summer reading


Join the Northeast Regional Library and our 13 branches this summer as we journey through space learning about the stars, planets, our solar system and more during our 2019 Summer Reading Program – “A Universe of Stories.”  The fun will take place during the months of June and July.

All of our branches are planning weekly crafts, games, activities and programs with a space theme.  We’ll be learning about stars, the sun and moon, planets and constellations.  This summer also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing in 1969 so several branches will be learning about that historic event as well as all things about NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) program.  We’ll be making cardboard tube rocket ships and telescopes, stardust jars, BB-8s, aliens and UFOs.

We’ve got lots of special visitors lined up this year! The George E. Allen Library in Booneville will showcase their Community Stars on their first day of programming. Booneville Miss Hospitality Abbie Gamble will be joined by members of the Booneville Fire Department and Police Department, who were recently featured on the CBS reality show Lip Sync to the Rescue.  Also in attendance will be members of the Prentiss County Sheriff’s department and the Baptist Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service.

Tishomingo County Extension agents will be getting kids up on their feet to exercise at the Burnsville libraries (as well as talking to them about healthy eating and lifestyle habits), while at the Corinth Library a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present a Water Safety program.

Debora Waz shows a turtle

Debora Waz shows visitors a turtle.

Yearly favorite Debora Waz, from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will be visiting the Belmont, Booneville, Burnsville, Corinth, Iuka, Ripley, Tishomingo, and Walnut libraries with her “Out of this World Reptiles” and representatives from Families First of Mississippi will be presenting programs at our Belmont and Burnsville branches about weather emergencies.

Other exciting activities include a StoryTime under the Stars at the Baldwyn Library where participants will build tents and hear stories about space and a Jedi Training Academy at the Tishomingo Library, complete with lightsabers, Star Wars dog tags and a costume contest.


New this year at The Blue Mountain Library will be StoryTime events on Saturdays in July and the Booneville Library will have Movie Nights on several Friday nights in June and July.  Programming for teen participants this year includes “Board @ the Library” in Booneville where teens can try to beat the Booneville librarians at board games.

Our libraries’ Summer Reading Programs are a great way to help children combat the dreaded “Summer Slide,” where they lose some of the valuable skills they’ve learned the previous year at school during the summer months.  You know what they say – “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!”  SRP also allows librarians and dedicated library volunteers a chance to show children how fun libraries, books and reading can be.  And Summer Reading Program activity days are also a great way for you and your kids to get out of the house, socialize and make new friends.

summer slide reading srp

Our Summer Reading Program has two separate parts: The reading component encourages children to read and keep track of their progress through special reading records and giveaways.  In addition to reading, libraries will also have weekly activity programs featuring puppet shows, craft projects, story times and lots of fun activities, with each one being as unique as each of our public libraries.  And while some libraries may have an age recommendation for their special activity days, all readers are welcome as babies and toddlers who can’t read yet can be read to by someone who can.  Several of our branches are also including adults in the reading fun

To view more information about the Summer Reading Program at your local branch, check out their press release on each branch’s page.

To see a full list of events at your local library, please click on a link below:

Baldwyn – Anne Spencer Cox Public Library

Belmont Public Library

Blue Mountain Public Library

Booneville – George E. Allen Public Library

Burnsville Public Library

Chalybeate Public Library

Corinth Public Library

Iuka Public Library

Marietta Public Library

Rienzi Public Library

Ripley Public Library

Tishomingo – Margaret McRae Memorial Public Library

Walnut Public Library

summer reading