Summer Reading 2021
While this year’s Summer Reading Program will look a little different this year, I hope we can all have fun celebrating reading and learning together! Our theme is Tails and Tales! We’re going to learn all about our fuzzy, feathery, fluffy, and furry friends, and we might even fine some scaly friends, too!
~ Cor Blevins, WCPL Children’s Programmer
Each week we will continue our virtual programming like usual: Storytimes on Tuesdays at 9am and First Chapter Book Club on Fridays at 4pm.
Take Home Craft Packets
We’ll have take-home craft packets available each week, and a virtual instruction video released each Wednesday at 4pm. Each take-home packet will feature a different animal-themed craft!
In addition to our virtual storytimes, we’ll also have Drive-In Storytime! There will be four different Drive-In Storytimes this summer: two at our Jonesborough Library and two at the Gray Branch Library.
Jonesborough: Friday June 11 at 10am and Monday July 19 at 10 am
Gray Branch: Monday June 7 at 10am and Friday July 23 at 10 am
If you and your family are out and about this summer, check out our new Storywalk at our Jonesborough Library! The story will change periodically, so be sure to come back and visit the walk often!
Of course, the biggest part of summer reading is the actual reading! Participants can register for our summer reading challenge by going to wclibrarytn.beanstack.org OR by picking up a reading log from our Jonesborough or Gray location beginning May 24th! Logging for summer reading will officially begin on June 7th and end on July 24th!
Earn prizes like brag tags, gift certificates, and the opportunity to participate in our finale event! Details will be posted here and on our Facebook page shortly!
Reading Buddy Program
Want to read, but don’t have anyone to read to? That’s okay! Adopt one of our Reading Buddies from the library! We have all sorts of (stuffed) pets to take home, from birds to fish to puppies to kittens! Send pictures of you reading to your new friend for extra chances to win prizes!
Recommended Reading Lists
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
A Color of His Own by Leo Leonni
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead
Whose Footprint is That? by Darrin Lunde
One Dark Bird by Liz Garton Scanlon
Wild Symphony by Dan Brown
Joy by Yasmeen Ismall
Pete the Cat: I Love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin & James Dean
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Busy Town by Richard Scarry
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence & Richard Atwater
Stuart Little by E.B White
The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Skunk & Badger by Amy Timberlake
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Warriors series by Erin Hunter
Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Freddy the Pig series by Walter R. Brooks
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien