What is a Reading Circle?
A Reading or Reader’s Circle is like an open book club. Rather than everyone reading the same book, members of a Reading Circle share information about the books they are reading.
Do I have to check the book out from the St. Mary’s College Library to participate in Summer Reading?
No, the books don’t need to come from the St. Mary’s College, but they do need to be available from the St. Mary’s College (SMCM), COSMOS or USMAI catalogs.
How do I submit a review?
Use the email form here.
What is USMAI? How do I know if I have access to it?
USMAI stands for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions. It includes books from the 14 University System of Maryland campuses plus Morgan State University, Loyola-Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College.
Students, faculty and staff at St. Mary’s College have borrowing privileges with USMAI. Anyone can check the USMAI catalog to see if their book will earn points.
What is COSMOS? How do I know if I have access to it?
COSMOS stands for Collection of Southern Maryland’s Online Services. It includes books from the three Southern Maryland public libraries; St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert County libraries.
Do I have to register for an account or login to participate?
No registration or login is necessary to post to the blog.
Can I comment on other people’s reviews?
Is the blog moderated?
Yes, both the review posts and comments section of the Summer Reading blog are moderated.
Can anyone post a review?
Yes, anyone can submit a review and we don’t filter by location. But if the book is not available from St. Mary’s College Library (SMCM), Southern Maryland Libraries (COSMOS) or USMAI catalog it won’t qualify for prize points.
When can I pick up my prize(s)?
Starting August 27. Prizes from the monthly drawings may be picked up at any time.
Will you mail me my prize if I don’t live in St. Mary’s County?
The St. Mary’s College Library, Archive & Media Center will only mail prizes to alumni who no longer live in the tri-county area. All other participants must pick up prizes at the St. Mary’s College Library, Archives & Media Center.
Prize distribution for campus and local community members will be updated based on health and safety conditions.