Tails & Tales Summer Reading Challenge Is Almost Here!

Join us for the all-ages 2021 St. Tammany Parish Summer Reading Challenge

The St. Tammany Parish Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge begins Friday, May 28th, with a simple goal: to encourage everyone to spend 20 minutes reading every day this summer.  Our “Tails & Tales” theme is designed to give patrons of ALL ages the pick of the litter when it comes to “pawesome” summer reads and “fintastic” events.

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE: Starting Friday, May 28th and continuing through Saturday, August 7th, readers of all ages can visit the library Summer Reading page and click on the “Tails & Tales'' icon to create an account in our challenge tracking program Beanstack. Beanstack tracks your minutes and awards you points for reading (1 minute = 1 point). Earn 720 points to complete the summer reading challenge and win prizes!  Beanstack even has an app that you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. There’s no limit to how much you read or what you read – books, magazines, graphic novels, and even audiobooks count. This year we will have a community challenge and are asking all St. Tammany Parish residents to show their love of reading by working towards the goal of 250,000 minutes.

SUMMER PROGRAMMING: The Summer Reading Challenge is more than just reading! The library is excited to present free, fun events for all age groups throughout the summer.

A Virtual Kick-off Party will start things off on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. with the Kabuki Dancers. Join us for an hour of fun and dancing for all ages – right in your own home!

Children’s Events will include both virtual and in-person programming. Each week we will present in-person outdoor storytimes and StoryWalks® across the parish!  Our weekly virtual programs will include storytimes, crafts, escape rooms, field trips, and read alouds.  We will also have special guests like Johnette Downing, Reptile Discovery, Didgeridoo Down Under, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and so much more! There will also be online games, quizzes, and challenges on our Beanstack app. Craft supplies will be available for pick-up at the library.

Teen Virtual Events will include weekly workshops including Creative Writing with local author Joy E. Rancatore, art with artist-in-residence Jennifer Waller, cooking with Sherri Hansen from Culinary Kids, and more!

Adult Virtual Events (for ages 19 and up) will include craft classes, virtual field trips, educational lectures, and fitness classes just to name a few!

Family Virtual Events will happen every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and include crafts, games, pets, urban legends, a safari, and a few surprises along the way!

While all library programs are free and open to the public, online registration is required for each virtual event by visiting the library’s calendar of events.  All outdoor activities are weather permitting.

Public libraries offer their communities a constructive way to spend the summer. The Summer Reading Challenge seeks to instill a lifelong love of reading in St. Tammany Parish youth and to involve them in rewarding and stimulating activities.  Studies have shown that the effects of summer reading programs improve reading comprehension skills between school years.  

“Now more than ever we need to connect. Reading, telling stories, playing, and learning are great ways for families and friends to spend time this summer. Not to mention that the Summer Reading Challenge is fun! The St. Tammany Parish Library is here to support our community’s imagination,” said Tanya DiMaggio, Assistant Director of Support Services.

For more information on the St. Tammany Parish Summer Reading Challenge or other library programs, call your local branch library, check the calendar of events or contact Children’s Services Coordinator Jenny Mayer at 985-893-6280 ext. 2017, Teen Services Coordinator Jennifer Rifino at 985-626-9779 ext. 3004, or Adult Programming Coordinator Jillian Boudreaux at 985-893-6280 ext. 2010.

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