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Sponsored by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library

Winter Reading Challenge dates extended due to severe winter weather and resulting power outages.

  • Logging time read extended to MARCH 1
  • Prize pick-up extended to March 8
Winter Reading Challenge logo

December 21 - February 21 NOW March 1

Nowhere to go this winter?
During cold winter months, a good book can take you on an adventure without leaving the comfort of a warm, cozy chair. Readers of all ages can participate in the Winter Reading Challenge and earn prizes!

Register

Register online at READsquared starting December 1 and start tracking your reading December 21

If you participated in the 2020 Summer Reading Program or the 2019 Winter Reading Challenge, use the same account instead of registering.

Forgot your password? Use the "Did you forget your password? Get it by Email" link on the READsquared Login page to reset it.


Fill out this form to contact Reading Program staff for help

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are available to install:

iOS app download    Android app download

How It Works

  1. Read
  2. Log Minutes
  3. Earn Points

1 minute = 1 point

Use points for drawing prize tickets or in the prize store.

How-To Instructions

Create Family Account

Family accounts let parents/guardians manage the accounts for ALL their children.

  1. Click/tap the "Account" button AFTER creating your own account
  2. Select "Add Child Account"
  3. Follow the prompts

If the child's account has already been created, come into the Library and let us know, so we can link them to your account
OR
Fill out this form to contact Reading Program staff for help

Log Reading Time

  1. Sign in to account on READsquared website or in mobile app
  2. Click/tap Menu Button in upper right corner
  3. Select "Logging"
  4. Click/tap "Enter Activity" to add the amount of time that you read

If you want, you can track the books you read this summer by including the book title and author.

Log Time for a Missed Day

Follow the instructions above to log reading time then:

  1. Double-click/tap in the line for "Date of Activity"
  2. Pick the correct date on the calendar
  3. Click/tap "Done"

Enter Drawing to Win Gift Card

  1. Sign in to account on READsquared website or in mobile app
  2. Click/tap "Prizes" tab
  3. Click/tap "See the Prizes" to see how many people have entered the drawing for that prize
  4. Click/tap "Get Tickets"
  5. Click/tap on ticket for the prize you want to enter to win
  6. Click/tap "Continue" to confirm the purchase of the ticket

Prizes

Prize Pick-up

December 28th until March 1 NOW March 8, while supplies last.

Completion Prize

Received when you read and log 20 hours (while supplies last)

Drawing Prizes

"Buy" drawing prize tickets for a chance to win a gift card with your reading points.

Prize Store

Spend your points on mystery silver or gold grab bags with a variety of prizes inside (while supplies last).

Age Group Prize Information

Click/tap the heading below for your age group to see prize information.

Adult Prizes: Ages 18+

Completion Prize
Free Book
Drawing Prizes
$25 Sprouts gift card
$25 Lowes gift card
Prize Store Items
Stickers
Buttons
Magnets
Books
Bookplates
Lip Balm
And more!

Teen Prizes: Ages 13-17

Completion Prize
Free Book
Drawing Prizes
$25 Cane Russo Pizza gift card
$25 Amazon gift card
Prize Store Items
Stickers
Buttons
Magnets
Bookmarks
Vouchers
Candy

Tween Prizes: Ages 9-12

Completion Prize
Free Book
Drawing Prizes
$25 Magic Time Machine gift card
$25 Half Price Books gift card
Prize Store Items
Stickers
Buttons
Magnets
Books
Bookmarks
Vouchers
Candy

Kid Prizes: Ages 5-8

Completion Prize
Free Book
Drawing Prizes
$25 Magic Time Machine gift card
$25 Blooms Candy gift card
Prize Store Items
Stickers
Buttons
Magnets
Bookmarks
Coupons

Listener Prizes: Ages Birth-4

Completion Prize
Free Book
Drawing Prizes
$25 Sprouts gift card
$25 Lakeshore Learning gift card
Prize Store Items
Bubbles
Stickers
Tattoos
Seed Packets
Coupons
Books

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Registration and Accounts

Who Can Participate
Everyone of all ages! Children who are too young to read by themselves can participate with an adult. A Carrollton Public Library card is not required for participation, though it is encouraged.
NOTE: Prize pickup is ONLY done in person at the Library
Why Information Is Needed
Any registration fields marked with a red asterisk are required. Other fields are optional.
This information is used to contact prize winners, for reporting purposes, or for planning next year's program.
New Account Needed?
No! If you participated in this year's Summer Reading Program or last year's winter reading challenge, then you should be able to log in with your previous username and password.
Forgot Password
If you entered your email address when you registered, click on the "Did you forget your password? Get it by email" option from the READsquared Login page.
Didn't enter your email? Ask staff for assistance or fill out this form to contact Reading Program staff.
Forgot Username
Ask staff for assistance or fill out this form to contact Reading Program staff

Points and Prizes

What Counts
ANY time you spend reading ANYTHING between December 21 and February 21 can be logged for points
• Reading textbooks counts
• Required reading for class counts
Points
For every minute of reading that you log, all age groups earn 1 point. You can use these points to buy drawing tickets for a gift card OR to buy grab bags in the prize store.
Picking Up Prizes
You may pick up prizes from either Library starting December 28th until March 1, while supplies last.
Earn More Points
For the 2020 Winter Reading Challenge, the ONLY way to earn points is by reading.
How to Know if You Won
We will call or email the contact information you provided during registration.
First names of winners will also be released on Carrollton Public Library social media pages.
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