This summer, Shreve Memorial Library is inviting readers of all ages to have a whale of a good time at the library and at home. The library’s “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program encourages children, teens, adults and families to explore the animal kingdom and amazing tales this summer. Activities for the annual Summer Reading Program will include a wide assortment of program options for all ages, including a stellar line up of online and virtual events that patrons can enjoy from the comfort of home. Interactive, virtual programming begins June 1 and features live musical performances, virtual field trips, hands-on workshops, magic shows, and more. Each program is being conducted via Zoom, and registration is required to attend. All programs are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, June 1, award-winning children’s musician, Will Parker, will kick off Summer Reading Program activities with a whimsical and interactive virtual concert. With over 10 years of experience writing and performing songs for kids, Parker plays the guitar and harmonica while singing original songs from his albums Animal Maniac and Imagine Land. His high-energy shows feature sing-a-longs, dancing, improvisation, and lots of audience participation. The concert is perfect for children of all ages and will take place on Tuesday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Adults are also invited to join the Summer Reading Fun with a virtual field trip to the Museum of Bad Art Zoo on Monday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m. The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in other venues. Since 1993, MOBA has collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. Artists of MOBA love to capture their furry, feathered, and fishy friends. This collection of sincere, original art includes treasured pets, exotic creatures in the wild, and animals that exist only in the artist’s imagination, all of which can be found at the MOBA Zoo. Michael Frank, MOBA’s Curator in Chief, will present the program and respond to comments and questions on Zoom chat.
Alex Thomas and Friends will host a live, interactive, hands-on workshop, designed especially for teens and Among Us gamers, on Tuesday, June 8. Attendees will learn how to sculpt their very own three-dimensional Among Us character using polymer clay and basic sculpting techniques. Attendees have the option of creating a crewmate or an imposter. Materials needed for the program include black clay, white clay, and two additional colors of choice and toothpicks. Materials are not provided. The Among Us clay sculpting workshop will begin at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Professor Universe is back this summer with a comedic science show all about animals, DNA, and change. In “The Great Chicken Melodrama,” Professor Universe will introduce audiences to a variety of lively characters including a chicken doctor, animal catcher, Father Time, Ribosome Rob and a caterpillar. The hilariously entertaining production will engage children of any age and make learning about science fun. “The Great Chicken Melodrama” takes place on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Local favorite DAT Does the Trick will amaze online audiences on Tuesday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. With incredible magic tricks and fantastic balloon animals, DAT Does the Trick will entertain all ages in this very special “Tails and Tales” virtual performance, leaving audiences in awe and anxiously awaiting the next surprise. Children, teens and adults can also learn to make their very own balloon animals from the comfort of home.
On Thursday, June 24, Steve’s Snaketuary will round-out the June virtual program schedule with an informative virtual program all about identifying snakes. Steve’s Snaketuary is here to get rid of fears of snakes and show everyone just how beautiful and beneficial snakes can be. The program will teach snake identification by showing off some amazing snakes, explaining the differences among snakes and dispelling many myths about the creatures. The program will take place via Zoom at 2:00 p.m.
Shreve Memorial Library patrons are encouraged to sign up for one or all of the virtual programs. Registration links for all programs can be found at https://www.shreve-lib.org/647/Summer-Reading-Program-2021.
The “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program is open to all ages, and patrons can participate by logging books online, enjoying virtual programs, and attending live outdoor events. Children, age birth to 10, are encouraged to read five books over the summer, teens age 11 to 17 are asked to read at least three books, and adults are tasked with reading two books. As patrons log books online, they will receive digital badges for each book read. Children who complete the 2021 Summer Reading Program adventure requirement of five books will receive a free book, while teens and adults who complete their reading challenge will receive book bucks. In addition, Shreve Memorial Library will hold weekly prize drawings for participants. Prizes include book bundles, posters, tabletop coloring sheets, banners, and more.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program began Saturday, May 1, and can be completed online through the library’s Beanstack site at https://shreve-lib.beanstack.org/reader365. Registered participants can begin logging books on June 1. The deadline for completion of the Summer Reading Program is Saturday, July 31. There is no cost to participate in the “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program.