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Tails and Tales summer reading program

June 7 – July 21, 2021

The Summer Reading Program is for all ages and 100% free to participate! For every 10 hours you read, read to someone else, or listen to someone read, you’ll receive a chance in the raffle for some fantastic prizes.

Sign Up

Signing up is easy! Download a reading log and keep track of your reading hours at home. There are also reading logs available in Youth Services that you may take home.

2021 Summer Reading Program reading log

Record Your Reading Hours

Click here to record your hours and enter the raffle. After every 10 hours of reading, you’ll receive another entry for the raffle, so make sure you select which prize you would like to try to win. You may also record your hours by emailing SRP@mclib.org or calling Youth Services at 219-873-3045.

Prizes

Earn a chance to win a fantastic prize–just for reading! For every ten (10) hours that you read, are read to, or read to someone else, you’ll receive a chance in the raffle for these amazing prizes. Click here to download the list of prizes.

2021 Summer Reading Program raffle prizes

Weekly Craft Programs & Book Suggestions

Check back every week for crafts, activities, and suggested books to read for ages birth through 18 years! Supplies for the crafts will be available at the Youth Services desk while supplies last.

Week 1: June 7-12

DISCOVER DINOSAURS

Beginning June 7, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts include Make a Moveable Dinosaur, Build a Dinosaur, Hatch a Dinosaur, Design a Dinosaur Bracelet, Create a Strawbees Dinosaur, and “Blow up” a Dinosaur.Summer Reading Program Week 1 Discover Dinosaur crafts

Download crafts flyer

Summer Reading Program Week 1 Discover Dinosaurs reading suggestionsDownload Discover Dinosaurs book suggestions flyer

Week 2: June 14-19

GO ON A SAFARI!

Beginning June 14, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts include Safari Animal Picture Frame, Rainstick, Safari “Ramp Walker”, Binoculars, and Word Search and Hidden Pictures. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait. Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!Summer Reading Program Week 2 Safari crafts

Download crafts flyerSummer Reading Program week 2 Safari reading suggestions

Download Safari book suggestions flyer

Week 3: June 21-26

SECRET LIFE OF PETS!

Beginning June 21, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts include a fun cat toy, a dog’s chew toy, a cool “springy dog”, kitten faces, your own virtual pet, and pet puzzle activities. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait. Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

Download crafts flyerSummer Reading Program Week 3 Pets book suggestions
Download Secret Life of Pets book suggestions flyer

Week 4: June 28 – July 3

FANTASTIC TALES OF MYTHICAL ANIMALS

Beginning June 28, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts and activities include a light-up bug bot, a fire-breathing dragon, “grow” your own troll, create your own tales, and journey through a maze. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait. Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!Summer Reading Program Week 4 Fantastic Tales crafts

Download crafts flyerSummer Reading Program Week 4 Fantastic Tales book suggestions
Download Fantastic Tales book suggestions flyer

Week 5: July 6-10

SOAR WITH FLYING CREATURES

Beginning July 6, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts and activities include an animated flying creature, googly eye dragonfly, flying flutter-by, flying creature house, and a flying creature jigsaw puzzle. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait. Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!
Summer Reading Program Week 5 Flying Creatures crafts

Download crafts flyerSummer Reading Program Week 5 Flying Creatures book suggestions
Download Flying Creatures book suggestions flyer

Week 6: July 12-17

DIVE IN WITH SEA CREATURES

Beginning July 12, stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit, for various age groups, to make one of these amazing projects! Crafts and activities include a light-up crab, an exciting ocean collage, a sparkling mermaid star, shark puppets, and a sea creature match game. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait. Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

Summer Reading Program Week 6 Sea Creatures craftsDownload crafts flyer

Summer Reading Program Week 6 Sea Creatures book suggestionsDownload Sea Creatures book suggestions flyer

Virtual Zoo Tours & Animal Web Cams

Click here for links to virtual zoo and aquarium tours from around the world. You will see pandas, lions, penguins, whales, jellyfish, and so much more!

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