2021 Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will enjoy animal stories this summer as Manheim Community Library joins the Library System of Lancaster County in presenting the “Tails and Tales” 2021 Summer Reading Program. The countywide reading program begins June 5 and will run through August 14. Manheim Community Library will kick off summer reading program events on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park with a sensory friendly show by Turtle Dance Music.

Tails and Tales is divided into four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and Teen (ages 13-19). To complete the challenge, participants read and complete activities related to the arts, STEM, physical fitness, community, and learning.  Adults may choose to participate in Manheim Community Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program to be entered into a grand prize drawing. Visit the Library for registration forms and details.

 Last year, the Public Libraries of Lancaster County held their first virtual Summer Reading Program because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year children and teens may choose either the virtual or the paper challenge. Beanstack will be used again for the online challenge. Details about Beanstack are available at lancasterlibraries.org/srp.

Educational studies have shown that the summer reading program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’ and counters learning loss during the pandemic.

Here are some additional benefits of having students enroll in the summer reading program:

  • Young children will gain self-confidence and a love for reading, books, and the library.
  • The groundwork will be laid for children to become lifelong readers and learners.
  • Entire families will have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate summer reading events.
  • Completion of the program will give children a sense of accomplishment and belonging.
  • Parents and caregivers will gain knowledge about early literacy and learning activities at the library that they can continue at home.
  • The library becomes a community destination for more families during the summer.

For more information about Manheim Community Library’s Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program events, visit the Library or manheimlibrary.org/events. All programs are free. Registration is required for events.

June

1 PONY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m., Mummau Park

8 PONY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

9 TURTLE DANCE MUSIC & Summer Reading Kickoff Party  RESCHEDULED: Turtle Dance Music will perform August 11. 

6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park

15 PONY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

16 RAN’D SHINE MAGIC SHOW, 10 a.m. at Memorial Park

22 PONY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

29 PONY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

July

6 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

8 ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS, 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Park

13 PHREDD: One Man Ukulele Band, 11 a.m. at The Shack

15 TAILS, TRACKS, and TURDS, 1 p.m. at Mummau Park

19 JEFF BOYER’S BIG BUBBLE BONANZA, 1:30 p.m. at Mummau Park

20 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

27 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

August

3 ZOO AMERICA, 10:30 a.m. at Mummau Park

10 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

11 TURTLE DANCE MUSIC, 6:30 pm at Memorial Park

17 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

24 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

31 FAMILY STORY TIME, 10-11 a.m. at Mummau Park

Virtual Programs on ZOOM!

Teen SummerZine 2021

June 8, 4-5:30 p.m. with Abbey Nash

June 22, 4-5:30 p.m. with Abbey Nash

July 6, 4-5:30 p.m. with Jenni Walsh

July 20, 4-5:30 p.m. with Jenni Walsh

August 3, 4-5:30 p.m. with Eric Bell

August 17, 4-5:30 p.m. with Eric Bell

VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL STORY TIME continues through the summer on Thursdays at 10 AM.

For more information about Manheim Community Library’s Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program events, visit the Library or manheimlibrary.org/events. All programs are free. Registration is required for events.

SUMMER FITNESS QUEST

Summer Fitness Quest begins June 5 through August 14. This initiative is a Get Outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for youth (ages 5-12) and their family while enjoying the natural beauty of Lancaster County parks, trails, and nature preserves.  Choose from suggested parks in the central, southern, eastern, northern and western regions of the county or visit local hometown parks or your favorite outdoor place. Visit 5 places and you can earn a Summer Fitness Quest Medal. Visit at least 10 outdoor locations and your name will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a Giant Food Stores Gift Card. Details at lancasterlibraries.org/sfq