Summer Reading Program - Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The summer of Wonder is the new version of the Summer Reading Program. The goal of Summer of Wonder is to inspire Frederick County citizens to read and learn all summer long through exciting and engaging programming and events at the library and throughout the community. To help bring our community together through shared learning experiences, Summer of Wonder will focus on a yearly theme. The theme for 2015 is “Every Hero Has a Story.” FCPL will inspire citizens to discover and share those stories.

The Summer of Wonder – Every Hero Has a Story, will begin May 1 and end on August 31.

Wandoo is the name of the website where you can register to participate in Summer of Wonder virtually. There you will be able to log your reading minutes, complete missions and build a superhero

A. No, like all Frederick County Public Libraries programs, the Summer of Wonder Program is free!

You do not need a library card to sign up for the Summer of Wonder Program or to participate in library programs. However, you will need a library card to check out books, DVDs, magazines, CDs, so we encourage you to visit your local branch library and get a card.

Yes! Adults are encouraged to register to participate online. There will be adult programs at all library branches and challenges for adults to complete. There will also be prizes for those who finish the adult program.

Signing Up

A. There are 2 ways to sign up for Summer Reading.
1. You may visit your local branch library to sign up.
2. You may sign up online by visiting the Summer Reading Program Website. Select your reading program from the top of the page - FIZZ BOOM READ! for birth through 5th graders and Spark a Reaction for 6th graders through college freshmen - then click on the Login to the Summer Reading Website button followed by the Sign Me Up button. Select a username and password, and enter your name and other information. You do not need a library card to sign up for Summer Reading. Note: Please enter as much information as you can, since we will use this to contact you if you win one of the grand prizes. Make sure you come to the library to pick up your Summer Reading packet , including your gameboard, and to get your prizes.                     

For those who choose to use the paper gameboards the difference is in the tasks that the gameboard asks participants to complete corresponding to age. There are different gameboards for participants from 0-5, 6-10 and 11-12.

For those who participate online the difference is in how many reading minutes it takes to achieve different levels. The challenges may also differ based on age group. The age ranges are 0-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13-18, and 18+

The library requests as little information as possible from you, and your name will never be visible to others viewing the site. The database that contains all of the information about your account is secured by encrypted password access. However, we encourage you not to share your username or password with anyone.

Yes, Wandoo is certified COPPA compliant by the third party certification agency PRIVO.

The email that you use to sign up for the Wandoo website for Summer of Wonder participation is used to verify your account. In order to activate your child’s online account, you must provide a valid email address and confirm your willingness to let them participate online in compliance with COPPA laws. You will receive emails only to verify your account or your child’s account and to update you if any information has been changed on your or your child’s account. You will also receive 2 emails from library staff to remind you that the program is ending and as a wrap-up to the Summer of Wonder.

This is the verification email for either your Wandoo account or your child’s Wandoo account. Click on the link in the email in order to start the fun on the website.

Only those participating online will need a username and password. You will choose a username and password when you register for the Summer of Wonder program via the Wandoo website or in the library.

A. Click OK and then try choosing a different username. Adding a number at the end of your preferred username might help, or selecting a combination of two usernames you like.

A. There are 3 ways to find out what your username and/or password might be:

1. If you provided an email address when you signed up for the Summer Reading Program, click on the “Forgot Your Login Info?” button on the Summer Reading Program Website. Enter your email address in the box and click “Go.” An email will be sent to your email address with your username and password.
2. Contact your local branch library.
3. If you provided an email address when you signed up for the Summer Reading Program, you should have received a confirmation email with your username and password. Check your inbox for this email.

A.

1. Log into the Summer Reading Program Website with your existing password.
2. Click on the “Your Info” button.
3. Click on “Change Password” to set a new password.
4. Click the “Save” button to get back to the main menu. 

Participating

The Wandoo website is the best way to participate in the Summer of Wonder, as it provides fun activities and methods for logging reading all summer long.

But for those aged 12 and younger there is a gameboard option as in previous years. 

Visit your local branch library to sign up.  

1. Log into the Wandoo Website with your username and password.
2. On the “Home” page of the Dashboard under the heading “Log My Reading” start typing in the title or author of the book you read.
3. Choose your book from the options that appear or finish typing.
4. Enter in the amount of time you spent reading.
5. Click Submit Log

The super hero building exercise on the Wandoo Website is just for fun. You can log reading time, complete challenges and finish the program to receive your free book without actually building the super hero.

The more books that you read and log in Wandoo the more credits you will receive to earn different pieces to change your superhero. Choose “Change Hero” on the “Home” page of the Dashboard when you’re logged into the Wandoo website and you will see your options for upgrading your superhero.

On the Wandoo website challenges are activities to complete the Summer of Wonder program. Completing 16 challenges means that you have finished the program and can receive a free book from the library.

Some challenges require you to enter a special code. These codes are unique to a specific place or event and will help you complete that challenge. Each challenge includes directions to help you locate the codes.

Paper gameboards are only available for participants aged 12 and younger who are not using the Wandoo website.

Once the paper gameboard is finished, those are all of the activities that can be done on paper. Your child may upgrade to the online version of the Summer of Wonder. Please see a staff member for assistance.

A Passport to Reading is on the back of all gameboards and can be obtained at any of the library branches. If you have registered online, be sure to collect your passport at your local branch. Patrons must visit and receive a sticker at each of FCPL’s 8 branches to complete the passport activity. Once a patron has visited all 8 branches, they must turn their passport in to any FCPL library by August 31st, 2015 to enter a drawing for a backpack, a baseball signed by Frederick Keys baseball players, and a Four pack of tickets to the Maryland Science Center.

Baseball Signed by the Frederick KeysFrederick County Public Libraries BackpackFour Pack of Tickets to the Maryland Science Center

Prizes

A. We have lots of great prizes for both programs thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Check them out here!

Visit your local branch library to pick up your prizes.              

Library staff will contact the winners of the grand prizes directly via the contact information provided at registration.


August 31st is the last day to pick up the free book for completing the program.

If you receive the grand prize you will be notified of the pickup date.

      

Finishing

A. If you are unable to print your certificate, tell your branch librarian. We will log into your account and verify that you have logged the minimum minutes needed.