Summer Reading Challenge

Sign up today for our 2021 Summer Reading Challenge! The Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge is our way of encouraging our community to read over the summer. Whether you’re looking to escape to a faraway land, learn something new about the world around you, or imagine what life might be like as a dog, earn rewards and win prizes just by reading!

How does it work?

You can either register in person at the library, or here on our website, starting May 29.

If registering in person, either come into the library and register at one of our service desks, or park in one of our designated curbside spots and follow the directions on the sign. Once you register, you will get a packet for each person in your family participating in the program that includes a game sheet, a calendar of events, a suggested reading list, and information about our prizes. Complete 20 of the activities on your game sheet and return it to the library to get a reward and a chance to win one of our grand prizes. You can earn more raffle tickets for a grand prize by completing more game sheets. Last day to turn in your game sheet will be Saturday, August 7!

If you register here online, then please fill out the form below. You can sign up your entire family by using this one form. We can either mail your packet to you, email a digital version for you to print at home, or have it ready for you to pick up at the desk or with our curbside service.

Please note that rewards and prizes must be picked up at the library or through the library’s curbside service. We will not mail rewards and prizes out. Also, library services and hours may change over the course of the summer as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check our COVID-19 Updates page or our Facebook page for the latest information about the library.

Why read over the summer?

Summer is a great time for folks of all ages to reconnect with reading! For children and teens in school, oftentimes summer is the only time of the year that they can choose books that excite them and make them want to read, instead of books that they may be required to read for class. Encouraging children and teens to read for pleasure helps them to become not only better and stronger readers, but lifelong readers as well.

In addition to encouraging a love of reading, reading over the summer can help prevent what’s known as “the summer slide.” The summer slide is a term used by educators and education researchers to discuss the learning loss that takes place over the summer when kids are out of school. The good news is that simple acts, like reading for fun or getting out to play, can help your child remember what they learned over the previous school year and keep their brains active during the summer so that they are ready to tackle new subjects in the fall. Our summer reading challenge can help motivate your child to read this summer, so sign up today!