Three Ways to Participate in the 2021 Summer Reading Program - Tails and Tales!

June 1 - July 31
  1. Visit Your Local Library and Pick Up a Reading Log
  2. Join virtually at READsquared
  3. Download a Pre-K or Youth Reading Log
Read books, win cool prizes and participate in exciting programs both virtually and in person. Explore "Tails and Tales" events on our online events calendar or visit your local library's website for local programs:
  • New Bern
    Space is limited. Please register for all programs by calling the New Bern Library @ 252-638-7815.

    Preschool Read-to-Me Storytime
    Join us each Tuesday @ 10:30am during June and July for our Summer Reading Program’s Preschool “Read-to-Me” Storytime…Tails and Tales!
    We will begin our journey exploring the world of bookish beasts and those amazing creatures on the wild side. Then we will discover a few backyard bandits and our final destination…There’s no place like home! Stories, rhymes, music & movement, and so much more!!!

    Watch Friday's June 18 virtual storytime on YouTube.


    Tails and Tales K-2nd Grades Session

    Week 3 - Will Armadillo ever learn his lesson? Join us as we read a story about our short-tailed friend and his hijinks around the watering hole! Then let’s get in on the action as we make our own movable armadillos!

    Week 4 - Why would an old raggedy pair of slippers possibly mean so much to the distinguished “tiger king”? Come find out as we enjoy this classic folktale and then learn to make a beautiful memory box of our own!

    Week 5 - It’s time for some fun down on the farm! Join us as we catch up with eleven lazy llamas that must come to the rescue. No time for laziness during this week’s activity! Let us show you how to make your own colorful decorative suncatcher.

    Week 6 - True beauty is within! Join Blackbird and Ringdove as we journey to Africa for this traditional tale from Zambia. Afterwards, settle in as we learn to craft a beautiful black bird of our own!

    Week 7 - Hard times have come to Hare and his family, and now he must use his wits to come out on top! Come along as we join Hare and the lazy Bear on a bargain that’s sure to entertain! Then grow a green thumb as we show you how to plants seeds with your very own gardening pot!

    Week 8 - Join us down under for a rip-roaring culinary tour through Australia! Grandma Poss’s bush magic has turned Hush invisible, and now she must search out the perfect recipe to make her visible again! Stick around and we’ll show you how to make your very own one-of-a-kind “Magic Stars” jar!

    Week 9 - Have you ever heard of a library mouse? Well, get ready for a charming tale featuring a library mouse named Sam, who finds friendship in the most unexpected of places. Then join in the fun as we teach you how to write and illustrate a book of your very own!


    Tails and Tales 3rd-5th Grades Session

    Week 3 - This week’s program will be an adventure you don’t want to miss! Join us for the story of an explorer on a mission, and then follow along as we craft a special traveling vessel and discuss great explorers.

    Week 4 - Cool off from the heat of summer with us as we journey to The Very, Very Far North for this week’s Tails and Tales program.  You will also be able to transform a paper plate into an arctic animal. Which animal will you choose…A polar bear, owl, or fox?

    Week 5- Did you know that the word pourquoi is French for “why?” This week we will be reading a Pourquoi tale that explains how the elephant got his trunk.  You will also create your own elephant masks…long trunk and all!

    Week 6 - Snakes, Pigs, and Cows…Oh my!! When you think of pets, what animals come to mind? Maybe not the three animals mentioned above, but that’s exactly the kind of unusual pets our main character’s neighbor keeps in this week’s story.  Join us as we explore “unusual” pets and learn fun facts about a number of animals. Complete this week’s activity to receive a small prize!

    Week 7 - Today (July 14) we celebrate the birthday of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt by talking about his favorite animal – cats! Our activities will include a book talk for The Cats of Roxville Station by Jean Craighead George and a viewing of some of Gustav Klimt’s famous paintings. We will then make our own Klimt-inspired cat portraits using some of the art techniques the artist made famous.

    Week 8 - Join us for a very special tale about a famous, four-legged World War I hero. Learn about the history of notable past pets in the military. You may be surprised to know one or two already!  We will show you how to craft your very own “pet medal” to celebrate a family pet or other favorite animal. 

    Week 9 - A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together for our final week of Tails & Tales in this Newbery Medal–winning tale.  We will host a special “Tails & Tales” trivia game for all participants. Complete the activity sheet for a chance to win a prize!


  • Havelock

    Now Through- July 29, 2021 10:30 AM at Havelock Library: Ms Deb’s Storytime in person!
    You remember Ms Deb and her fun story and craft times. Maybe you saw some of the many videos she recorded over the past year? Join us for our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program themed Pre-K Storytimes here at the library every Thursday morning.

    Wednesday June 23, 2021 10:30: 4H comes to the Library!
    Ms Ashley Brooks from N.C. Cooperative Extension, Craven County Center will be here to bring 4H style learning to the library community. K-5 program.

    Saturday June 26, 2021 at Havelock Library: Short Tales
    Frankie the Reading Dog and Ms Olga are here to help readers of all ages gain confidence and ability. K-5 program.

    Monday June 28, 2021 2:00 PM at Havelock Library: Sail Tales
    Try your hand at foam block printing on recycled sails to make a small decorative flag. Eva Glennon will be on hand to ensure excellent results! Adults or younger with supervising adult.

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:30 AM at Havelock Library: STEAM Day
    Tour the Craven Community College STEM Lab, see your own design get cut on the laser cutter, and explore the library’s STEAM kits. K-5 program, YA (12 and up) welcome. *Designs for the laser cutter must be submitted at least one week in advance, by Wednesday June 23. Please ask for more information.

