Tails & Tales: All ages summer reading Program at the Athol Public Library starts June 18

  • Get your picture taken with a dinosaur on Friday, June 18, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., during the Athol Public Library’s summer reading program kick-off event. Contributed photo

  • “A Summer Reader Lives Here!” proclaims this dinosaur photographed outside the Athol Public Library, which is offering a summer reading program for all ages starting Friday, June 18. Contributed photo

Staff Reporter
Published: 6/9/2021 1:45:11 PM
Modified: 6/9/2021 1:45:14 PM

ATHOL — Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom this summer as the Athol Public Library presents “Tails & Tales.” The annual summer reading program will run from June 18 through Aug. 20. There is something for everyone and plenty of ways to stay busy reading and having fun. Last year, participants exceeded the community reading goal — and the library staff know they can count on everyone to do it again this year. If the goal is met, the Friends of the Athol Library will make a donation to the local animal shelter.

Beanstack, a web and mobile app, is back with new “Tails & Tales” challenges for all ages. It’s easy to get started. Just sign up at athollibrary.beanstack.org, choose a challenge based on the reader’s age and you are ready to track reading, complete activities, earn badges and win prizes. In addition to the Virtual Beanstack Challenge (perfect for those with internet access), the Children’s Room has a Visitor’s Challenge designed with frequent library visitors in mind. Both challenges include a Tails & Tales Brag Tag necklace and all summer kids can earn beads and charms by attending programs and reaching reading milestones. Children’s Librarian River Stanley says, “You can choose either the Virtual Challenge or the Visitor’s Challenge or you can do both. We recommend both.”

The library is excited to offer in-person programming. They will be taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor space in the Millers River Park and making use of their indoor program rooms. They will also continue hosting virtual programs via Zoom. All ages programs on the schedule include: Animal World Experience with Matt Gabriel and his amazing animals, Henry the Juggler, Life-Size Candy Land, What Does a K9 Officer Do?: Q & A with Athol K9 Officers Deveneau & Gronk, and 9 holes of Mini Golf.

Teens participating in summer reading can sign up for Beanstack and participate in activities happening at the library. Pixel Art, Junk Car Races, and Slime Making are just a few events on the calendar. There’s plenty for adults to do, too. Between tracking reading and completing challenges on Beanstack, there are animal-themed programs including Dog Treats with Carla (for teens – adults) and Pet First Aid (ages 8 – 108).

Kick-off set for June 18

Things get started with the big Summer Reading Kick-Off on Friday, June 18. Look for the tents in the park behind the library and drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guests can sign up for summer reading, play games, win prizes, collect a lawn sign and take-home activity kits, and even get their picture taken with a dinosaur! Valuing Our Children and LUK, Inc. will also be on hand with information and giveaways.

Don’t forget to stop by the Friends of the Library Big Book Giveaway. There will be carts and tables of books arranged under the portico and everyone attending can choose up to eight books. (Please bring your own bag.) The event will be held indoors in the event of rain.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Masks are required at all programs. The library is located at 568 Main St. in Athol and is open for browsing Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit them online at athollibrary.org or call 978-249-9515. “Tails & Tales” is sponsored by the Athol Public Library, the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners, the Mass. Library System, the Boston Bruins & Boston Pride Hockey Teams and the Friends of the Athol Public Library.

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