Summer is (unofficially) here, and the St. Tammany Parish Library wants everyone, from infants to adults, to join the recently launched 2021 Summer Reading Challenge called “Tails and Tales.”

The challenge is to read — or be read to — for 20 minutes each day. And as you read, use the Beanstack App, from Google Play or the App Store, to track your reading minutes and earn points. Those points translate into potential prizes.

Patrons 18 and younger each get a prize when they register, and everyone who completes the 720-minute challenge will be entered into drawings for the grand prizes when Tails and Tales ends. Grand prizes include Kindle Fires for children 11 and under and $50 gift cards — three for teens and one for adults.

Registration is open to everyone, and it’s easy. Here’s how to do it. Just visit www.sttammanylibrary.org/tails-and-tales to create an account for yourself or your children. As an option, you can register in person at any branch. Weekly drawings will be held through the end of the reading challenge for the 0-11-year-old group.

In addition to the challenge to read, Tails and Tales is peppered with a mix of in-person and virtual programming for all ages. For children, look for weekly, in-person, outdoor Storytimes and StoryWalks in locations throughout the parish.

Virtual programming for children ages 11 and younger includes special guests, such as Johnette Downing — multiaward winning Louisiana musician, singer and author; Didgeridoo Down Under; and presentations from the New Orleans Museum of Art. For the older set, ages 12-18, virtual programming includes creative writing with local, multigenre, Indie author Joy E. Rancatore; an interactive retrospective on “The History of Blues in America” with world-class guitar player, singer and musical artist, Joey Leone; and “Animé Your Way” — a workshop for budding artists taught by special guest Carlos Nieto III, well-known layout artist for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill.”

Adults can also enjoy virtual programming such as tips on how to attract and maintain a healthy bird population in your yard from James and Cheryl Pellerin, owners of the Wild Bird Center in Covington, and Armchair Travel: Storybook Castles — a virtual tour through storybook castles. And virtual family events will involve everyone under your roof.

All library programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Find the events and online registration on our event calendar at www.sttammanylibrary.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

EVENTS June 2-9

WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAY: Just for teens. A virtual painting series with library artist-in-residence Jennifer Waller. Don’t have watercolor paint/brushes at home? No worries! You can pick up a grab ‘n’ go bag of art supplies at the Causeway, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell or South Slidell branches. First class on June 2 at 4 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/TEENWatercolorWednesdayJun2

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THE BLUES: Teens and adults can enjoy “The History of Blues in America” led by music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone. In the spirit of Ken Burns’ breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, Leone covers the history, influence and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts, showing some extra love for New Orleans influences. June 2, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/TheHistoryofBluesinAmericaJune2.

TAKEOUT THURSDAY: Teens, join us on the Zoom platform for “Animé Your Way” taught by special guest Carlos Nieto III, a layout artist for “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill,” who will present his workshop for budding artists. Come ready to draw. You will need paper and pens/pencils/etc. June 3, 4 p.m. — 5 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/ANIMEYOURWAYJune3.

FAMILY FRIDAY: Join in for a one-hour family friendly program to test your knowledge of urban legends and cryptozoology in Urban Legend Trivia. This event is open to all ages via Zoom and Kahoot! June 4, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/FamilyFridayUrbanLegendTriviaJune4.

STORYCRAFT: Join via Zoom for your favorite Storytime books, songs, and activities in a virtual format. It even includes captioning. June 7, 10 a.m. — 11 a.m. Register online at: bit.ly/VirtualStorycraftoverZoomJune7.

TEEN MONDAY: Join via Zoom for a Creative Writing Workshop series with special guest presenter, local author Joy E. Rancatore. Week 1 is” Tails’ Fable Tales.” What is a fable? How do animals act in fables? June 7, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Register at bit.ly/TEENMondayTalesonTailsCreativeWritingWorkshopJun7.

TEEN TASTY TUESDAY: Join via Zoom for a virtual cooking demonstration series with our favorite ladies from Culinary Kids, Ms. Sherri and Ms. Jill. June 8, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/TEENTastyTuesdayCookingWorkshopJune8.

FOR TWEENS: Join Ms. Charlene and Ms. Abby to play “Among Us” and try to discover the impostor virtually! This is an online event for those ages 10-14. June 8, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. bit.ly/AmongUs-TweenVirtualEventJune8

WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAY: Teen painting series continues with Jennifer Waller. Get a grab’ n go bag of art supplies if you need them at the branches listed in first item of this list. June 9, 4 p.m. — 5 p.m. Register at: bit.ly/TEENWatercolorWednesdayPaintingSerieswithourArtistinResidenceJune8.

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL: Adults can take a virtual tour through storybook castles when St. Tammany Parish reference librarians show attendees beautiful images of castles from around the world while introducing library resources that can help plan real journeys to far off places. June 9, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Register online at: bit.ly/ArmchairTravelStorybookCastlesJune9.

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