The Chetek Public Library is following the national summer reading program theme of “Tails & Tales” for its children’s program. The library will be exploring animals from around the world and tales of animals from many cultures.

The library has purchased many new animal books to help explore from Antarctica to Australia, the Americas, the Amazon and everywhere in between. Families are encouraged to come in, browse and take books and crafts home.

A Tails & Tales coloring poster is available, along with activity sheets, stickers, pencils, tote bags and bookmarks. Different items will be offered each week. Start the summer off right by taking home a reading record card to keep track of books read during the summer. Turn in completed reading records to be eligible for prizes.

Kids, teens and adults can all participate in a “Draw A Story” program. Each project begins with a short paragraph introducing a story. The artwork created to illustrate the idea is totally up to the artist! There will be several story choices available each week. Come into the library to pick up a few choices.

While there is space for artwork on the same page as the introductory paragraph artwork does not need to be confined to the original page. It doesn’t even need to include paper; follow your inner artist. Completed artwork may be dropped off at the library for display. This self-paced program began June 1 and continues through Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Outdoor scavenger hunt lists are available for pick-up. These are great for getting kids of all ages outside, exploring the natural world around us. Some focus on things found in backyards, others on water or forest environments.

Color pictures offer clues and a checkmark box keeps things organized. Nothing needs to be picked up, collected or even touched. The idea is to observe nature without harming it. Want to learn more about the plants or animals on the scavenger hunt lists? Come into the library and check out a book. This self-guided program is available through Labor Day.

The library will feature self-guided story walks on library property. Look for the bright blue signs and follow the book pages from one page to the next to read the whole book. Intended for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children with a caregiver, the books will change frequently. A take- home craft will be located at the end of the book. This outside activity is available during daylight hours.

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