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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Who can participate? 
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, adults—everyone! Children who are too young to read by themselves can participate with an adult. Parents or caretakers are welcome to sign young children up and read to them.

How do I create a family account?
If you are a parent or guardian and would like to create a family account to manage your children's accounts, simply follow the directions to create an account for yourself, then follow the prompts to register your children. If you have already created an account for yourself, log in and click on the "Account" button on the top menu of your screen, then select "Add Child Account." If your child also already has an account, select "Link Existing Account."
Can I count books that I read on my computer or e-reader? 
Of course! It’s all the same to us.
Can I count audiobooks? 
You bet!
Can I join the program after its official start date? 
Of course! And if you can remember any reading that you’ve done since the program's official start date, you’re welcome to go back and count that.
Can I count reading that I did before the official start date? 
We ask that you count only reading you’ve done within the official dates of the program, June 1–July 31, 2017.
I forgot my password. How can I retrieve it?
  • If you entered your email address when you registered, you can retrieve your password via email. From the Login page, click on “Did you forget your password? Get it by email.”
  • If you did not enter your email address when you registered, staff at your branch can help you change your password.
I forgot my username. How can I retrieve it?
Call your branch of the library and ask to speak with the Children's or Young Adult staff.

FAQs for Babies and Kids

Can I count the time that I spend reading a book or the number of pages I've read even if I don’t finish the book? 
Absolutely! Ten minutes is ten minutes, and ten pages is ten pages.

I received an email that says I earned my achievement certificate. Can the library print the certificate for me?
We encourage you to print your certificate at home or save an electronic version. If you would like a print copy, the Children’s Department will have some pre-printed certificates.


How many points am I allowed to submit per day in the Kids program?

How many Kids Program missions (challenges) do I need to complete to enter the system-wide drawing?

What are the conversions of pages and minutes to points?
1 page = 1 minute = 1 point

How many minutes do I need to read in order to receive the three prize levels in the Kids Program?
Prize Level 1 = 5 Hours = 300 minutes/pages/points
Prize Level 2 = 15 Hours = 900 minutes/pages/points
Prize Level 3 = 30 Hours = 1,800 minutes/pages/points

Can I earn points for reading lists?
No, you do not earn points for reading lists. However, you do earn badges.

I am a teacher who would like to sign up a group rather than create individual accounts. How do I do this?
Call or visit your branch’s Children’s Department to register a group.

I am a rising 6th grader. Which program should I sign up for?
If you will be starting 6th grade in the fall of 2017, please sign up for the Teen Summer Reading program. Questions? Ask your branch’s Children’s or Young Adult librarian.

FAQs for Teens

How does it work?
Simple! You read, you tell us how many pages you read, and we give you prizes! You can enter the program using this website, or by submitting paper forms, which are available at any CCPL location. Feel free to mix and match online and paper logging.

What can I read?
Anything! You can read books, magazines, articles on the internet, even text messages!

What counts as one page?
Use your best judgement—we trust you! But in case you need some guidance, check out this list:

One page =

  • 15 text messages (or)
  • 10 tweets (or)
  • 5 Facebook posts + comments (or)
  • 1 word search puzzle (or)
  • 1 back of a cereal box

What about audiobooks?
You can absolutely listen to audiobooks for the YA Summer Reading program! Just look up the number of pages in the text version of the book and use that (you can look it up in our catalog or on, or just ask us for help).

What are the prizes?
You get a sweet treat from McDonald’s just for registering, and once you reach 500 pages you’ll receive a prize package for completing the program, including our cool Summer Reading t-shirt. There are also random weekly prize drawings throughout the whole program, so make sure you keep logging for even more chances to win!

FAQs for Adults

What are the official rules for the adult summer reading program?
  • You can enter online or on paper. Entry forms are available at any Charleston County Public Library branch, or you can download an entry form to drop off.  
  • Complete one entry form for a book that you have read. Leave the form at the branch or submit it online to be eligible for prize drawings. Multiple forms may be filled out weekly, but only one per book.
  • Four prize drawings will be held between June 1 and July 31. A grand prize winner will be selected in August.
  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Contestants need not be present to win.
  • Employees of the Charleston County Public Library are not eligible.
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