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From the Metropolitan Library System

Summer Reading is Here!
Help us reach our community goal of 8 million points by reading and learning this summer!
Every summer for more than eighty years, the Metropolitan Library System has offered a Summer Reading program to keep kids and their families reading all summer long.

How do I Participate?
Sign in or register for an account on Beanstack (our online summer reading software) or visit your local library. You can login with your account information from previous years. If you are new to summer reading, you can create a login. If you would like to be eligible for prize drawings, please list your library card on your account when you sign up.

Register for this year’s program.
After creating a Beanstack account and signing in, you’ll need to register for this year’s Summer Reading Program (Tails and Tales). If you do not register, you cannot log reading, earn badges and prizes, or be eligible for prize drawings. You must register each year to participate in the current Summer Reading program.

Log reading minutes and activities to earn badges and prizes.
Earn 600 points to receive prizes (Two books or a Metro tote bag). No internet access? No problem! You can keep track of time spent reading and activities with our paper logs or visit your local library and staff can log minutes and activities for you.

Library Programs
The library will also be hosting a variety of virtual programs and take-home kits to celebrate this year’s theme, Tails and Tales. Below are a sampling of the programs and kits for June. Visit your local library for more information and to learn about other upcoming events. Registration is required for all programs due to limited space and supplies.

Make & Take Crafts
Ages 5 – 12
Kit pick-up June 7th – 18th

Habitat Heroes
Ages 5 – 12
Kit pick-up June 7th – 18th
Have a roarin’ good time learning about the African savanna and the animals that live there while you create a diorama!

Firefly Friends
Ages 6 – 12
Kit pick-up June 14th – 20th
Explore the ecological importance of fireflies with hands-on activities!

Locomotion & Skeletal Adaptations
Ages 5 – 10
Monday, June 21st | 4 – 5 PM
This program is held on Zoom and includes other online activities

Frescoes of Ancient Rome
Ages 5 – 12
Take Home Kit + Zoom program on June 28th from 4 – 5 PM
Through Zoom, a teaching artist will lead children through a hands-on art project based on the frescoes of Pompeii and the special museum exhibition The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.

Oh My Fur & Whiskers! DIY Animal Costumes
Ages 12 – 18Kit pick-up June 14th – 24th
Create your own animal ears and tail!

Local Explorer Take Home Kit
Ages 16 +
Kit pick-up June 2nd – 8th
Investigate the animals and bugs that are around you, and participate in citizen science projects!

Garden Pest Control without Chemicals
Sunday, June 6th | 2 – 3 PM (Zoom)
Learn simple techniques to reduce harmful pests in your garden!

Monarch Gardens
Tuesday, June 8th | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Learn how to design garden spaces that attract monarchs!

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