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–August 31, 2021.
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 library branch and ask to speak with a staff member in the Children's, Young Adult, or Adult Department.

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 at your local CCPL branch will have some pre-printed certificates. Contact your local CCPL branch for more information on how to pick up your prizes. 

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

What are the prizes?

5 hours/300 points: 
A reading certificate, Wendy's Frosty coupon, a voucher to RiverDogs end of summer celebration, small toy, and a CCPL color-change pencil

15 hours/900 points:
A SC Reading medal, one book from a selection of Children's K-5th grade titles,
A voucher for free karate lessons from Master's Studios-OR-White Key Studios music lesson
A voucher for free admission to Carolina Ice Palace-OR-Sky Zone
A voucher for free admission to Charleston Museum

30 hours/1800 points:
A Children's Summer Reading t-shirt
A Raising Cane's-OR-Choice of Local Food Coupon 
A voucher for free admission to Patriot's Point-OR-SC Stingrays game                        A voucher for free admission to Charles Towne Landing-OR-SC Aquarium
A voucher for free admission to The Gibbes Museum of Art
A voucher for free mini-golf at Charleston Fun Park
A voucher for free admission to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Entry into the branch Grand Prize drawing

*Prizes are limited and while supplies last.

Grand Prize Drawing
19 winners (one from each CCPL branch) will receive a gift basket of various swag from sponsors, plus a set of Brain Blox, Sky Zone jump pass, a STEM toy, and more. Winners will be drawn after Aug. 31, 2021. 

All-Star Mission Drawing:
Participants who complete 15 out of 30 missions will be entered into a randomly selected drawing for Brain Blox plank set. Winners will be drawn after Aug. 31, 2021. 

How does the Pre-Readers Summer Reading Program work? 
This program is designed for pre-readers to help build early literacy skills with simple, fun activities that caregivers and children can do together. Complete 23/25 activities to receive a board book, a shaker egg, an activity scarf, and squeezable animal ball. You'll also be entered into the branch grand prize drawing of a plush Hungry Pelican educational toy.

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 2021, 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 Amazon.com, or just ask us for help).

What are the other activities?
You'll earn more points for completing missions: you can write book reviews, create a piece of art, follow recipes, start a new hobby, and more!

What are the prizes?

5 hours/300 points
Win a free Wendy's Frosty, a Charleston RiverDogs ticket, and some CCPL swag
A Teen Summer Reading t-shirt, a stainless steel water bottle free admission to the Gibbes Museum, free admission to Carolina Ice Palace, free admission to Patriots Point, a South Carolina Stingrays ticket, and entry into branch grand prize drawing.
A winner at each branch will win a $50 Visa gift card!

15 hours/900 points
Drawstring sports bag, choice of paperback book, a voucher for free TCBY yogurt, and a oucher for one month of free lessons from Masters Studios 

30 hours/1800 points
A Teen Summer Reading t-shirt, a stainless steel water bottle free admission to the Gibbes Museum, free admission to Carolina Ice Palace, free admission to Patriots Point, a South Carolina Stingrays ticket, and entry into branch grand prize drawing.

Grand Prize Drawing:
A winner at each branch will receive a $50 Visa gift card!

*Prizes are while supplies last

FAQs for Adults

Adults have many opportunities to earn and win prizes throughout the summer just for reading! 

How does it work?
Log your reading throughout the summer and complete challenges to earn points.

What can I read?
The sky is the limit! Read physical books, newspapers or magazines, listen to audiobooks or read on your eReader. Read alone, with your family or listen to someone read to you.

What counts as one point?
Everyone one minute spent reading counts as one point. Record your reading in pages or minutes, whatever is easiest for you. 

What about podcasts?
Things like podcasts and lectures do not count. Material read has to be something that exists in a physical format somewhere, how you choose to access it (physical, audio or e version) is up to you. 

What are the prizes?!

300 Points/5 Hours:
  • Bookmark
  • CCPL cat pen
  • Wendy’s free frosty coupon
  • An invitation to a Charleston RiverDogs end of summer celebration
900 Points/15 Hours:
  • Nature coloring book
  • CCPL reusable silicone straw (on a keychain)
1800 Points/30 Hours:
  • Adult Summer Reading t-shirt
  • One book from a selection of adult titles (while supplies last)
  • CCPL coaster
  • Voucher for a free food item at Hardee’s
  • Free admission to Patriots Point
  • An entry in the Grand Prize drawing

Grand Prize:

One winner at each branch will receive a prize valued at $45. Winners will be drawn after August 31, 2021.

What are the official rules for the adult summer reading program?
  • Register online at home, or call your local CCPL branch for help creating an account. 
  • Participants can log pages or minutes that they have read alone, or with others, to earn points. Points can be earned by reading any materials (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) in any format (print, audio, etc.)
  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Contestants need not be present to win.
  • Employees of the Charleston County Public Library are not eligible.