Summer Reading Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summer Reading 2024—Adventure Begins At Your Library?

Harford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure 2024 begins Saturday, June 1 and ends Saturday, August 17. We offer kids, teens, and adults ways to stay active in mind and body all summer long, and set reading goals that allow children to earn prizes. We host free, fun activities at all of our branches that keep everyone learning and reading.

How does it work?

Get started by registering on ReadSquared. You will need to create a new account each year, even if you have participated in previous years. Once you have created your account and enrolled, you can pick up your registration goodies at your local HCPL branch, starting Saturday, June 1. This year, infants through teens entering 12th grade can pick up a summer coupon sheet- filled with offers from local businesses and a voucher to attend an IronBirds baseball game. All while supplies last.

Each time you read or listen to a book, log it on ReadSquared or on a paper log. Infants to PreK have a goal of reading 25 books. Children entering grade K-5 have a goal of reading 10 books. Children entering grade 6-12 have a goal of reading 3 books. Adults have a goal of reading 5 books.

Starting Monday, June 17 you can pick up your completion prize. For infant through entering 8th grade - a free book and for students entering 9th grade through entering 12th grade - either a Horizon movie ticket or a Wegman’s gift card. All while supplies last. You will also receive a certificate of completion.

Who can participate?

Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teens, adults—everyone! Children who are too young to read by themselves can participate with an adult. Parents or caretakers are welcome to sign young children up and assist them with logging books.

What if I don’t have a library card?

Library cards are not required for participation. However, if you would like to get a Harford County Public Library card to access eBooks and more, get started with a Digital Library Card now! All HCPS students should have a digital library card linked to their school account. For more information, please consult our School Support Central page.

How do I create a family account?

If you are a parent or guardian and would like to create a family account to manage your children's accounts, simply follow the directions to create an account for yourself, then follow the prompts to register your children. Once you have created an account for yourself, log in and click on the "Account" button on the top menu of your screen, then select "Add Child Account." If your child also already has an account, select "Link Existing Account."

How can I manage my children’s accounts?

To find your childrens’ accounts, look for the “Family Accounts” box on the left-hand side of your account. Simply click the down arrow to open the drop-down menu to easily switch between your family members’ accounts!

What if my infant, toddler or preschooler already has an account for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?

You will need to create a new child account with a unique username for Summer Reading 2024—Adventure Begins At Your Library. Once created, link it to your family account.

Can I log books that I read on my computer or e-reader?

Sure! It’s all the same to us.

Can I log audiobooks?

You bet!

Can I join the program after it's official start date?

Of course!

I forgot my password. How can I retrieve it?

If you entered your email address at registration, you can retrieve your password via email. From the Login page, click on “Did you forget your password? Get it by email.”

If you did not enter your email address when you registered, please call any HCPL library location for staff to assist you in changing your password.

I forgot my username. How can I retrieve it?

Please call any HCPL library location and staff will assist you.

I don’t have a computer. Can I still participate?

Absolutely! Library staff can create an account for you. Call any HCPL library location or stop by to register.

Can I access the Summer Reading Adventure 2024 from a smartphone or tablet?

Yes! Download the ReadSquared app from your app store, search for Harford County Public Library, and create an account or login.

Where can I ask questions?

Please call any HCPL library location and staff will assist you.