Ask An Agent: How Do You Keep Track of Reading Logs?

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Question: How do you keep track of how much the kids have read? They forget their log-in sheets all the time.

Jan (Moline Public Library) says:

I let the kids keep track by either minutes or pages, so they can choose whatever is easier and more comfortable for them. I give them the option to record what they’ve read, but don’t make it mandatory. As for teens losing reading logs, I simply expect this to happen. A few might be trying to “cheat,” but they are few and far between, and giving them the benefit of the doubt is best for everyone involved.

Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

We ask kids to fill in logs. If they forget or lose their logs, they are free to start a new one. I don’t ask for any kind of “proof” that they’ve actually read X number of minutes, etc., so there may be some cheating going on when logs are lost, but it’s not worth tracking down. We keep track of how many logs a person has finished on their registration card, and we initial the logs when they earn a prize so they can’t turn in the same log for a second final prize.

Natalie (Farmingdale Public Library) says:

We use Evanced to log books for Summer Reading. The teens are given the options to log the number of books they read or the number of minutes. They can log in themselves or we can log for them. If they don’t know what title book they read, we don’t enter the name, just the number.



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