Welcome to the Camden County Library System’s 2023 Summer Reading Programs! This year’s theme is “All Together Now”. During the six weeks of All Together Now, June 26 to August 6, readers will track the time they spend reading, then log those minutes into this website in order to earn prizes.
There are four programs:
- Early Readers
- Elementary Readers
- Middle & High School Readers
- Adult Readers*
Each program is described in more detail below. In all four programs, readers will reach milestones and earn digital badges by logging the number of minutes read. Each minute is represented by a “point.”
- Level 1: 1 hour read
- Level 2: 3 hours read
- Level 3: 5 hours read
- Level 4: 7 hours read
- Level 5: 10 hours read
- Level 6: 15 hours read
- Level 7: 20 hours read
Each time you earn a new badge, you earn a prize to be picked up at your local branch.
*Adult readers will not earn prizes with every badge
Our 2023 Summer Reading Programs
For infants through children under age 5.
You are your child’s first teacher, and the library encourages you to read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child every day! In this program, track each minute you read to and with your child. It still counts if your 8-month-old is chewing on another book while you read, and if your 3-year-old makes a book that normally takes 2 minutes to read into a 20-minute activity by asking a lot of questions! Make sure to count time spent singing to your child, talking about letters and words, "writing" out a grocery list, or making up a story on the spot. All of these activities help develop literacy skills, and that's what we hope to encourage with this program.
For students entering Kindergarten through Grade 5.
Your child is reading on their own (or very close to it!) Track any time spent reading -a book for fun, an assignment for school, a graphic novel, a non-fiction book about trains - reading is reading! Even though your child can read on their own, it's still a great idea to read aloud together. Alternate chapters or pages between readers, or even volunteer to read a chapter book aloud to the family by yourself throughout the summer! Reading prevents the summer slide where students regress in their abilities during time off from school.
Middle & High School Readers
For students entering Grade 6 through Grade 12.
For students entering Grade 6 through Grade 12. Any reading counts! A school assignment, a book for fun, manga, fan fiction - we just want you to read. Research has shown that engaging with stories about other people can improve empathy and theory of mind: in short, reading about other people makes you a better person! Challenge yourself to read a book by an author from a different background than you, or a book about a character from a completely different perspective than your own.
For adults ages 18 and older.
Feel like a kid again and sign up for Summer Reading!
Read the latest best seller, set a positive reading example for a child or grandchild, listen to an audiobook, or enjoy some arm chair traveling. Adults will not earn prizes with badges, but check with your branch about other potential prizes or drawings.
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