Tails and Tales - Summer Library Program 2021
Let’s check out the animal kingdom . . .
and a LOT of stories! We'll see how much we can imagine, learn and enjoy, right from home. Keep track of how much you read to earn badges! When you complete your reading log, you’ll earn a brand new book of your choice. Throughout the summer there will be online performances including a magic show, a storyteller who will lead us on a nature walk, storytimes, a StoryWalk, lunchtime stories from around town, at-home activity challenges, feathered friends to meet in person, and more.
If you prefer to go device free, print out this PAPER READING LOG
Tails and Tales Challenge Pix
Don't miss these exciting online programs!
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 1 PM
MAGIC MORGAN AND LILIANA!
Magic Morgan and Liliana combine the art of illusion and comedy to give the audience a program of humor, magic, mime and more. Prepare to be dazzled! Find out more about Magic Morgan HERE.
REGISTER FOR MAGIC MORGAN'S ZOOM PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1 PM
STORIES IN NATURE WITH CORAL CONANT GILLES
Trot, sing, wiggle, dance, and hunt along with Coral and the animals in her stories. Then grab your portable devices, and head outside to explore together - APART! Coral will provide guidance, inspiration, and activities to guide us. We’ll share exciting discoveries with each other! Find out more about Coral HERE.
Materials packets available at the library starting one week before the program.
REGISTER FOR CORAL'S STORYTELLING PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 10:30 AM
HOO'S WOODS RAPTOR CENTER
Come see some of the winged residents of Hoo’s Woods and learn all about the falcons, eagles, owls and other birds that live there. Don’t miss this chance to meet Center director, Dianne Moller, who will bring some amazing birds right to the library. Learn more about Hoo's Woods HERE.
***This program will take place outside, in front of the library! Due to social distancing, space is limited. Register early!***
REGISTER FOR HOO'S WOODS RAPTOR CENTER
TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS, JUNE 22 - JULY 27, 2-4 PM
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (ages 10 and older) - TUESDAYS
Come join long time Game Master, Skot Rieffer, and lead your character through some epic adventures! Solve mysteries, fight monsters, and more, while playing Dungeons & Dragons. No experience is required. Dice, if you have them, paper, and pencil are recommended. Digital dice are available. Limit of 7 - preregistration required.
Program is FULL. To get on the waitlist, contact the library: 608-798-3881.
THURSDAYS, JULY 1 - AUGUST 5
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS (ages 10 and older) - THURSDAYS
This second session has been added due to interest. To be added to this session, please call Catherine: 608-798-3881 by Wednesday, June 30th by, PM.
LUNCH BUNCH EVERY FRIDAY AT NOON
WHERE IS MS. CATHERINE THIS WEEK?
Each Friday Ms. Catherine will bring you a story from somewhere in or around Cross Plains. Tune in to our Facebook page at noon on Fridays to try and figure out where she is. Stick around for the story, and then a quick tour of where she is, and who and what she has found to share with you!
Magic tricks, dragon marionettes, kaleidoscopes, and more - we’re bringing the adventure to you this summer! The Library is giving out a new cool Maker Takeaway Kit each week of Summer Library Program-free and fun!
SOME FUN RIGHT AT HOME!
Here are some activities to do at home! For each one you complete you can earn a virtual badge on the Beanstack program or app. Send us a picture of your finished product for our online gallery (Tails and Tales Challenge Pix), too! If you are not using Beanstack, come and get a sticker or bookmark at the library after you send in your photo.
To see what participants came up with last year, see this gallery of pictures.
1. Attend at least 3 library programs and win a magic wand!
2. Dress up like your favorite book character.
3. Create a cover for an animal legend or trickster tale you imagine and bring it to the library to be displayed in our library window gallery.
4. Create a reading nook somewhere in your house or yard.
5. Read a story to your pet, or write to a Puppy Pen Pal! (see webpage)
Tween Book Club - ages 9-12
August 16, 3-4 PM
Because of the Rabbit, by Cynthia Lord
On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.
The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school.
But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he's obsessed with animals. Jack doesn't fit in, and Emma's worried he'll make her stand out.
Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she's meant to have?
Listen to author Cynthia Lord
Interview with Lynne Kelly, author of Song for a Whale
Song for a Whale, by Lynne Kelly
The story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.
From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.
When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to "sing" to him! But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?
The Tween Book club read Song for a Whale, by Lynne Kelly for their February 2021 book discussion. The author graciously agreed to answer questions from the group. Take a look at the interview, which includes a link to a fascinating article, complete with recordings of whale sounds.
Teen Book Club Interview with author Adam Rex
Check out this interview with the author of one of our favorite reads, The True Meaning of Smekday. We have often read the book for an end of the year selection (just because we like it so much). Adam Rex offered to answer questions for our group, take a look at what he had to say.