Summer Reading FAQ

What’s 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 8 – August 1 for the Great Reading Adventure: Reading Can Take You Anywhere!

How do I sign up?

On June 8 you can you can sign up on our site or in person at the Winnetka Main Library or Northfield Branch Library!

Which program should I choose?

We recommend “Kids” for ages 0-13 and “Adults” for ages 14 and beyond, but you’re free to choose whichever program you like!

How does it work?

There’s something for everyone in our summer reading program—you can earn points, unlock badges, and win prizes. Once you’ve registered, you can come pick up your custom tote bag, then start logging your reading.
You’ll get 1 point for every minute you add to your reading log. Your goal this summer is to read for 18 hours (or 1080 minutes)! That’s just 20 minutes a day. Make reading a habit!

Take on additional challenges to unlock more digital badges (and avatar customizations!). For kids, if your school has the highest percentage of summer reading finishers, we’ll have a personalized trophy for your school! Can you beat 2017 defending champions Avoca West?

What are digital badges?

Badges are in-game marks of achievement; 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 into your account, you can click “Click Here To Customize Your Avatar.” 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.

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 account icon on your homepage and choose “Manage Family Members.” Then click “Login as” next to the family member you want to view.

How do I add family members?

From your main page, click the account icon in the menu bar. Click “Manage Family Members,” then “Add Family Member.” You can register a new family member, or, if your child already created an account at another time, you can click “My family member already has an account.”

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

Yes! From your dashboard, click the account icon in the menu bar. Click “Manage Family Members,” then “Add Family Member.” If your child already created an account at another time, you can click “My family member already has an account.” You’ll need to enter their username and password, and then click “Save.”

How do I log my reading?

The reading log is located in the center of your screen once you’ve logged in. Enter the number of minutes you’ve read and click “Submit.”

What if I forget my password?

If you provided an email address, you can recover your password by clicking “Login” and then “Lost password and it will be emailed to you. If you did not provide an email address, check in with a librarian to reset your password.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Send an email to Sheila Cody, the Head of Youth Services, at scody@winnetkalibrary.org and she will be happy to answer your question.