Adult Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, August 29
Earn tickets for raffles and prizes!

June 12, 2024

Events > Adult Summer Reading

Event Information

When

Wednesday, June 12
to Thursday, August 29
iCal / Google Calendar

Where

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    1 book = 1 ticket

    Record your reading for a chance to win some great prizes! Each book you read earns you 1 virtual ticket. Tickets can be used in raffles or redeemed for prizes at the Reference Desk.

    Info booklets are available at the Reference Desk starting in June. Booklets include rules, raffle baskets, summer events, and an optional reading log.

    To participate online, visit read.berlinpeck.org.

    Get Started Online

     

    Summer Reading Newsletter

    Subscribe to stay up-to-date with summer reading! You’ll receive an email once a week with updates on upcoming prizes, raffle winners, spotlights, and book recommendations. Plus, we’ll let you know when summer reading starts next year.

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    How It Works

    1. Visit read.berlinpeck.org and sign up.
    2. Start reading!
    3. Once you’ve finished a book, enter it online.
    4. When you enter your book, you can choose to put your virtual ticket in a raffle basket, or save it up to redeem for prizes at the Reference Desk.

     

    What books count?

    For your book to qualify for Adult Summer Reading, you should be able to answer ‘yes’ to these questions:

    • Did you start reading it on or after June 12?
    • Is it a book, ebook, audiobook, or graphic novel?
    • Is it at your general reading level?

    Every adult should feel comfortable participating, regardless of their reading level. If materials found in the children’s department match your reading level, you are welcome to submit them for Adult Summer Reading. However, you should not submit children’s books to the Adult Summer Reading program if they are not appropriate for your normal reading level.

    Young Adult (YA) or Teen books are considered to be adult books.

    If you are reading to (or with) a child, please count those books towards the child’s summer reading and not the Adult Summer Reading program.

     

    Ice Cream Prize

    The first 50 people who visit the Library after signing up for Adult Summer Reading will receive a coupon for FREE Pralines Ice Cream.

    Please sign up before visiting the Reference Desk. If you haven’t signed up, a librarian can get you set up on a public computer to sign up. First come, first served. We have a limited number of coupons; once they’re gone, they’re gone. Limit one per participant.

     

    Leader Board

    Challenge yourself to read more this year! Our online leaderboard shows you how many books you and your fellow Summer Readers have read, plus a list of recently read books from your fellow Summer Readers.

     

    Small/Medium/Large Prizes

    Not interested in raffles? Visit the Reference Desk to redeem your tickets for prizes! Tickets that have been redeemed for prizes can no longer be used in raffle baskets.

    • Mini Prizes (2 tickets)
      Vinyl stickers, bookmarks, and Berlin-Peck swag!
    • Small Prizes (5 tickets)
      Berlin-Peck swag, special pins, coupons for a free coffee, and more!
    • Medium Prizes (10 tickets)
      Coupons for a free book at the Friends Book Sale, reader-themed drinking glasses, and more.
    • Large Prizes (15 tickets)
      Books (some signed by the author!), puzzles, book journals, and more.

     

    Raffle Baskets

    Sadie’s Sunrise Cafe
    Raffle drawing Thursday, July 11

    $25 gift card to Sadie’s Sunrise Cafe, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Soulfully Vegan
    Raffle drawing Thursday, July 18

    $25 gift card to Soulfully Vegan, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    The Fresh Monkee
    Raffle drawing Thursday, July 25

    $25 gift card to The Fresh Monkee, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Camping Hammock + Subway
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 1

    A camping hammock ($30.39 value), plus a $10 gift card to Subway and a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Sliceworks
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 8

    $25 gift card to Sliceworks, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Picture Show
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 15

    $25 gift card to Picture Show, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Home Depot
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 22

    $25 gift card to Home Depot, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    The Gathering Board
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 29

    $50 gift card to The Gathering Board, plus a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!
    Tea Gift Set + Subway
    Raffle drawing Thursday, August 29

    A Tea Gift Set containing two ceramic mugs, five types of tea, and a tea strainer, plus a $10 gift card to Subway and a Berlin-Peck Memorial Library tote bag!

