The theme of the 2020 challenge is "Imagine Your Story," and while it emphasizes the importance of reading at an early age, the challenge is open to people of all ages, according to the city.. Participants are encouraged to read for 20 minutes a day. Readers will earn one point per minute for reading physical or electronic books, including graphic novels, or for listening to audiobooks. Additional points are earned for attending virtual programs and completing online challenges. Points are tallied, and kids can earn prizes for their reading. Points and prizes are available on the city website at www.chandleraz.gov.
Prizes include a free personal pizza from Peter Piper Pizza, free lemonade from Raising Cane’s and an Arizona State Park pass. Grand Prize drawings will also take place at each participating library for the chance to win family passes to Legoland Discovery Center/Sea Life Aquarium. Readers who tally 1,000 points can choose a free book for their home library or can donate it to a local Head Start classroom. Last year, Head Start classrooms in Maricopa County received more than 1,500 books thanks to the generosity of summer readers across the Valley, according to the city.
Maricopa County residents are encouraged to register for the program now so they are ready to begin on June 1, when participants can start logging their summer reading and activities in English at https://read20az.com or in Spanish at https://leepor20az.com.
Chandler Public Library readers of all ages can check out books, use audiobooks and get ebooks at home through the online CloudLibrary or Tumblebooks. Any kind of reading counts—even being read to, for the youngest library users.
Start logging summer reading activities for prizes, beginning June 1. Anyone who logs 1,000 points—one minute of reading is equal to one point—can choose a free book from an online marketplace while supplies last, according to the city.
For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, events, programs, registration and prizes, visit https://chandlerlibrary.org/src or call 480-782-2800.