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Summer reading begins at the library with a roar

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    The reading challenge at the library lets readers choose from many different books they may not have read before. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff
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    The summer reading program, tails and tales, has activities such as a cube toss and making a book into a porcupine. ALAINA CLARKE/Staff

The Jones County Public Library will be starting their summer reading program June 1, and the animal kingdom will be the main focus.

Leigh Sloan, library assistant at the Jones County Public Library, said she’s looking forward to the program and seeing everyone who shows up to participate.

“The summer reading program here at the Jones County Public Library starts on June 1 and ends July 30. The theme is tails and tales,” she said. “It’s all about animals, which means we will have animal activities.”

She said there will be seven weeks of activities, with different activities for each age group. Some of the activities are tossing a move like an animal cube, making a peacock mask, dino puppets, stained glass butterflies, and many more. She said the different age groups are birth through age three, preschool through second grade, third grade through fifth grade, and sixth grade and up.

“There are activities for adults to do, too. They can enter tickets to win prize bags. The more book reviews you do, the more tickets you get to enter. We even accept book reviews about children’s books,” Sloan said.

The library assistant said adults can sign up in person for the book reviews, or through the Beanstack app. The app can be found at She said it’s a free downloadable app to record reading times.

“For the summer reading program, the kids can read 15 hours to get to level one prizes, and when they read 30 hours they get to level two,” the library assistant said. “We have books, activities and prizes they can pick up the first week of August.”

Sloan said the children don’t have to read books about animals even though the theme is about animals. She said she just wants them to read as much as possible, and it can be anything.

“The summer reading program keeps the kids thinking and working on their grammar, spelling and things that they would typically lose during the summer. They will be losing some of those basic skills, but this program will keep them going. It keeps the kids sharp,” Sloan said.

She said for older teens and adults there is a reading challenge this summer. She said it has 15 different topics. Some of the topics are to read a book that is not a traditional book, read a book that is less than 100 pages, read a book that is part of a series, and more.

“This is to get people out of their comfort zone,” she said. “If you only read science fiction, maybe you should try reading a biography. You should try something a little different and expand your reading.”

Sloan said there will be a special guest at the program the week of July fourth.

“This is something fun to do and it’s free. It’s not going to cost you anything. This reading program gives the kids something to do. Pete the Cat will be coming to visit, so it’s an exciting time for the kids,” the library assistant said.

She said coming to the library this summer will help people find new books they enjoy reading. She added that she looks forward to everyone stopping by and those who choose to participate in the program and activities.

“My favorite thing about the summer is seeing the kids finally come in here more often,” Sloan said. “During the school year we don’t get to see them as much. They get to come in and stay here. We are open for the kids to be here.”