by Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
The dog days of summer are upon us. The kids are horsing around with ants in their pants. You’re feeling like a fish out of water. Don’t let sleeping dogs lie! It’s time to take the bull by the horns and register for Tails & Tales, this year’s Summer Challenge at the Library. Starting on June 1, you can get the lion’s share of fun and prizes - just for reading!
Ready for an animal-themed summer adventure? Track your Summer Challenge progress this year in one of several ways. Download “Beanstack Tracker” from your app store and track your reading and activities using your phone or tablet. (Use “St. Charles City-County Library” as your site when you set up your account.) You can also use Beanstack online through the Library’s website. Or, you can stick to paper gameboards - print them out at home or pick yours up at any Library branch.
Once you’re registered and ready to track, the fun begins! Kids, teens, and adults can earn prizes for completing activities. There are lots of opportunities to read, but you can also earn by drawing, writing, cooking or baking, spending time outside, and MORE. Win books (to keep!); colorful cups or mugs; and vouchers for food and fun at Wendy’s, Freddy’s, Amp Up Action Park, Kokomo Joe’s, or the O’Fallon Hoots. Can’t get enough? Complete bonus reading and activities to earn your very own “Super Reader” yard sign, and show the whole neighborhood that you are the cat’s meow.
But wait, there’s more! If you are (or have) a budding artist at home, enter one of two contests this summer. We are looking for beautiful photos and bookmarks to commemorate Summer Challenge. Take a photo or design a bookmark that has a “Tails & Tales” theme, and submit it for consideration. A winning entry would really be something to crow about!
Summer Challenge also encourages you to explore your St. Charles County community with the Summer Tour: Animal Expedition. Earn extra Summer Challenge prizes when you visit different library branches this summer. Discover a unique habitat at every branch on your tour. For example, the Augusta Branch will become an African savannah. The Kathryn Linnemann Branch will have an ocean theme. Ready for a wild goose chase? Your Summer Tour awaits! The ultimate adventurer will see them all.
Get registration information, contest details, reading lists, and all of the stops on the Animal Expedition straight from the horse’s mouth. Make a beeline to mylibrary.org/summerchallenge. You’ll be in the doghouse if you let Tails & Tales happen without you. Be an eager beaver and register today!
All Library facilities are open to the public and offer curbside/drive-up services. Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: myLibrary.org/covid-19