Tails and Tales
Register for summer reading online here and plan to pick up a Kickoff Party in a bag at curbside pickup. If you’re registered and want to schedule a pickup of your kickoff bag, fill out this form.
This year’s summer reading program will run from June 1 – August 17. The majority of this year’s summer reading program will be virtual. We do plan to award reading prizes and provide some activities, crafts, and paper reading logs through our NextDayGrab&Go service. Every other week, we will reward completion of reading goals and challenges with prizes, with pickups occurring every other Mon.-Wed. Even if your child does not earn an award, they may pick up a craft & activity packet through our pickup service. The youth summer reading program is for kids ages Birth – 12th grade.
We have 3 performers this year – Musician Thad Beach will sing for us in a pre-recorded video, which we’ll share with you from July 27 – August 2. Magician Jeff Quinn returns this year, also with a pre-recorded video (videos are customized for our library), which we’ll share with patrons from June 9 – 15. Our third performer is Flint Hills Discovery Center, and they will perform the Reptile Experience live online on June 16, with a preschool performance at 10 am and an elementary performance at 11 am. We will share the links with registered summer reading participants once we have them.
NEW EVENTS: We now offer a variety of new events for the whole family! All of these events are virtual. They are listed below according to the platform we will use to host them.
Harry Potter Book Night: June 24 at 4 p.m. We will distribute supplies to go with this program for Potterheads through our NextDayGrab&Go service. Play games, do activities, and share your love of all things HP with your fellow locals on this special night!
Google Meet (Miss Val will share join links with registered summer reading participants or you may email her to request one):
LEGO Club: Meets monthly throughout the summer on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. Each meeting, have your own LEGO bricks ready – Miss Val will give you a challenge to build and you’ll chat with your fellow builders while exchanging ideas and tips and then show off your creations! The library will share photos & videos of creations submitted to the library in our Facebook LEGO Club Showcase album.
Family Book Club: Meets monthly on the last Monday of the month at 3 p.m. Miss Val will challenge family members at the beginning of each month to read a book on a certain topic, and the book club will meet to discuss what we’ve read. To vote on the subject for the month of June, click here.
Creative Writing Workshop: Meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Join Miss Val to learn writing tips and tricks, and to share ideas, excerpts, and more with other creative minds.
Singalong with Miss Val: Meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Miss Val will lead the group in children’s songs that go with our summer reading themes, and take requests near the end of each program.
Collaborative Online Jigsaw Puzzles: Meets monthly throughout the summer on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 p.m. We’ll use this website to put the puzzles together and our Discord server’s voice channel to chat about the puzzle (i.e. “I’m gonna put together the blue pieces) and anything else we want to discuss.
Any-Age Coloring Program: Meets monthly throughout the summer every other week on Monday at 3 p.m. We may switch between using Discord voice chat and using Google Meet to color together, depending on what participants prefer.
Discord Teen Program: Southeast Kansas libraries are banding together to provide a new Discord gaming program for kids ages 13-18. To register to join, click here. The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through the Discord server.
Storytelling videos are offered live on Zoom or pre-recorded on Facebook and YouTube. Live Preschool Zoom stories will air at 10 am on Tuesdays. Elementary stories will start at 11 am on Tuesdays.
Story and craft demonstration videos will air on YouTube and Facebook on Tuesdays at 2 pm. Guest readers and craft demonstrators will appear in the videos. Miss Val will host live Zoom story programs, in which she’ll show the story videos one story at a time and lead group discussion after each story. This is a great option for kids who want to see their friends and Miss Val and to share an interactive experience. Every Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm, Miss Val will host a live, online teen event for 6th – 12th graders; teens will receive activity packets and participation rewards through NextDayGrab&Go too.
The calendar below and our Facebook events page will have listings for all live summer reading events. We will offer in-person activity & prize packet pickups every other week.
Please contact us at (620) 223-2882 or email Miss Val at email@example.com with any further questions. To check out our latest event news, see our Facebook Events Page.