Summer Reading Program - Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

A. Children from birth through students entering 5th grade (as of September 2014) must register for the FIZZ BOOM READ! program for kids. Teens entering 6th grade through college freshmen (as of September 2014) must register for the Spark a Reaction program for teens.                    

A. No, like all Frederick County Public Libraries programs, the Summer Reading Program is free!

You do not need a library card to sign up for the Summer Reading Program or to participate in library programs. However, you will need a library card to check out books, DVDs, magazines, CDs, so we encourage you to visit your local branch library and get a card.

Signing Up

A. There are 2 ways to sign up for Summer Reading.
1. You may visit your local branch library to sign up.
2. You may sign up online by visiting the Summer Reading Program Website. Select your reading program from the top of the page - FIZZ BOOM READ! for birth through 5th graders and Spark a Reaction for 6th graders through college freshmen - then click on the Login to the Summer Reading Website button followed by the Sign Me Up button. Select a username and password, and enter your name and other information. You do not need a library card to sign up for Summer Reading. Note: Please enter as much information as you can, since we will use this to contact you if you win one of the grand prizes. Make sure you come to the library to pick up your Summer Reading packet , including your gameboard, and to get your prizes.                     

A. The library requests as little information as possible from you, and your name will never be visible to others viewing the site, even if you post reviews of the books you read. The database that contains all of the information about your account is secured by encrypted password access. However, we encourage you not to share your username or password with anyone.

A. If you have already signed up for Summer Reading, but did not get a username and password, contact your local branch library and ask to have them set your username and password.

If you have not signed up for Summer Reading, visit the Summer Reading Program Website. Select your reading program from the tabs at the top of the page (FIZZ BOOM READ! for Kids and Spark a Reaction for Teens) and then click on the Sign Me Up button. Select a username and password, and enter your name and other information. You do not need a library card to sign up for Summer Reading. Note: Please enter as much information as you can, since we will use this to contact you if you win one of the prizes. Make sure you come to the library to pick up your Summer Reading packet, including your gameboard, and to get your prizes!

A. Click OK and then try choosing a different username. Adding a number at the end of your preferred username might help, or selecting a combination of two usernames you like.

A. There may be another person in the Summer Reading program with the same name. If you have not signed up for Summer Reading before (online or at the library), confirm that your information is correct and press OK. If you think that you may have already signed up for Summer Reading, press cancel and contact your local branch library to set your username and password.

A. There are 3 ways to find out what your username and/or password might be:

1. If you provided an email address when you signed up for the Summer Reading Program, click on the “Forgot Your Login Info?” button on the Summer Reading Program Website. Enter your email address in the box and click “Go.” An email will be sent to your email address with your username and password.
2. Contact your local branch library.
3. If you provided an email address when you signed up for the Summer Reading Program, you should have received a confirmation email with your username and password. Check your inbox for this email.

A.

1. Log into the Summer Reading Program Website with your existing password.
2. Click on the “Your Info” button.
3. Click on “Change Password” to set a new password.
4. Click the “Save” button to get back to the main menu. 

A. The Summer Reading Program website uses Facebook Connect to allow the user to connect to their Facebook account and post directly to their wall. If teens choose to connect to Facebook, they have the option of posting directly to their wall when they register for the program, as well as the books that they read.

A. Make sure that your pop-up blocker is turned off. Also, try resetting your browser.

A. Facebook requires that users be 13 years of age to receive an account. Kids who participate in the FIZZ BOOM READ! program are younger than this age, and therefore ineligible to have a Facebook account. However, teens have the option to connect their account with Facebook 

Participating

A. No! You can sign up at your local branch library and participate at the library without using the website at all. However, kids can earn an extra prize by tracking their minutes online and reading 600 or more minutes.                   

A.

1. Log into the Summer Reading Program Website.
2. Click on “Add/View Log.”
3. Enter the number of minutes that you read and the title of the book, magazine, newspaper, or other printed material that you read.
4. You may add a text review and a numerical review on this screen as well.
5. Select the date when you read the material from the calendar icon.
6. Select Yes or No if you do or do not want other people to see your review. Note: If you select "Yes," your name will not appear with your review. All reviews must follow FCPL’s Social Media Commenting Policy.
7. Click “Save” to save your minutes and review.
8. You will now see your minutes added to your log.
9. Click “Back” to go back to the main menu.

