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 6–August 15, 2020.
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?
Yes, you can earn points for reading lists. Click on "Log This Book" within the Reading List. The total minutes or pages that you read will be added to your points. 

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 2020, 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 or participate in other fun activities, you tell us about it, and we give you prizes!

What can I read?
Anything! You can read books, magazines, articles on the internet, even text messages! You'll earn one point for every page you read.

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 Young Adult 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 other activities?
You'll earn more points for completing missions: you can write reviews, draw pictures, follow recipes, visit libraries, and more!

What are the prizes?
5 points - Blast Off!
Win a free Wendy's Frosty, CCPL swag, and a chance to win gift cards and water park passes in the weekly prize drawings.

500 points - Solar System Superstar
Earn 500 points to win a Universe of Stories t-shirt, one ticket to the Charleston RiverDogs Celebrate Reading game, 3 oz. frozen yogurt from TCBY, one free karate lesson at Masters Studios and a free entry (one adult + one teen) to the Gibbes Museum of Art (while supplies last). Lastly, earn one entry in the $50 grand prize drawing.

1000 points - Out of this Universe!
Earn at least 1,000 points for an entry into the Galactic Grand Prize drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

FAQs for Adults

What are the official rules for the adult summer reading program?
  • Entry forms are available at any Charleston County Public Library branch, or you can simply enter online. 
  • Complete one entry form for a book that you have read this summer. Submit the form to the branch or 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.

FAQs for Seniors

Did you know there's a special summer reading program for seniors?
  • You can enter online or on paper. Entry forms are available at any Charleston County Public Library branch.
  • If you enter online, simply register as an adult and look for the Senior Summer Reading program under "Missions."
  • For every 10 activities you complete by July 31, you will win an entry into prize drawings for gift cards and other goodies!
  • Three winners will be announced in early August.

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