Summer Reading 2021 June 4 – July 16

The annual Summer Reading Program is here! Jump into Summer Reading this year with Tails & Tales. This year we’re going WILD with summer reading! Starting June 4th, Tails and Tales will be offering online and inhouse programs. You can watch all our our virtual events on Facebook! Stop by the libraries for a reading log to win prizes and enter raffles, also take fun activities to try at home, and Bingo sheets for all ages. First day to pick up reading logs and Bingo cards start June 4th. Contact your local branch on how to participate.

What is the Summer Reading Program?

Every summer, MCPLS offers Summer Reading programs to keep kids and their families reading all summer long. We believe reading is a fundamental skill. Summer Reading is a community tradition that promotes reading for fun and lifelong enrichment. We create an encouraging framework for learning for all ages during the summer. Reading together as a family helps prevent summer learning loss and encourages strong communication & bonding.

Here’s what you can do during the Summer Reading Program:

  • Visit the library and check out a book or download an eBook from our digital library.
  • Pick up a Reading log and Bingo Sheet each week from your library (or print it out from the link below)
  • Make an activity from or at the library
  • Read at least 15- 30 minutes every day
  • Track how many minutes you read on your reading log and mark it on the Bingo sheet.
  • Join in on our programs.
  • Turn in your reading log and Bingo sheet each week to win prizes.

Virtual event lists: *All events can be viewed on Facebook

Week 1: Friendship!

Steve Weeks Music!

For families that LOVE music! Monroe County Library System celebrates Summer with a six week program designed to encourage reading, promote literacy, expand knowledge and showcase Libraries as a fun and safe Community spaces. Our opening program is a virtual celebration with Steve Weeks, a songwriter dedicated to entertaining families.

Be a good friend and share the fun.

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Week 2: Pet Pals

Take a Tour at the Florida Keys SPCA

Florida Keys SPCA, The Center for Animal Welfare & Education, is dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of all animals through compassionate care, adoption, education, population control and humane law enforcement. Join Ms. Trisha and the volunteers of the SPCA as we tour their facility and see all the cute critters up for adoption and learn more about them.

Learn about pets with feathers, fur, fins, paws, and claws.

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Week 3: Ocean Life

Marine Science Eco Experience and the Library tank!

Tune in this week to learn more about our wonderful ocean. Ms. Trisha and her scientist friends at the MSEE work closely in teaching our local community and tourist the importance of our sea creatures. Join us as we learn more about the beautiful creatures that are native to the Florida Keys, including conchs, sea stars, sea urchins, and hermit crabs. 

Dive deep under the sea, through the waves, and along the shore.

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Week 4: Garden Bugs

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

This week learn about the life cycle of butterflies with Ms. Trisha then take a virtual look into The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory! Then join in on the fun with the Islamorada branch by helping them grow their fairy garden!

Visit the Islamorada branch to help the faeries make their village as magical and special as can be. Grab a Take ‘n Make kit for all ages, ready to go and create a fairy house. Be as creative as you can be, submit your creation to the Islamorada branch or send in a picture, tell us a story with your creation, we appreciate your contribution!

*Fairy House Take ‘n Make kits available at Key West, Marathon, and Islamorada branch.

See what’s crawling all over the garden.

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Week 5: Wild Animals

Bahia Honda State Park and Mote Marine Labs

What a Tale their Tails can tell. Bahia Honda State Park is home to many species from land and ocean. This presentation will tell you about some of the species you may encounter at the park and in your community. You will learn which species are native to the area and which ones are exotic. We will also talk about what function tails serve for different animals. By the end you will probably wish you had a tail too.

Join Mote as we dive into the amazing underwater world of coral reefs! What is a coral? Why are reefs so important, especially to us here in the Florida Keys? What is Mote doing to help protect our reefs? Learn all of this and more in this exciting virtual experience with Mote! 

Explore the world of wild animals.

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Week 6: Great Outdoors

Smokey the Bear!

Smokey the Bear will be teaching us all about fire safety. He will present a video on how to stay safe in the woods and when camping. We may have a special surprise by Smokey the Bear. 

Hike, camp, and see forest critters.

See All “Great Outdoors” Activities

Printable Reading Logs :

Branch Locations and Social Media:

Key West Branch 700 Fleming Street, Key West 305-292-3595 Key West Library Youth Facebook

Big Pine Key Branch 213 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key 305-872-0992 Big Pine Key Library Facebook 

Marathon Branch 3490 Overseas Hwy, Marathon 305-743-5156 Marathon Library Facebook

Islamorada Branch 81830 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada 305-664-4645 Islamorada Facebook Page

Key Largo Branch 101485 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo 305-451-2396 Key Largo Library Facebook

Patricia Blanco Sr. Librarian-Youth Services