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Summer reading program theme ‘Tails and Tales’

Posted on June 1, 2021

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The Wilson County Public Library Summer Reading Program, “Tails and Tales,” will take place June 14 through Aug. 7. Staff members from all library locations have prepared a variety of virtual programs and reading incentives for children, teens and adults. For continued safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, most programs will be offered online via the library’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel or Zoom. Register and track your progress with READsquared beginning June 14 at 

Paper registration forms and reading logs will be available for those who wish to participate off line. Incentives and prizes will be awarded for participation in the program and for completed reading logs.


Children ages 0-12 are invited to join Tails and Tales to fight “summer slide” and help ensure that youth are prepared for the new school year. Enjoy stories, crafts and activities about a variety of animals. The 1 p.m. programs are for ages 3-10. Programs can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube unless otherwise specified.

On Monday, June 14, enjoy the Summer Reading Kick Off program and create a CD fish. On Monday June 21, construct a bird feeder and butterfly puddler. Make an origami bookmark during the Monday, June 28, program. 

On Tuesdays, STEAM programs are on Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. with science, technology, engineering, arts and math emphasis. The June 15 program has a shark theme. On June 22, participants will create an energized jitterbug. On Tuesday June 29, participants will learn how to build a small animal-themed push cart. Activity packets will be available for pickup at the youth services desk on the Monday before each program, while supplies last.

On Wednesday, June 23 at 1 p.m., join the staff for a tin can bird feeder craft on the library lawn. Create a bird feeder for your feathered friends. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact youth services at 252-237-5355 to register. 

ABC Storytime takes place on Mondays, June 7, 14, and 21, at 10 a.m. This is a virtual interactive alphabet storytime focusing on letter recognition and phonological awareness, including interactive games, songs and fingerplays for ages 0-5. Storytime for ages 0-10 takes place on Wednesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 10 a.m.  Each week participants will explore a new theme with favorite stories old and new.

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join the staff on Facebook or YouTube on Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 5 p.m. for Pajama Storytime. This new program presented by branch librarians will provide stories, songs and other surprises to help our younger patrons have pleasant dreams. Ages 0-10 are invited to Bilingual Storytime to hear favorite stories in English and Spanish on Fridays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 5 p.m. Signing Storytime for ages 0-10 will launch on Saturday, June 19, at 5 p.m. In partnership with Barton College Deaf Education, this storytime will be presented in American Sign Language and spoken English.

For questions regarding the Youth Summer Reading Program, contact Scott Houston, youth services manager, at or 252-237-5355 ext. 5055.  


Young adults ages 12-18 are invited to join the Young Adult Summer Reading Program. Log minutes, read and earn points by completing online activities via READsquared. Each participant who earns 300 points by Aug. 7 will be entered into a random gift card drawing. Prizes will also be awarded for the most points earned. 

In the month of June, teens ages 13-18 are invited to show off their love of animals by submitting their favorite pet stories. Do you have a story about your pet that you want to share with the world? Type up your short story, attach a picture of your pet and send it to Kate Brittain at Entries will be featured on the library’s Facebook page.

Ages 12-19 are invited to a Zoom Book Talk featuring “The Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna on Thursday, June 10, at 4 p.m. Participate in a guided discussion on this novel and hear what your peers have to say about it. Register to obtain a Zoom link.  

Ages 13-18 are invited to a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, June 17, at 4 p.m. TAB gives teens the opportunity to share ideas and plan programs and services offered to their peers by the library. Members of TAB attend monthly meetings and assist in at least one teen program each school year. Participation may count toward school and National Honor Society service hours. Meetings will be held via Zoom. Register to obtain a Zoom link. 

TGIF is a bi-weekly book review show featuring teen librarian Kate Brittain. Listen to book reviews and recommendations for readers of young adult literature and learn background information on each title. Tune into Facebook or YouTube every other Friday at 11 a.m. for a brand-new episode.

For more information or to register, contact Kate Brittain at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or


Adults 18 and up are invited to join the Adult Summer Reading Program. Log minutes read and earn points by completing online activities via READsquared. Each participant who earns 300 points by Aug. 7 will be entered into a random gift card drawing. Prizes will also be awarded for the most points earned. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner, assistant director, at or 252-237-5355 ext. 5072.

Are you sometimes unsure how to talk with older adults? This Zoom webinar on Monday, June 14, at 1:30 p.m. may help. Mental health professionals from Therapeutic Alternatives will present “What Did You Say? Communicating with Older Adults.” Learn how to have the best possible interactions with older adults and gain tips for dealing with communication issues. Registration is required. Visit to register. For questions, contact Therapeutic Alternatives at 919-523-5120. 

Matthew Kleven, adult services librarian, will present “Telling Your Professional Tale: Crafting a Winning Resume” on Monday, May 21, 2 p.m., on the library’s Facebook page. Learn the dos and don’ts of creating a compelling resume to land your dream job. For more information, contact Matthew Kleven at or 252-237-5355 ext. 5074.

Celebrate National Candy Month as local history librarian Tammy Medlin presents “Desserts of Wilson County” on Wednesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Explore recipes for candy, cake and other goodies from local cookbooks in the North Carolina Collection. Library staff will provide a cooking demonstration. This program will be available on Facebook and YouTube. For more information, contact Tammy Medlin at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or


Community members of all ages are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program at any library location and online. Registration forms and activity packets for branch-led programs may be picked up from the specific branch location. As supplies are limited, these will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

• The Black Creek branch is located at 103 Central Ave. in Black Creek. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 252-237-3715. Children ages 6-10 can pick up grab-and-go kits from June 14-18 to complete a bird feeder for feathered friends. For the week of June 21-25, teens ages 14-18 can pick up an animal sidekick maker kit. From June 28-July 2, ages 6-10 can pick up grab-and-go kits to create a kite for Curious George to fly. Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

• The Elm City branch is located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, call 252-236-4269. Participants ages 3-12 may pick up grab-and-go activity kits while supplies last. Learn about animals Down Under, including kangaroos, koalas and wombats from June 14-18. Explore tales and activities about pigs, donkeys, chickens and sheep with a “Farm Animals Friends” kit from June 21-25. Make a cheetah craft while learning about speedy falcons and slow sloths in a “Fast/Slow Animals” activity from June 28-July 2. 

• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 252-239-0046.  Participants ages 5-12 will receive grab-and-go activity and informational kit with fun facts, games, puzzles, crafts, reading suggestions and much more about animals in the wild. From June 14-18, pick up a “Talk to the Animals” activity and learn about Dr. Doolittle. During the week of June 21-25, experience “Shark Tales” and learn about the Shark Lady. From June 28-July 2, learn about “Primitive Primates” and the women who studied these often-feared animals. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.  

• The Crocker (Stantonsburg) Branch is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. Hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 252-238-3758. Participants ages 5-12 can pick up grab-and-go kits on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Celebrate pets and adopt a reading buddy with an “Energetic Tails” activity the week of June 14-18. Explore the “Multi-tasking Tails” of busy beavers and playful otters from June 21-25. Learn about “Mythical Tails” with crafts featuring dragons and unicorns during the week of June 28-July 2. 

For questions about the library, call 252-237-5355 or visit The Summer Reading Program is made possible in large part due to the generosity of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.  

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