Summer Reading Program

SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2021

June 1 - 12 • Local Tales - Animals around your home such as pets and in nature
June 13 - 26 • Farm Tales
June 27 - July 10 • Jungle and Zoo Tales
July 11 - July 24 • Water Tales

SUMMER READING PARTICIPANT PHOTOS

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM INFO

The branches of the Northeast Regional Library invite you to join us this summer as we explore the worlds of animals of all shapes and sizes through our 2021 Summer Reading Program – “Tails and Tales.”  Summer Reading activities will run from June 1 through July 23 and will follow four main themes – “Local Tales”, a celebration of all our household pets, as well as animals found in our local areas, “Farm Tales,” a look at all the various animals that work and live on farms, “Jungle and Zoo Tales,” an exploration of all the wild animals found in those locations and “Water Tales,” an examination of all the various animals that make their homes in oceans, lakes and ponds.

Library branches are still not able to provide in person programming, so all Summer Reading Program activities will continue to take place through virtual programming, ‘grab and go’ activity packets, and Story Walk collaborations in partnership with local communities.  Virtual programming kicks off on June 1 with a presentation by local favorite Deb Davis, an Outreach Educator from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.  Deb will tell the story of “The Heron and the Hummingbird,” a new spin on the classic tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare.”  Afterwards, fellow Outreach Educator Jackie Henne-Kerr will tell about each animal.  The virtual programs can be viewed through the NERL website at www.nereg.lib.ms.us.  

Additionally, various NERL staff will provide daily Story Times on the website, most of which will be recorded so that the stories can be watched at your convenience.  NERL will also continue posting daily suggestions for fun family activities that fit into our Summer Reading Program theme on the Suggested Family Activities page of the website.

Over the course of eight weeks, branches will hand out activity packets filled with coloring sheets, activity sheets, craft projects, suggested reading lists and more.  A total of four different packets will be available (each based on the above themes).  Packets will be tailored to age level and abilities, with different packets available for those 6 and under, 7 -11 and 12 and up.

NERL is very excited this year to offer something new – Story Walks!  Story Walks are outdoor reading experiences where a children’s book is presented via plastic signs at various points along a walking trail.  Participants walk the trial, stopping at each sign to read the pages of the story.  We are proud to partner with our local communities and their Parks and Recreation departments to present Story Walks in the following areas: Belmont, Blue Mountain, Booneville, Burnsville, Corinth, Iuka, Ripley and Tishomingo.

In celebration of how much we love our pets, NERL invites you to submit pictures of your children (and adults too!) reading to their pets.  And if you don’t have a pet right now, or if your pet is a little camera shy, don’t worry!  Photos of your child reading to their favorite stuffed animal is a great idea as well.  Pictures may be sent to NERL at summerreading@nereg.lib.ms.us, where they will be put into a slideshow on the NERL website.  

To view the schedule of daily Story Times and find out more information about Story Walk locations or for questions about Summer Reading Program in general, please contact us at summerlibraryprogram@nereg.lib.ms.us, visit our website at www.nereg.lib.ms.us. or call your local library branch.

Introducing Story Walks

What is a Story Walk?  A Story Walk is an outdoor reading experience where a children’s book is presented via plastic signs at various points along a walking trail.  Participants walk the trial, stopping at each sign to read the pages of the story.  NERL is proud to partner with our local communities to present Story Walks at the locations listed below.

So that we might record the number of people who enjoy our Story Walks, participants are asked to either:

  • Scan the QR code located on the Story Walk to record the number of people in their party
  • Call or visit their local library branch to tell a NERL staff member that they participated in the Story Walk
  • Visit their local library branch to receive a set of color wildlife finger puppets

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Just Like My Brother by Gianna Marino – Walking trail located in C.C. Shook Park at 383 2nd Street. Ppresented in partnership with the Town of Belmont and the Belmont Parks and Recreation Department

Belmont StoryWalk with Librarian Andrea Green and Parks Director Brian Lynch

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – William H. Sanders walking track located at 110 W. Mill Street.  Presented in partnership with the Town of Blue Mountain.

NERL Library Director Dee Hare (L), and Librarian Stacy Hull (R) set up the Blue Mountain StoryWalk with Blue Mountain Mayor Doug Norton.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins – Walking trail located in Plumrose Park at 110 Dallison Drive.  Presented in partnership with the City of Booneville and the Booneville Parks and Recreation Department.

Booneville Story Walk with Parks Director Jon Hill and Mayor Chris Lindley

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – Walking trail located in Burnsville Municipal Park at the intersection of Front Street and Eastport Street . Presented in partnership with the Town of Burnsville.

Burnsville Librarian Charlotte Morris with Burnsville Mayor, David Nixon

How to Fold a Taco by Naibe Reynoso and Ana Varela – Walking trail located in Crossroads Regional Park located at 309 S Parkway Street.  Presented in partnership with the Corinth-Alcorn Parks and Recreation Department.

Corinth StoryWalk! NERL Library Director Dee Hare and Corinth Librarian Cody Daniel with Chelsea Brown from Corinth-Alcorn Parks and Recreation

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachael Isadora –The Iuka Mineral Springs Park Walking Trail located at 118 S. Pearl Street.  Presented in partnership with the City of Iuka and the Iuka Public Works Department.

Dee Hare, Emily Dotson, Gwen Spain

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin – Presented in partnership with the City of Ripley and the Ripley Parks Department.

  1. Walking trail at the Fred and Elizabeth Smith Sportsplex located at 34 Smith Park Drive
  2. Walking trail at the J. C. Nance Park located at 702 North Main Street

Click Clack Moo StoryWalk

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Deisen – Town of Tishomingo Walking Trail located at 63 County Road 108.  Presented in partnership with the Town of Tishomingo.

Tishomingo StoryWalk with NERL Director Dee Hare, Police Chief Mike Kemp, Librarian Beverly Parker, Mayor James Tennyson, and Town Council Member Anne Taylor

Story Times • Week 1-2 • Local Tales, Pets

Story Times • Week 3-4 • Farm Tales

Story Times • Week 5-6 • Jungle Tales

Story Times • Week 7-8 • Water Tales

Virtual Summer Reading Programs

Theme One: Debora Waz presents The Heron and the Hummingbird

This is the first guest presentation in our Virtual Summer Reading Program 2021

Theme Two: Music Play Patrol Tails and Tales Storytelling 

This is the second guest presentation in our Virtual Summer Reading Program 2021

We’ll post participant photos here.
If you would like to share your crafts with our community, send pictures to
summerlibraryprogram@nereg.lib.ms.us

SUGGESTED FAMILY ACTIVITES

New Suggested Family Activities
are posted here