Summer Reading Program



Our Summer Reading Program offers learners of all ages a variety of ways
to stay sharp and beat “summer slide.” This year, our theme is “Build a Better World.”
Marshall library patrons of all ages can sign up to earn prizes by completing a series of challenges, including reading. There is no charge for this program. Each time you read a book or complete an activity, you’ll earn “library loot.” This loot can be spent in the
library’s “prize store,” stocked with a wide range of fun prizes for all ages, including toddlers and adults. Those who complete all challenges will be entered into a drawing forfour Gold wristbands from Little A-Merrick-A!

You can sign up for the Summer Reading Program starting June 1st.
Sign up by coming into the library. You'll recieve your age-appropriate Game Sheet
and other materials. OR...
This year, we’re also trying something new. You can choose to participate in the
Summer Reading Program online OR choose to stay with in-person/paper version.
Choose ONE or the OTHER, not both. You cannot switch from one to the other once you have chosen.

Why Online?
You might choose to participate in the online version of the SRP if:
-you will be out of town for much of June/July
- it’s difficult for you to get to the library
-you’re more comfortable online
-you don’t want to keep track of papers
-you are comfortable with using technology

What’s the Difference Between the Online & Paper Programs?
There’s really isn’t any difference between the two programs except how you record your completed challenges.
For the online program, you need to create an account at the link we provide.
Each time you want to get credit for completing challenges, you will log in to your account and upload pictures or code words, or simply confirm that you have done something.
(Parental controls are available for kids who create their own accounts.)
You will receive the same type and number of challenges, and the same number of “Library Loot” rewards, as the regular paper users.
You will still need to come into the library some time during our six week Summer Reading Program to get your Library Loot from a librarian and spend it in the Prize Store.

Summer Reading Program Rules

  1) You must have a valid library card to participate.
  2) All books that you read, or materials you check out, must be checked out from Marshall Library.
  3) You can’t complete a challenge more than once (unless it’s listed on your Game Sheet more than once).
  4) You must spend “loot” between June19th-July 19th.
  5) Push yourself. You should read books and do challenges that are at or above your skill level.
  6) If you are participating in more than one library’s summer reading program, please don’t “double dip.”
        (For example, don’t read 30 minutes and then use that to get an incentive from Sun Prairie AND loot from us.)
  7) Parents are responsible for their children at all events.

Activity Dates

Mon. 12th
—Start of the Summer Reading Program!
Mon. 19th—Library prize “store” opens.
Toys, gadgets, tech, health items and more for all ages. Thank you, donors.
Wed. 21st—STUNTology show 7pm. See Sam Bartlett do stunts with household objects— and then do them with him!
Wed. 14th— Build & Defend the Castle 6-7pm.  Each team builds a cardboard fortress, then tries to knock down the other castle. Last castle standing wins! Eye protection recommended. Cardboard & rubber or foam balls wanted.
Thurs. 29th—Build & Launch Water Rockets 6-8pm. Wear clothes to get wet in.
Organized by Brandon Millner/Marshall Parks & Rec.

Wed. 5th, 6-7pm: Building Boom. Kids 7 and up can participate in team
building craft competitions. Fun and fast-paced.
Wed. 19th: Fort Night 6-7pm. Let’s build the Largest Blanket Fort EVER!  Snacks provided. Bring clips & sheets. Last chance to spend your loot, the Prize Store closes today.
Thurs. 20th—GAME DAY! End of the SRP party 6-8pm. Fun activities, face painting. Those who have earned entry to the Foreman’s Lounge will be served supper (see game sheet).
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Earn Extra “Library Loot” by doing these special weekly events!

Both kids and adults can do this.
You can only do a “special” ONCE, and only during its
scheduled week. Staff will mark your game sheet.
One special completed = 1 library loot earned.
We want to share these awesome activities on our Facebook page. Parents, please fill out a permission slip here, and hand it in or email it to us. Thanks!

June 12th – 17th
We want you on camera! Let us film you, or film yourself, promoting the summer reading program, your favorite book, or something else at the library.

June 19th – 24th
Help us decorate!  Create a building-related masterpiece in our Makerspace or at home, and hang it somewhere in the library. Suggestions: Large construction paper tools, orange or yellow signs encouraging others to read, pictures of big trucks, or posters showing everyone how to build a better world.

June 26th- July 1st
Come in to the library and find a building, math, truck, or tool related book. Then check it out. We won’t tell you where these books are, but we can point you in the right direction and teach you how to use our LINKcat library catalog. (E-books count too!)

July 3rd –8th
Check out a book with an orange, yellow, or chartreuse cover.

July 10th – 15th
Earn 1 Library Loot for filming a short commercial promoting some aspect of the Marshall Library. This can be a book you like, a program you attended, something you got help with here, or anything else library-related. We can film you, or you can film yourself.

July 17th – 22nd  Come in to the library and search for the mini construction cone. Tell the librarian where you found it.