Shelf Talk: Summer Reading Part 2


Get ready for Tails and Tales this summer!




The school year is winding down. Students across the county are finishing classes and exams and enjoying field days and proms. They are looking forward to a summer break filled with many of the activities they enjoyed before the pandemic: vacations, sports, pool parties, camps. Families are working to plan a great summer experience to help shake off the isolation of the past year. Businesses are eager to throw open their doors and welcome customers.


The Mississippi County Library System (MCLS) is also ready for a great summer. We know that many of our families will keep a busy schedule that will include plenty of time out of town. We also know that many of our families are still hesitant to attend public events. We have therefore planned a fun, virtual, mostly asynchronous Summer Reading Program designed to engage and entertain readers of all ages whether at home, in the library, or on vacation!


This year's program, Tails and Tales, runs June 1st to August 13th, but you can start logging reading today! Register the family at bit.ly/MCLSummerReading2021 or via the READsquared app (make sure to choose Mississippi/Crittenden Regional Library). Parents can monitor their children’s progress, help submit book reviews, and receive prize notifications.

There’s even a special reading program just for adults: join us in an adventure through Kim Michelle Richardson’s “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” We’ll have recipes inspired by the book, an interview with the author, book reflection activities, a virtual fieldtrip to Troublesome Creek, and more. Check out a copy from your local library and get started now! One lucky finisher will receive a $40 gift certificate to a local restaurant!


Of course, Tails and Tales has lots of fun in store for kids! The goal this summer: earn points and win prizes! There are six prize levels, each with all sorts of cool rewards to choose from! Earn points for reading, writing book reviews, and completing missions. All missions, instructions, and links will be available with your READsquared login. We’ll have a new mission activity every weekday:


Making Mondays: Weekly projects to build, create, decorate, and enjoy. Perfect for our elementary readers (but available to everyone!).


STEM & Talewise Tuesdays: Weekly science projects to challenge your mind. Perfect for our middle grade readers (but available to everyone!). There is a new LIVE Zoom for you to join every Tuesday at 7 pm, starting June 1st, with recordings available afterward in READsquared for those who can’t join us live. We’re proud to bring you FOUR different Talewise shows this summer, including Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress, Aliens: Escape from Earth, Revenge of the Toxic Robot, and Unicorns: Break the Cage. Talewise combines story, mystery, and science to solve the problem. Plus, join Ms. Easley for “Mammals of Arkansas” and Ms. Faulkenberry for a session of “Begin with the End in Mind.”


Storytime Wednesdays and Games Thursdays: Weekly story times, literacy activities, and fun. Perfect for our youngest readers (but available to everyone!). We’ll feature a new book, craft, and learning game each week!


Book Club Wednesdays and Gaming Thursdays: Readers 13+ are invited to join the MCLS Discord server, where we’ll challenge your competitive spirit and your mind!


Escape Room Fridays: a new virtual escape room every week!


Stop by your local MCLS library every Monday (or whenever is easiest for you) for take-and-make supply kits for the week. Each kit contains supplies and instructions for three activities each week. Don’t worry if you can’t make it one week: the supplies are all commonly-available household items, so you can still join the fun!


Your MCLS family is so excited you’re joining us on this Tails and Tales adventure! Register at bit.ly/MCLSummerReading2021 now and get started earning points! And don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or suggestions: broberts@mclibrary.net

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