A. Once you have entered a review, you can change it by clicking on “My Reviews” after logging in to the Summer Reading Program Website. Click “View” next to the review you want to change and press “Save” to save the changes when you are finished. All reviews must follow FCPL’s Social Media Commenting Policy

A. If you want to see a review that you wrote, click on the “My Reviews” button after logging in to the Summer Reading Program Website. If you still can’t find it, check with your local branch library.

A. Your name and username will never appear with your reviews, so if you make your reviews public, other kids will only see your review and not your name. If you don’t want anyone to see your review, be sure to select “No” when you log your minutes.

A. Children and teens can set their own reading goal for the summer. It does not impact how you complete the program or your ability to win prizes – it is simply a way to set a personal reading goal. Also, you can always change your Patron Goal at any time by clicking the ‘Your Info’ button from your Activity Center Homepage.

A. If you are participating in the FIZZ BOOM READ! program for kids, you should come to the library and get a gameboard. You earn a prize for each completed row of reading activities on the gameboard. There are 3 rows with 6 reading activities in each. When you complete the third row, your prize will be a paperback book. You can also earn one treasure chest prize for logging 600 or more minutes online. You cannot complete the FIZZ BOOM READ! program for kids and receive your completion certificate and take home your free book without using the gameboard and visiting the library.

If you are participating in the Spark a Reaction program for teens, you should come to the library and get a gameboard. You can track your gameboard activities, hours of reading, or teen program attendance on the Summer Reading Program Website. You are automatically entered into prize drawings for cool gift cards for each logged gameboard activity, hour of reading, or teen program attended. Once you complete the 12 activities on your gameboard, you should come to the library to select your free book. You can continue entering hours of reading and teen program attendance for more chances to win.    

A. We have a limited number of gameboards and are not able to give out extras. We encourage patrons to log reading online using the Summer Reading Program Website. Teens can also attach a sheet of paper to their gameboard and note their reading time. They can take this to the library to have more chances to win prizes.

A. A Passport to Reading is on the back of all gameboards. If you have registered online, be sure to collect your gameboard with passport at your local branch, along with your other sign up materials. Patrons must visit and receive a stamp at each of FCPL’s 8 branches to complete the passport activity. Once a patron has visited all 8 branches, they must turn their passport in to any FCPL library by August 9, 2014 to enter a drawing for a backpack, a baseball signed by Frederick Keys baseball players, and a $20 PNC gift card. Pick up a keychain prize when you turn in your passport!

Prizes

A. We have lots of great prizes for both programs thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Check them out here!

A. Visit your local branch library to pick up your prizes.
Kids in the FIZZ BOOM READ! program earn 1 prize from the treasure chest for each of the first 2 completed rows of gameboard activities. For the third row, they can select a paperback book to keep. Kids also earn 1 treasure chest prize for recording 600 or more minutes on the Summer Reading Program Website

Teens in the Spark a Reaction program enter a random prize drawings for cool gift cards for every gameboard activity, hour of reading, or teen program attended and logged online or reported to their branch library. The more teens do the more chances they have to win! After completing a combination of 12 gameboard activities, hours read, and programs attended, teens visit the library and select a paperback book to keep.                     

A. Library staff will contact the family of the lucky child or teen who has won the grand prize, or any of the “bigger” prizes offered by the branches. Patrons must be registered by August 10, 2013 to be eligible for any of the grand prizes.

A. The last date to pick up prizes for the Summer Reading Program is August 31st. No prizes will be available after that date.                 

Finishing

A. If you are participating in the FIZZ BOOM READ! program for kids, you will be able to print your certificate after you log 600 or more minutes online using the Summer Reading Program Website. Go to your Home Page and click the button “Print Certificate.” After you have printed your certificate, bring it into your local branch to redeem your prize from the treasure chest.

If you are participating in the Spark a Reaction program for teens, you will be able to print your certificate after completing 12 gameboard activities, hours of reading, or teen programs attended and logging them online using the Summer Reading Program Website. Go to your Home Page and click the button “Print Certificate.” After you have printed your certificate, bring it into your local branch to receive your paperback book. The library will keep your certificate.

A. If you are unable to print your certificate, tell your branch librarian. We will log into your account and verify that you have logged the minimum minutes needed.