December 13 – January 31

Families with children are invited to participate in Family Reads!

About the Program: 

Families with children sign up as a team and record the reading minutes of everyone on the team. Teams have no size limit, so get everyone in the family involved! 

For every 60 minutes a team reads, they earn a raffle ticket to be placed in the drawing for the basket of your choice. Teams can record up to 3,000 minutes during the duration of the program.  


We are using a new library software program this year called Reader Zone. Reader Zone requires a device or use of a computer that is connected to the internet. If you do not have access to the internet, contact the library and we will get you signed up and record your minutes.

To sign up for Family Reads: 

1. Download the Reader Zone app on a smartphone or tablet or go to

2.Click “Sign Up.” 

3. Fill out the required information and click submit. 

4. Select “I am a Parent.” Add a reader and register using your family name, i.e. Smith Family. 

          For Family Reads, you will be registering one account or reader for the entire family.

5. Enter the five digit program code: 3a3d3.

6. Your family is now registered. 

Recording Minutes & Earning Tickets: 

To record minutes that family members have read, log in to the Family Reads app and record your team’s minutes for the day. You are able to record minutes for the current day and the past 10 days. 

Once you have logged 60 minutes, stop into the library to redeem your raffle ticket. Families will place every raffle ticket earned in the basket of their choice. The last day to record minutes and redeem raffle tickets is January 31. 




Book Basket:

Travel Mugs (4)
Book Bag
Reading Lights (4)
Theatre Candy (4)
Hot Cocoa
Alphabet Cookies
I Survived Graphic Novels
American Girl
Big Blue Reader
Disney Storybook Collection
Disney Bedtime Book
Playaway-Letters Alive

Art Basket:

Travel Mugs (4)
Book Bag
White Canvas (4)
Notebooks (4)
Coloring Books (3)
Paint by Number
Oil Pastels
Sketchbooks (2)
Colored Pencils (2)
Theatre Candy (4)
Hot Cocoa
Mini Chippers

Game Basket:

Travel Mugs (4)
Book Bag
Theatre Candy (4)
Hot Cocoa
Guess in 10
Something Wild Card
Charades for Kids
Lego Creator
Disney Lego
300 Piece Puzzle

Outdoor Basket:

Travel Mugs (4)
Book Bag
Trail Mix
Theatre Candy (4)
Flashlight (4)
Hot Cocoa
Notebooks (2)
Twistable Pencils
Binoculars (2)
Mammals of MN (book)
Kids Guide to MN Birds (book)

Movie Basket:

Travel Mugs (4)
Book Bag
Popcorn Tub (4)
Theatre Candy (4)
Flashlight (4)
Hot Cocoa
Blanket (2)
Netflix gift card

Sponsored by the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library