Adventure Begins at Your Library: 2024 Summer Reading for All Ages - June 27-August 9

How It Works

We invite you to come into the library this summer to celebrate all things adventure, guided by this year’s theme, “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Participants of all ages can read books and complete challenge activities for a chance to win fantastic prizes!

 

FOR KIDS & TEENS

Kids and teens can receive buttons, free books, and raffle entries by participating in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Earn virtual badges by completing activities, and then visit the library to pick up matching buttons for your very own reading ribbon! This summer we also want to reward you for practicing the healthy daily habit of reading. If you log 25 days of reading this summer, you will earn a free book!

End-of-summer raffle prizes for kids will feature favorite characters, popular books, and more! Teens will also have a variety of themed raffles to choose from, including interests such as anime, adventure, and cryptids, as well as two Kindle e-readers! Registering for Summer Reading is easy with Beanstack! See below for details. Challenge registration begins on June 27th.

Our youth events this summer will include storytimes, crafts, games, and STEM programs. Tweens & teens will also have events especially for them — cupcake decorating, crafts, cooking, and more! Most programs will require registration; check our event calendar for more details and registration information.

 

 

 

FOR ADULTS

Adults can use Beanstack to read and earn raffle tickets too! To participate in the challenge, complete various activities. Each completed activity will earn you raffle tickets that can be entered into the end-of-challenge prize drawings. To master the Summer Reading Challenge and automatically be entered into our Kindle e-reader grand prize raffle, complete all 15 activities! Enjoy a summer full of great events for adults, including concerts, art programs, book chats, wellness, and history events.

Register on Beanstack to get started. See below for additional instructions. Challenge registration begins on June 27th. For adults who do not wish to participate online, traditional paper game cards will be available in the library beginning June 27th. Stop in and register to receive your game card.

 

Beanstack - Online Registration

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Watch registration video

1. Go to eastgreenbushlibrary.beanstack.org.

2. Click on register an individual or family and enter your information.

3. Register additional family members by choosing add another child or register another adult when prompted.

4. Choose the challenge you would like to participate in, and click register for this challenge. (Beginning on June 27th!)

5. Upon registration, each individual be able to begin logging reading & activities and earning badges!

 

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Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders