Join us for Bernardsville Public Library’s 2021 Tails and Tales Summer Reading program! Grab your Bernardsville Library card* and register for the program on READsquared. From Monday, July 12 through Saturday, August 28, log reading minutes and complete virtual challenges to unlock badges and earn points. Exchange points for raffle tickets for our end-of-summer raffle drawings by Saturday, August 28. Enjoy summer reading fun for babies through adults!

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The Tails and Tales Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.

Download the READsquared app to take this year’s summer reading on the go!

Earn points for reading! Challenge yourself to read 1,000 minutes this summer! Log the number of minutes you read on your READsquared account to earn points and unlock badges. You’ll earn 1 point for every minute you read. Your first badge (Level 1) will unlock once you’ve logged 20 minutes of reading and you’ll earn your first 20 points. After that, log at least 20 minutes of reading a day and you’ll unlock a badge and earn enough points for a raffle ticket every week. You can log more than 20 minutes a day and more reading = more points = more raffle tickets!

Reading badges for Levels 2-8 can all be unlocked with 140 minutes of reading (based on 20 minutes of reading a day). Your Level 1 badge + reading badges Levels 2-8 = 1,000 minutes of reading! Once you log 1,000 minutes of reading, you’ll earn a downloadable certificate.


Reading more than 1,000 minutes? Level up for an additional challenge and unlock more badges and earn additional points! Level 2-8 badges unlock with 140 minutes of reading, but the next level of badges require more reading time. Read an additional 280 minutes to unlock Level 9-15 badges, 420 minutes for Levels 16-22, 560 for Levels 23-29, and 700 for Level 30-36 badges. All raffle tickets are worth 140 points regardless of badge values.


What counts toward reading time? All reading! Log the minutes you spend reading print books (chapter books, picture books, graphic novels, etc.), magazines, e-books and e-zines, newspapers, online articles, or listening to audio and e-audio books. Look for e-materials on our Tumblebooks, CloudLibrary, and Hoopla databases. Reading out loud to a younger sibling or having someone read to you also counts toward reading time.

Other ways to earn points: In addition to earning points for reading, you can earn points for completing READsquared games and completing weekly missions.

Complete 7 games under the Games tab of your READsquared dashboard and earn an additional 140points per game. Games can be played multiple times, but points will only be awarded once per game.

Complete a weekly mission under the Missions tab of your READsquared dashboard for an additional 140points per week. A new mission unlocks every Monday and can only be completed once. Follow the instructions in the mission to complete an activity or answer a question about the Bernardsville Library’s resources.

Raffle tickets and prizes: Trade in your reading minutes for raffle tickets under the Raffle tab of your READsquared dashboard. All raffle tickets are worth 140 points and must be manually entered into a raffle by Saturday, August 28. Raffle winners will be notified via email. All summer reading participants will receive a summer reading prize. All prizes and raffle prizes can be picked up at the library beginning on Monday, August 30 at 3pm.

*The 2021 Tails and Tales Summer Reading program is open to Bernardsville Library cardholders. Only one card per household is required; each individual participant does not need their own card. Any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays taxes in the Borough of Bernardsville is eligible for a library card. To sign up for a library card stop by the library and bring identification showing proof of your home, work or school address.