Summer Reading FAQ

What is Summer Reading all about?

Summer Reading is a great way to encourage reading as a lifelong habit, keep reading skills sharp, and encourage interest in books, new ideas and learning. We have fun programs (and great prizes) throughout the summer for every age. Join us June 7 – August 1 for Reading is our Superpower!

How do I sign up?

Sign up HERE or in person at the Winnetka Library or Northfield Branch Library starting June 7.

What is the Summer Reading goal?

Your goal this summer is to read for 18 hours (1080 minutes.) That is just 20 minutes a day. Make reading part of your daily habits! Log your reading minutes online to be entered toward our grand prize toy baskets for kids, movie prize packs for teens, and local restaurant gift certificates for adults.

How do I log my reading?

Once you have logged in, the reading log can be found at the center of your screen. You may enter minutes read and provide a title and author if you wish to keep track of what you have read. Press “Log Minutes” to submit the information.

What if I forget my password?

If you provided an email address, you can recover your password by clicking “Sign in!” and then the “Forgot your password?” link at the bottom of the screen. Provide your username, click “Send Recovery email,” and it will be emailed to the associated email address. If you did not provide an email address, check in with a librarian or volunteer to reset your password.

I’m a parent, where are my kids’ accounts?

When you signed up for the program, you probably signed your children up at the same time. To find your kids’ accounts, click the “My Profile” link on your menu bar and choose “Family.” Any linked accounts will be located here. Click “Switch to” next to the family member you want to view.

How do I add family members?

From your dashboard, click the “My Profile” link in the menu bar. Click “Family,” then “Add Family Member.” You can register a new family member here.

My child already has an account, can I add them as a family member?

Yes! From your dashboard, click the “My Profile” link in the menu bar. Click “Family” then “Add existing participant to your Family.” If your child already created an account at another time, you will be able to enter their username and password, and then click “Add participant.”

What are digital badges?

Badges are viewable marks of achievement for completing suggested challenges found on the Summer Reading website. There are dozens of badges just waiting to be earned. Complete challenges at Library events, in or around the Library, and at home!

How do I change my avatar?

Once you’ve logged in to your account, you can click on the image in the left-hand column that says “Click here to customize your avatar” to reach the avatar creation area. You can use the arrows on the right and left to make changes to your avatar. Once you are happy with it, click “Save.” Click the home icon at the top of the page to return to your dashboard.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Send an email to Amanda Garrity, Interim Head of Youth Services, at and she will be happy to answer your question.