Summer Challenge 2016: How It Works

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How It Works…

  • The Challenge begins on June 20 and is for teens entering grades 6 and up. It ends on August 7th at 11:59 PM, with the finale party and prize drawings on Thursday, August 11th.
  • Create a profile at All members must create a new profile, even if you’ve participated in the challenge before.
  • On Monday, June 20th, begin to log your activities. Here is how:
    • Write a short (less than 200 words) blog post about what you are doing this summer – reading, watching, making, helping…(whatever, really!) on your profile page to the earn points for that activity.
      • Yes…this is different than the last few years. Keep reading for more on how and what to post…
    • There are weekly drawings for gift cards to local shops, so make sure to post at least one thing each week!
    • The more points you earn over the course of the summer, the more chances you get to win one of our fabulous grand prizes!
      • How are points earned? You guessed it…keep reading and you’ll get your answer!

 You have some questions?

Rules, rules rules…Points, points, points. But what can I win?

  • Right – PRIZES! They will be announced very soon!
  • Each week of the challenge, we will give away a $25 gift card, drawn at random from anyone who completed a challenge activity the week before.
  • For every 2 points you earn doing challenges, you will receive one raffle ticket at our Finale party.
  • If you earn at least 20 points, you get entered into our Grand Prize raffle.
  • The top 10 points-earners are guaranteed a prize!

Do I have to use my full name to register?

Nope: Just your first name and last initial (or an alias) will work. Just make sure we can figure out who you are and how to get in touch with you if you win!

We can really earn points for random stuff? Not just reading?

  • Yup. As long as you can follow the guidelines when you write about it, you’ll get pointed.

Ah. Guidelines. What are those?

To earn points: Do stuff, then tell us about it.

  1. Tell us what you did (read, saw, etc.)
  2. Describe it for us!
  3. Tell us how it made you feel!
  4. Tell us a thing you’d change about it

Cool. Cool cool cool. But how do the points work?

You can earn up to 3 points for each activity that you log. Sign in to your Challenge account and add a new post and get writing. The more in-depth your post, the more points you earn!*

EXAMPLE: You watched The Jungle Book.

0 Point Entry: “I watched the Jungle Book.” NOPE.

1 Point Entry: “I watched The Jungle Book. It is about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle who has to defeat Shere Khan.” You…tried…kinda…I guess?

2 Point Entry: “I watched The Jungle Book. It’s a movie based on a classic book about a boy named Mowgli who goes on an epic adventure in the jungle where he grew up. I really liked it. I thought the effects were amazing.” Nice!…Almost there!

3 Point Entry: “I watched The Jungle Book. It’s a movie based on a classic book about a boy named Mowgli who goes on an epic adventure in the jungle where he grew up. I really liked it. I thought the special effects were amazing. But I thought it was a little too scary, especially for the little kids in the theatre. I would have changed it by making it less scary in places.” YAAASS! FULL POINTS!

*Also there are Bonus Points: Completing special weekly challenges, and/or constructively comment on posts!  NOTE: All points are awarded at the discretion of the librarian game runners and are not negotiable.

I won’t be home this summer. Boo.

Not Boo! Because the Challenge is online, you can play from anywhere you have internet access.

What? I have no idea what kind of stuff I should be doing…

Anything. Really. Read stuff. Watch movies. Help out in your neighborhood. Come to the library and make stuff or participate in our events. Everything counts – once you write about it!

Also, there will be special weekly challenges to complete, if you choose. They will be worth lots of points so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

So, basically, just read a lot of books to get points?

Sure. Wait. Not really. Be sure to log your activities and write thoughtfully about them in order to maximize your points.

What books/movies can I read/see?

Whatever. You. Want. Of course, we librarians have…opinions…so check out some of our lists, the RightBook blog, or ask us in person at the library or online using the Challenge site. We’ll steer you in the right direction.

What events can I go to?

Ah, so many events…Things to look forward to this summer:

  • Harry Potter Week!
    • Featuring a Potter-themed Escape Room for tweens, teens and adults!
  • Lip Sync Showdown!
  • NEW: Fandom Foundation Films Series!

Why do I have to wait until June 20th? I’m ready to play NOW!

We are really happy to hear that. Ah, well…

How do we go from points to prizes?

For every two points you earn, you will receive one raffle ticket at our finale party on 8/11/2016, where we will draw for our prizes.

  • If you can’t attend the party, let us know at least a week in advance and we’ll work something out – there is always a bonus prize just for people who can’t make the finale.
  • We will also have a weekly raffle for gift cards to local and/or online stores, based on who enters challenges into their profile each week.

What happens to all those unclaimed points if people don’t turn up at the party? Can I have them?

Nope. Sorry. We give them a Viking-style funeral back behind the library at the end of the summer.

More questions?

Ask them at or post a comment here on the blog.

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