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2020 Summer Reading Program

Imagine Your Story Gold Ribbon Isolated

Theme: Imagine Your Story

Special thanks to this year’s donors:

Blue Bell Creameries
Mangia Bene, Inc.
Mississippi Children’s Museum
Pizza Hut
Trustmark Bank
Walmart – Jackson, MS
Walmart – Madison, MS

The new online program will run from July 1-31, 2020. Registration now open!

We are using the READsquared platform for online registration and participation. Patrons can participate under one of the following categories:

preschool badge

Preschool: Age 0 – 5 Years Old

children's badge

Child: 6 Years Old – 11 Years Old

teen badge

Teen: 12 Years Old – 17 Years Old

adult badge

Adult: 18 Years Old and Up

Register at or the READsquared app in the App Store or Google Play.

READsquared home page screenshot

How to Earn Digital Badges and a Certificate

  • Logging books read (can be printed, digital and audio. Picture books also accepted. You can also include a book review.
  • Participate in missions, special activities for additional points.
  • Points are also earned by playing the bingo game. Each cell is worth 5-15 points.
  • Complete Levels 1 through 4 by earning 200 points to get to the next level. Earn 1,000 points to receive a printable certificate.


Library branches will have grab-and-go bags with coloring sheets and activities, while supplies last. New options each week!

You can request a bag through curbside pickup. If you are picking up a children’s book that you placed on hold, curbside pickup will include a bag while supplies last.

For groups such as daycares, you may request one bag per class to duplicate.


Since we are using curbside pickup for library book holds, we will use the same system for pickup of Summer Reading goodie bags and prizes at two of our branches.
Prize Pickup Days are Saturday, July 25 and Saturday, August 1 at these locations:
  • Jackson branches: Eudora Welty Library (300 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39201) – 601-968-5811
  • Hinds County branches: Quisenberry Library (605 East Northside Drive, Clinton, MS 39056) – 601-924-5684
Here’s how to pick up your goodie bags and prizes:
  1. Come to one of the designated locations and park in a curbside pickup location, or as close to one as possible if they are full.
  2. Call the number on the sign (same as the numbers above) and let them know you are picking up your goodie bag(s).
  3. A staff member will look participants up in READsquared and get your goodie bag(s) ready. If you earned level badges or a certificate badge, you will get prizes for those added to your goodie bag(s). Mission badges are for points only.
  4. A staff member will place the bag(s) on your vehicle for retrieval.
Also note:
  • If you pick up prizes on July 25 and earn additional badges from July 26-31, you may come back to get prizes for those badges on August 1. You will not receive an additional goodie bag.
  • If you are unable to redeem those prizes on the prize pickup days, please contact the nearest open library branch to you to make arrangements for pickup. We will make sure that you get your prizes!
  • Top Reader and random drawing prizes will be determined the first week of August and distributed after August 8. Stay tuned for updates.
Thanks for your participation in the program!


2020 Top Readers:
  • Preschool – George Rutherford – 2,830 points – $25 Walmart Gift Card
  • Child: William Lofton II – 7,760 points – Four Mississippi Children’s Museum Passes
  • Teen: Akinzee Bell – 1,320 points – Kindle Fire 7 Tablet
  • Adult: Kimberly Tardy – 7,760 points – Kindle Fire 7 Tablet
2020 Random Drawing Winners (participants have earned at least 500 points):
  • Preschool – Austin Bonner – $20 Walmart Gift Card
  • Book Bags: Addison Long, Katherine Ritchie, James Ritchie, Rachael Quarshie, De’Niyah Middletion
  • Teen – Westley Washington – T-shirt
  • Adult – Decimbra Middleton – Two $10 Mangia Bene Gift Cards
Please contact your library branch to initiate arrangements for pickup so the prizes can be sent to your library. You should have also received an email through READsquared. Congratulations!

Games and Virtual Programs


Receive two games to play after registering. Earn 100 points to unlock two additional games to play. With every 100 you earn, you get two more games. Unlock up to 22 games with your participation. 

Virtual Programs

All programs will be online this year.

To view a schedule and watch the on-demand programs within the listed date ranges, go to or go to the Events section of

The lineup includes:

  • Animal Tales – July 1-7
  • Gigglin Gertie – July 1-31
  • Look and Learn with Hoot – July 1-31
  • Aaron Acosta Magic – July 1-August 31
  • Storyteller Rebecca Jernigan – July 1-September 21
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum at Home – July 1-September 21
  • Abraham Lincoln  feat. Kevin Wood – July 6-11
  • Alex Thomas and Friends Puppet Show – July 6-July 12
  • Freedom Ranch Wildlife Program – July 6-September 21
  • Digital Photography Workshop for Teens – July 7-August 25 at
  • Bayou Town Puppet Theater – July 15-22
  • Kindersongs – July 23-August 23
  • Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic – July 27-August 3
  • Andi Lehman Animals – July 27-August 8
  • Stormin’ Bob Music and Meteorology – August 1-7

Desktop users: Scroll to the bottom for a month view of the calendar.

Headshot of older Caucasian woman smiling and wearing a straw hat, metal earrings and multicolored clothes

Rebecca Jernigan

Tommy Terrific with moth open while being attached by bird puppet.

Tommy Terrific

illustration of magician riding a dragon

Aaron Acosta Magic

Brian and Terri Kinder

Brian and Terri Kinder

castle, dragon and red book with the words story time on the front

We also have Virtual Story Time featuring JHLS staff members reading stories! See them at

Want more Summer Reading activity ideas? Check out our Pinterest board at

Thanks for participating. Have fun!

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