Celebrating 50 Years as the Elkins public library!
While Covid-19 keeps things from being full swing at the library, you might have noticed we’re using a new online program for reading! With any change always comes a few bumps as we learn something new, so here’s a handy guide to registering and navigating READSquared.
READsquared is an online reading program solution. This powerful application offers customization and configuration of ERCPL-themed Summer Reading Programs and other reading and learning programs, as well as readers’ advisory tools for all ages and all reading levels.
First thing’s first. Even if you have participated in our online reading programs in years past, you’ll have to create new accounts. Good news, the process is a lot simpler and you don’t even have to have an email account. Check out the rest of the guide below!
The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is pleased to offer READsquared at NO COST to our patrons!
READSquared encourages participation with curated book recommendations, fun activities, literacy games, raffles, and more.
One nice thing about this program is we only have one link to worry about. So start by clicking the orange button on the ElkinsReads.readsquared.com
On the READSquared site by the login section, you’ll find the link to register.
The first option you’ll have is to choose to register either as an individual or a family. To register an individual click “Myself” and follow the prompts. Once you’re finished, you’ll be taken to your Dashboard, which we’ll talk about in a moment.
If you want to set up a family account, click “Myself and Children,” and follow these steps:
On the left side of the dashboard, you’ll see a drop down list where you can toggle the different individuals linked on your account. You can enter activities, choose prizes, and see their details all from your screen.
If you originally signed up as yourself, you can still create a family account either by linking to existing accounts, or adding new ones. Just click on the “Account” drop down to see either of these options. From this screen you can also manage any previously linked accounts.
Ok, here’s the most important feature you need to know about. To enter the minutes that you’ve read, click “Enter Activity” from your Dashboard. From here click on “Minutes.”
On the next screen enter the minutes you read and the date. None of the other fields are required, but you may also include the title, author, ISBN, and a book review if you wish.
For those managing multiple accounts, you can actually enter minutes for the whole family. If you’re only entering minutes for one person, be sure to un-check the other names listed at the bottom of the window. Hit submit, and you’re finished!
Click on this tab to view your reading log, reviews written, missions (click “other”), and any prizes won. Note that on your reading log you can change details like adding books to your logged minutes, but you cannot delete or alter minutes entered. If you have made a mistake and need your log adjusted, contact us and we’ll take care of that for you.
Missions are extra challenges that can earn you badges, points to spend on raffles, or other special awards! Some require event attendance, secret codes, or uploading a photo.
On the Missions tab you’ll see a list of these challenges and their descriptions, badges, and how many activities it takes to complete them. Some might be a challenge to read a certain number of books from a specific list, or to come to events at the library. Click on any mission to see more details and activity instructions.
Activities can be completed in a variety of ways. They may just be a checkbox, or they might need a secret code, or an image to upload. Be sure to read your instructions!
Once you’ve completed all of the activities, you complete the mission! You will receive a badge, and sometimes a prize. You’ll be notified in your messages, and prizes can be picked up at the library. Call for a pickup time!