What is my username?
Username's are unique to each participant. The teachers in Somerset Public Schools have been using firstname.lastname format, so for example Bugsy Malone's username would be bugsy.malone. Usernames are case sensitive. If your child does not have an account, remember to make an easy to remember name since this account will be theirs as long as this database continues.
What is my password?
Again this is unique to each participant. The Somerset Public Schools and the library have recommended using the last five digits of a participant's phone number. For example, if your phone number is 508-555-1234 than your password would be 51234.
How do i find out my password or username, if i don't know it?
Unfortunately if there is no email associated with your account, you will be unable to reset your own password. You will need to contact the library either by calling 508-646-2829 or via email at email@example.com. Please put Summer Reading Program in the subject line so we can respond to your request as soon as possible. Since response may take some time, please have your children track their time reading manually and keep an account of their SECRET CODES until we can help you. Paper time logs are available at the library.
should i add an email to my child's account?
YES. Add an email under the account settings button in the top right hand corner, then you can reset your username and password on your own and do not have to wait for the library.
what is the difference between difficulty levels?
Wandoo Reader has three difficulty levels for participants to choose from -- easy, medium and hard. Choosing a different level only makes the online game move progressively slower. So for example if you enter 20 minutes into an account with an easy level, you will move through the online game quicker than a person who has a hard level. You can change your child's difficulty level by going to settings and choosing a different level. The level does not impact your child's eligibility for prizes at the library.
do i need to track my minutes every day?
No. If you do not have Internet easily accessible, you may track your minutes and SECRET CODES manually , then come to the library to enter them into your account. You are still eligible for prizes and final prizes as long as they are inputted by August 9.
why are we using wandoo reader and not the old paper tracking system?
Wandoo Reader is an incentive to young readers in itself. Children enjoy receiving online rewards for their avatar and "spending" their energy credits. It also allows Somerset Public Library and the Somerset Public School system to work together to help our young readers to maintain their educational growth. By having your child read over the summer, you will support his education for next year.
can i print a log to show what i have read this summer?
Yes. Under the BOOKS tab on your account is an option to "print logs".
what are the secret codes and where do i enter them?
Secret codes are given for each event you attend at the library. During an event there will be posters with the title of the event, followed by the SECRET CODE. All secret codes are in capitals. Those who attend more events and enter more codes have a greater chance of winning the final raffle. Once you've entered your secret code under the challenge tab in your account it will give you the option to print a certificate. These certificates are for you to keep and you DO NOT have to bring them to the library. Please note we will be taking a head count during events and if there is a larger number of codes entered, that event will no longer will be qualified for a raffle ticket so please be honest.
what do i receive by tracking my minutes?
In addition to enjoying the online game for reading this summer, your children will receive prizes and free books at the library for every 100 minutes that they read. The more they read, the greater the chance of winning our final prize.
how do i pick up my prizes at the library?
To help the library staff, you may want to print your certificate after each 100 minutes you complete and then bring this to the library to pick up your prize. If you can't print your certificate or forget to bring it, we will be keeping a list of the number of minutes you read and what prizes you are eligible for here at the library. Since we have over 800 people registered in our program this year, our records may not always be up-to-date, so you may have to wait until the list is updated the next time you come in. We'll make prizes all summer -- even after the program is finished, so there will be plenty of time to pick them up.
what do we receive if we finish the summer reading program?
If your children complete the 450 minutes necessary to finish the summer reading program, they wiil receive the following
- a FREE ticket to a Pawsox game where they will an announce their reading accomplishment
- a chance to have their name entered in the Boston Bruins Summer Reading Raffle which includes such prizes as autographed pucks, jerseys, hockey sticks, game tickets and a chance to ride on the Zamboni!
- chances to enter our final raffle which includes prizes such as ice cream at Somerset Creamery, sports-related toys, books on CD, a Minecraft beanie and our grand prize, an autographed hockey stick from the Boston Bruins!
what age children can participate in the summer reading program?
Any child between the age of 0 to fourteen -- reading time includes reading to or with others.
do i have to sign up online to attend the events?
No. The events at the library are free and open to the public. You are not required to be part of our summer reading program to attend these as long as your children meet the age requirements.
are there any dates or times i should be aware of?
There are only two dates you should be aware of -- all participants must be registered by July 31st and all minutes and SECRET CODES must be entered by August 9th. This is to give the staff at Somerset Public Library time to calculate winners of our numerous raffles. Since Wandoo Reader requires us to enter an ending date, we are unable to make any exceptions to this rule. Please remember participants in our program are responsible for their accounts, tracking their times and entering their SECRET CODES. As always if you are experiencing difficulty, please contact us at the library either by calling 508-646-2829 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Summer Reading Program in the subject line so we can respond to your request as soon as possible.