May 28 – The Morgantown Public Library System on Wednesday unveiled the theme for its 2021 summer reading program.
The Tails and Tales 2021 Summer Reading Program is recommended for children in Kindergarten to Grade 5. Participants are encouraged to save their books on the Beanstack website or app, which serves as an interactive storage location for reading challenges and events.
Through the program, participants can win bragging prizes for any type of reading progress, including visiting a reading track and sharing a photo on social media; reading and journaling books; read a book about a specific animal; tell library staff a cool animal fact – or just walk into the library.
Virtual and physical events will take place as part of the Tails and Tales program. For all in-person events, social distancing is recommended.
– 10 a.m. June 9, 16, 23 and 30 and July 7 and 14: Participants can enjoy a Tails and Tales story hour on the event lawn at the West Virginia Botanical Gardens. Registration is compulsory.
– June 7-13: Participants can visit any MPLS branch to pick up a Cat Crafting Kit that includes materials, instructions, and recommended reading related to this week’s cat theme.
– June 7-14: Participants can participate in the Virtual Animal Friend Read Aloud Challenge in which they will submit a photo of themselves reading to their favorite animal friend to win a Reading Program Bragging Tag. summer.
– June 26: Participants can venture to the Central Arboretum and join climber Audubon for a guided bird walk on the railway, where they will learn to identify birds. Those interested must reserve their place.
– June 14-20: Participants can visit any MPLS branch to pick up two dog crafts – a paper plate craft and a dachshund construction paper craft. All kits contain craft materials, instructions, and recommended reading related to dogs.
– June 21-27: Participants can visit any MPLS branch to pick up an owl craft kit with which to create a wide-eyed owl out of tissue paper. The kits contain craft materials, instructions, and owls recommended reading.
– June 28-July 4: Participants can stop by any MPLS branch to pick up a Cardinal Crafting Kit. Hand-shaped paper cardinals have red feathers to give the homemade birds a 3D effect. All kits contain crafting materials, instructions, and recommended readings regarding Cardinals.
– July 1-31: Participants can read while tasting fresh blueberries by taking part in the Blueberry Book Trail at Sterns Berry Farm. “Blueberry Shoe” by Ann Dixon will be displayed page by page in pop-up chalkboard stations around the farm.
– July 5-17: Participants can see Aaron Blabey’s “Pig the Slob”, identically presented along the Krepps Park Dog Park trail.
– July 5-11: Participants can stop by any MPLS branch to receive a Penguin Crafting Kit, which includes everything needed to make a penguin with wooden sticks, including paint and pom poms for the penguin feet, as well as recommended penguin readings.
– July 8-12: Participants’ beloved stuffed animals can stay overnight at the Morgantown Public Library in downtown or the Cheat Area Public Library. Entrants must register their stuffed animal online prior to deposit and will receive Facebook updates on their pet’s adventures throughout the weekend. Participants will also have the opportunity to join a virtual reading aloud.
– July 12-18: Participants can visit any MPLS branch to receive a DIY kit based on “Elephant and Piggie” by Mo Willems. Everything is included for making Piggie and Elephant puppets from paper bags, as well as the recommended books.
– July 18-31: Participants can see David Shannon’s “Duck on a Bike” posted page by page on notice boards along the White Park Trail.
MPLS Library Director Sarah Palfrey said Tails and Tales was the 2021 theme of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a national reading program designed by librarians for libraries.
The CSLP works to generate interest in reading and library use, including developing and implementing nationwide summer reading programs, public service announcements, and participating other activities that promote reading and library use.
By participating in not only a statewide program, but a national program as well, the MPLS and other libraries make summer reading programs more recognizable.
Palfrey said MPLS is committing to this program to achieve a goal she has continually set for herself.
“The goal has always been to encourage our customers to read whatever they want, whether it be books, magazines, comics or audiobooks. We hope that by exploring a variety of reading materials, they’ll find their next favorite book and then share it with someone else, ”she says.