Summer Reading

“Tails and Tales” are coming to area libraries for the next couple of months.

The Summer Reading Program kicks off on Tuesday and will run through July 23 with a mix of story times, grab-and-go activity packets and story walks at local sites. While the libraries have just reopened, the activities are happening virtually as a continuing pandemic precaution.

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. She 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

Various Northeast Regional Library staff will provide story times on the website with most being recorded for viewing at any time. Daily posting of suggestions for fun family activities will continue and will fit the summer reading theme.

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 based on the summer reading themes and tailored to various age groups.

Corinth Librarian Cody Daniel will kick off the daily story times on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with a reading of “Dog Breath” by Dav Pilkey.

The new story walks activities 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. In Corinth, Crossroads Regional Park will be the location.

The libraries are also encouraging people to submit photos of children and adults reading to the family pets or stuffed animals to summerreading for a slideshow on the NERL website.

See the website for more of the story time schedule and other details.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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