     

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do my books count for the year-long reading challenge, too?

    YES! Your books count for Summer Reading AND our Year-Long POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

     

    Can I participate without a computer/phone?

    Yes! Call or visit the reference desk, and a librarian will be able to submit books for you. Your books will be visible on the Summer Reading website, but you will not need to use the website yourself. For any other accommodation, please call 860-828-7126.

     

    Can I participate without entering the library?

    Yes! The raffles are entirely online. If you would like to redeem your tickets for small/medium/large prizes, call the reference desk and a librarian will assist you. The library will not mail prizes, but we will arrange for curbside pickup. For any other accommodation, please call 860-828-7126.

     

    Can people see my personal info?

    Some of it. Other Summer Readers will be able to view your username, book titles, and book comments. Feel free to use anything you’d like as a username, even random numbers. Your name, email address, and raffle basket choices will not be visible to other readers.

     

    Does page length matter?

    No. There is no restriction on page length or word count. We encourage you to branch out and explore poetry, graphic novels, short stories, novellas, shorter non-fiction, and other forms of literature beyond the typical novel. These works can really pack a punch in just a small package!

     

    Does reading level matter?

    *Your* reading level matters. There is no restriction on reading level. Every adult should feel comfortable participating, regardless of their reading level. If materials found in the children’s department match your reading level, you are welcome to submit them for Adult Summer Reading.

    Do not abuse this rule in a way that unfairly inflates your book total. We should not see someone submitting a significant number of children’s books alongside full-length novels. Doing so will disqualify you from winning raffle prizes for the rest of the summer. The books in question will have their tickets deactivated, meaning they cannot be redeemed for small/medium/large prizes.

    As far as reading level is concerned, Young Adult books are considered adult books. The Young Adult designation is given based on subject matter, genre, and the age of its protagonists—not reading level.

     

    How do raffles work?

    You’ll get to pick a raffle basket each time you enter a book online. You can use the Edit button to change your raffle basket selection until a raffle winner is drawn. Once we draw a winner, all the tickets in that basket are considered used up and cannot be moved into another basket or redeemed for small/medium/large prizes.

    • Each book you read counts as 1 virtual ticket.
    • Raffles are randomly drawn by a computer, using your virtual raffle tickets.
    • We will contact raffle winners directly by email or phone. Make sure your contact information is valid!
    • Winners will be announced in the Summer Reading Newsletter. Full names will not be posted.

     

    What about the all-year reading challenge?

    You can do both! Summer Reading books can ALSO be recorded in our All-Year Reading Challenge as long as they fulfill one of the reading prompts.

    Our All-Year Reading Challenge is a list of 52 reading prompts, from specific (“a book set in Appalachia”) to vague (“a book in a genre you usually avoid”). This year, you can choose from three challenge sheets: general reading prompts, book cover prompts, and title letter/number prompts. And best of all, you earn a fun and fashionable reading-themed pin for every five prompts you complete!

     

    What happens if I break the rules?

    If we find that a participant is not following the program rules, we will send one reminder. If they do not provide a satisfactory response, they may be disqualified from winning raffles for the rest of the summer. Questionable books may have their tickets deactivated, meaning they cannot be used for raffles or redeemed for small/medium/large prizes. There is no appeal procedure.

    A participant will only be disqualified due to an obvious pattern, not a few questionable books. If you think your reading choices may be misinterpreted, please consult a librarian before adding them to the summer reading website.

    If we determine you are breaking the rules and you do not correct the situation after a reminder, you will be disqualified. You will not receive notice of disqualification and will not be visibly disqualified. Your books may still appear on this website, and your total may still appear on the leaderboard.

     



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