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CSLP Summer Reading 2024 Bigfoot

Thank you for being a part of Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!
Below we have answered several frequently asked questions. If you have any more questions about the website or how Summer Reading works, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Librarian, Dr. Emilee’ Le Clear.

Join Us for our 2024 Summer Reading Program:
Adventure Begins at Your Library!

Summer Reading FAQ’s

Can I read books that are not from the library?

Yes!! Although we highly encourage library use, we’re just happy that you’re reading!

What if I don’t have a computer?

We have options! You can come into the library and pick up an activity log at the front desk, or use one of our computers to print one off.

How do I sign up my whole family?

Each child needs to be registered separately.

My baby or toddler can’t read, how do they participate in the Summer Reading Program?

The Pre-Readers age group (0-5) completes the 5 Roads to Reading (Singing, Talking, Playing, Writing, Reading). We have a special activity log for pre-readers. All of the Pre-Readers that complete their log will automatically be put in a drawing to win more prizes!

How do I log my hours and activities?

For the K-5th game board, you can mark off a space for every hour you read and every activity completed up to 10 hours. For the 6th-12th grade activity log, you can write a note for each hour spent reading or doing an activity up to 10 hours; specifying the book or activity is optional!

What is an activity?

An activity can be pretty much anything that encourages participants to get involved with our theme. For this year’s theme of All Together Now & community, here are some ideas for activities:​

  • Play a board or card game with friends or family.
  • Visit a Local Lake or River
  • Go on a Nature Walk in the park
  • Attend a library program
  • Help someone with a chore at home
  • Read aloud to a pet or stuffed animal
  • Learn about people from another culture
  • Write a story about your town
  • Go kayaking or swimming
  • Make a homemade gift for someone!
  • Draw a picture of your friends or family
Where do I put in what activities I’ve done?

You don’t have to! On your activity logs, you can either note that you did an activity or write the activity on a space. The choice is up to you! 

What do I do once the game boards are completed?

Bring your completed activity logs in after June 18th with your name & number listed, and we will call you as soon as your prize pack is ready to pick up!

Do I need to log the names of the books I’ve read?

No, tracking the books you read is more for your own benefit. It is not required to complete the program.

Do I have to go to the events to participate in the Summer Reading Program?

No. Events are a bonus that we provide for our readers, but attending events can count towards your total hours on your activity log. 

What if I’ve completed my game board? Can I get another game board?

You can’t get another game board, but you can enter our Extreme Reader Challenge! For Children, every 3 extra hours you read, you can get your name put in a drawing for more prizes. You may print forms and keep track of your time here or stop by the library and pick them up. For Teens, every 5 extra hours you read, your name is put in a drawing for more prizes. You may print Teen Extreme Reader Challenges here​ or pick them up at the library. Drop your completed forms off at the front desk. 

Got More Questions?

If you have any other questions, please contact the library at (931) 684-7323 or email the Youth Services Librarian, Dr. Emilee’ Le Clear, at

Thank you for participating!

We cannot thank our Summer Reading sponsors enough for their support!

    • United Methodist Women
    • Prosser’s Towing, Inc.
    • Phillip T. Farrar
    • Templeton & Associates
    • Lowery Jewelers
    • SOAR Adventure Tower
    • Tennessee Aquarium
    • Skyzone Murfreesboro
    • Bedford Vet Partners / Northpoint Animal Hospital
    • Lightning Automotive
    • Bedford County Farm Bureau
    • First Community Bank of Tennessee
    • Donna Thomas
    • Linda Hasty
    • Duck River Electric Membership Corp.
    • Kincaid Service Company