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Our branches will be closed on Thursday, November 26, for Thanksgiving. Click here to learn more.

As we monitor health conditions in the Capital Region and adhere to official guidance, CAP COM may experience staff shortages. We appreciate your patience if you encounter longer wait times, or if your branch has shifted to drive-thru or appointment-only services. Please check back for the most up-to-date information.

Youth Reading Programs

Nothing opens a child's mind faster than a good book. We let our young members know how much we value literacy by offering three opportunities to earn money for reading books.

Get Money to read ALL year long!
Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 can earn up to $10 during each of our Fall, Winter and Summer Reading Programs.

Download the Reading Program form and you could earn up to $30 per year!*

Book Entry Guidelines
Ages 4 to 8 submit a drawing of a scene or the cover for each book
Ages 9 to 12 submit a 50-word written summary
Ages 13 to 18 submit a 100-word written summary

How do I submit?
Submit the entry form with the book drawings or summaries by scanning or taking a photo. The preferred method is email.

Send to:

Mail to: 

Attn: Reading Program
4 Winners Circle
Albany, NY 12205

Fax to: (518) 435-7224

Entry Deadlines:
Summer Reading: July 1 - August 31
Fall Reading: October 1 - November 30
Winter Reading: February 1 - April 30

For more information, call Educational Initiatives at (518) 458-2195, ext. 4656.

* Must be a CAP COM member with an active Youth Account to participate in this program. An active account is one where a deposit or transfer (other than a Great Grades or Reading Program deposit) has been made in the previous 12 months.