at one of the agency’s 20 open sites located throughout Portage County.  No paperwork is required.


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