Our 2018 Summer Reading Activities have come to an end.
We’re looking forward to next year!

Calling all Library Rock Stars … Join the Northeast Regional Library and our 13 branches this summer as we celebrate our 2018 Summer Reading Program theme – “Libraries Rock!” Activities begin in June at most of our branches, although some programs and activities will also continue throughout July.

All of our branches are planning weekly crafts, games, activities and programs centering on the world of music. We’ll be making instruments from everyday objects such as paper plate tambourines, drinking straw flutes and plastic egg maracas. Some of our libraries will have actual musical instruments such as drums, keyboards, guitars, violins, dulcimers and autoharps as well as musicians to play them. Several of our libraries, such as the ones at Blue Mountain and Ripley, even plan to let children experience music from other cultures.

What else goes hand and hand with music? Dancing, of course! The Baldwyn Library is planning a Dance A Thon, the Corinth library is planning to do the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey, the Ripley Library will be Limboing and the Tishomingo Library is even planning an end of program Luau! Tishomingo County Extension agents will be getting kids up on their feet to exercise to music at both the Belmont and Burnsville libraries (as well as talking to them about healthy eating and lifestyle habits).

We’ve got lots of special visitors lined up this year to help us celebrate “Libraries Rock!” The George E. Allen Library in Booneville will showcase their Community Rock Stars –Mississippi Miss Hospitality Emma Grace McGrew, Fire Chief Michael Rutherford and members of the Booneville Fire Department will be in attendance on their first day along with deputy sheriffs from the Prentiss County Sheriff’s department and a member of the Booneville Police Department. Magician Bentley Burns will be performing at the Belmont Library; Stormin’ Bob Swanson, The Singing Weather man will perform at the Iuka Library and acclaimed children’s music recording artist Mr. Richard will return at the end of June for a performance at the George E. Allen Library in Booneville.

Yearly favorite Debora Waz, a biologist from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will be visiting the Booneville, Corinth, Tishomingo, Walnut and Iuka libraries to talk about how animals hear sounds– and she just might have a few animal friends with her! Myrtle the Turtle from the Mississippi Department of Transportation will make a visit to the Iuka Library and the Rienzi Library is planning a program about animal sounds using the children’s book Wolf Camp.

Other special visitors include a guitarist at the Rienzi Library, a music teacher at the Burnsville Library and a band director at the Ripley Library. Some of our branches, like the ones at Iuka and Walnut, will be using “Libraries Rock” as a chance to explore the study of geology and rock formations. Many branches, such as Belmont, Burnsville, Corinth, Iuka and Tishomingo, will be having programs on the popular pastime of rock painting.

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.

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.

To view more information about the Summer Reading Program at your local branch and to see a full list of their events, please click on a library 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

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