    Thursday July 1, 2021 3:00 PM at Havelock Library: Show us Your Pet Tails
    Decorate a frame for your pet photos, and submit a photo for a virtual pet parade. YA program.

    Wednesday July 7, 2021 10:30 AM at Havelock Library: Animal Stereograms
    Did you see a tail? Are you sure about that? Come by for a fun hour of puzzling stereogram fun and try making one to take home with you. K-5 program.

    Monday July 12, 2021 2 PM at Havelock Library: Cold Blooded Tails
    Claire McGraedy will be here with Bearded Dragons to talk about the care and keeping of reptiles. Adult program, other ages welcome.

    Monday July 19, 2021 2 PM at Havelock Library: River Tales
    Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse River Keeper, will be here to educate and inform us about the ecosystem of the Neuse River. Adult program, other ages welcome.

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:30 AM at Havelock Library: Big Screen Tails
    Chill out with an Arctic tale of heroic sled dogs: Togo, Rated PG, 1 hr, 54 minutes. K-5+YA program.

    Saturday July 24, 2021 1-3 PM at Havelock Library: Short Tales
    Frankie the Reading Dog and Ms Olga are back to help readers of all ages gain confidence and ability. K-5 program.

    Monday July 26, 2021 2 PM at Havelock Library: Military Tails
    A military police K-9 team from Cherry Point will be on hand to demonstrate their impressive skills. All ages program.

    Friday July 30, 2021 11AM at Havelock Library: O.W.L.S. at the Library
    The Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter will be here to help us understand and appreciate local wildlife. Rescued animals that are unable to live in the wild may join us. Please bring a donation for the shelter from their wish list. All ages program.


    Please call 252-447-7509 or visit the Havelock - Craven County Public Library for details.
  • Cove City
    ALL AGES

    Come by the Library to register, adopt your reading buddy, receive materials to start reading and collecting minutes on your reading log for prizes!

    Children - Grades K - 5 Events

    June 7– July 1st—Passive Programs
    Stop by the library each week at your convenience and participate in a fun activity . Be sure to check out more books and keep work-ing on filling up your reading log!

    Hands On Activities Each Tuesday Morning in July!
    July 6—Animal Heroes—10:00—11:15am
    July 13—DINOSAUR DAZE—10:00—11:15am
    July 20—Fresh Water Critters—10:00—11:15am
    July 27—predators of the night owl—10:00-11:15am


    Preschool Read to Me Ages 3-5 Events
    Thursdays—10:30—11:00am
    Every Thursday in June & July we will enjoy stories, songs, games, and crafts!


    ALL AGES
    August 3—SRP Finale—10:00-11:15am
    All participants are invited to join us as we celebrate our reading accomplishments with fun activities, rewards, and ice cream treat
  • Pamlico


    Adopt a Reading Buddy

    Visit the Pamlico Library, fill out an applicati0n and receive an adorable stuffed animal along with a carry box and a certificate of ownership.


    Mondays

    7/5 Drop-In 1- 5pm Tie Dye shirts - Bring your white shirt and turn it into a Tie Dye Masterpiece.

    7/19 Drop-In 1- 5pm Crayon Sandpaper Totes - Make an awesome and original tote bag using sandpaper, crayons, and heat.

    7/26 Stuffed Animal Drop-Off 12pm-6pm - Register and drop off your stuffed animal for Camp with Ms. Fran.

    Tuesdays @  10am Preschool Storytime

    Tuesdays @ 1pm - Learn how to knit. You must be at least 10 years of age.

    Wednesdays @ 10am to 3pm
    Drop-In Craft Wednesday - We will be making a variety of Make and Take Crafts. Supplies will be ready and waiting for you.

    6/23 Clothespin Animal Puppet

    6/30 Make a Fairy/Gnome door &  Animal Cootie Catcher

    7/7 Make a wily Coyote mask.


    7/14 Make a Sprout House

    7/31 Make a catapult


    Fridays @ 11am 

    6/25
    Ms. Olga will be reading Beatriz Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail. With the book as inspiration, you will be making animal characters with watercolor. This program is limited to 12 children in grades K-3. Please call 252-745-3515 to register.

    7/16 Celebrate Christmas in July by making Christmas Ornaments.

    7/30 SRP FINALE @ 10 am - We will be entertained by the antics of your stuffed animals at camp. You don't want to miss the fun! 

  • Vanceboro
    ALL AGES

    Come by the Library to register, receive materials to start reading and collecting minutes on your reading log for prizes! Participants ages 3-5 are encouraged to have an adult read to them and then color in their circle on their reading log for every 15 minutes.

    GRADES K-5
    June 7– July 1st—Fun, Anytime Programs
    Stop by the library each week at your convenience and participate in a fun activity . Be sure to checkout more books and keep work-ing on filling up your reading log!

    Hands On Activities Each Wednesday Morning in July!
    July 7—Swamp Critters—10:30—11:15 am
    July 14—Deep in the Rainforest—10:30—11:15 am
    July 21—Dinosaur Discovery—10:30—11:15 am
    July 28—shark week—10:30-11:15 Am

    Preschool Read to Me Ages 3-5
    Wednesdays—9:15-9:45 am
    Every Wednesday in June & July we will enjoy stories, songs, games, and crafts!

    ALL AGES
    August 4—SRP Finale—10:30-11:15 am
    All participants are invited to join us as we celebrate our reading accomplishments with fun activities, rewards, and a sweet treat!

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