Summer Reading - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the summer reading program?
All Beaufort County residents are encouraged to participate! Babies, toddlers, children, tweens, teens,
adults, and seniors. Parents and caregivers can complete the activities by reading to non-readers.

How can I participate?

All you need to participate is our paper game board and something(s) to read! Game boards are available at our libraries and online. The game board provides a daily reading activity, and you choose what you read!

What are the rules?

  • Don’t start the game before June 19. (But do start the game by July 4 to be eligible to win a grand prize.)

  • Complete only one activity square per day.

  • To be eligible to win a grand prize, return the completed paper game board to any of our libraries by July 31.

  • Only one game board submission per person.


Do I need to register?
Not at all. To participate, just pick up or print a paper game board.

Can I advance more than one reading block a day?

We love your enthusiasm! But please advance only one square a day. 

Can I skip days?
The reading activity squares are not tied to particular dates so there is wiggle room as long as you’re
able to complete the game and return the sheet to the library by July 31.

Do participants have to read books? What about magazines? Audiobooks?
We encourage reading in any form, but especially reading books. Participants can choose to read through
the format of their choice. We encourage reading for at least 20 minutes a day.

Do you need a library card to play?
A library card is not required but we enthusiastically encourage readers to sign up for a Beaufort County Library card.

Can I participate if I'm going to be out of town for a few weeks?
Certainly! Just make sure to start the game by July 4 and return your completed game board to the library no later than July 31. There are extra ‘wiggle room’ days built into the reading program to offer flexibility.

Do I have to do the game board's reading activities?

As long as you're reading for at least 20 minutes a day, we aren't picky how you do it! You can do a reading activity from the game board each day if you choose. Otherwise, it's perfectly acceptable to just read.

Do Beaufort County School District students return their game board to the schools?
BCSD students should return finished game boards to the library by July 31 to be eligible to win a grand prize. The library will provide to schools a list of students who complete the summer reading program. Students can return their game boards to the school after July 31 but they will not be eligible to win a grand prize.

When will you announce the grand prize winners?
Winners will be announced in August. Winners will be contacted by library staff.