Summer Reading FAQs

When does Summer Reading start?

Sign-up online begins June 1st, the libraries' kick-off events are June 5th at 10:00 am for Loma Colorado and June 6th at 10:00 am for Esther Bone. Check the calendar for all of our great events.

What is Summer Reading?

  A FREE program at Rio Rancho Public Libraries.

•    An opportunity to earn prizes by reading books. Reading is a proven way to keep brains sharp.  

•    A way to experience and be a part of the community.

•    A series of live cultural, educational, and entertaining performances and interactive experiences.

•    Pick up your sign up gift starting anytime June 5th and after. Limited supply so get here early!

•    Cool fun on hot days.

How do I sign up for Summer Reading?

Sign-up online starting June 1st and complete the required form.

Who can participate?

For children (0 - entering 6th grade):

1. Sign up for summer reading online starting June 1st and pick up a reading log and program bookmark at the library starting June 5th.

2. Receive a free book of your choice when you’ve recorded 15 minutes of reading, 5 times a week, for 3 weeks in June.

3. Receive a second free book of your choice when you’ve recorded 15 minutes of reading, 5 times a week, for 3 weeks in July.

4. Have your bookmark stamped at 4 library programs.

5. When your bookmark is full enter it into a raffle to win a fun prize basket.

For teens (entering 7th  - 12th grade):

1. Sign up for summer reading online starting June 1st and pick up a log at the library starting June 5th.

2. Receive a free book of your choice when you’ve read 6 books over 7 weeks and dropped off your reading log at the library.

3. Receive additional prizes by finding and scratching library prize scratchers in the teen area and at teen programs and enter into a raffle to win a fun prize basket.

For adults (18 & older):

1. Sign up for summer reading online starting June 1st.

2. Review books (audios count too!) by filling out a paper review slip or online form.

3. Those review slips are your entry into the weekly prize drawing, 1 winner per library per week.

4. Write reviews all summer long and you’re automatically entered to win a grand prize (1 per library).

What value does Summer Reading have for children?

Having the opportunity to join in the fun events at the library also enables children to check out books so they do not fall down the summer slide. Summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn't in session. Numerous studies show that kids who don't read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around.