Tails and Tales – 2021 Summer Reading Program

The library’s summer reading program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

June 1 thru July 31!

Readers of all ages take a walk on the wild side this summer as Polk County Library presents “Tails and Tales” the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

Participation is easy! Sign up for a reading challenge on Beanstack to log your reading throughout the summer and complete activities to earn badges.  Did we mention there are prizes for everyone? A small prize is awarded to every individual that registers for a 2021 Summer Reading challenge. Earn badges throughout the summer to complete your reading challenge to earn a completion prize. Every person who completes the reading challenge, in addition to receiving registration and completion prizes, will be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize. Grand prizes are available for each challenge age group: 0-5 years, 6-12 years, 13-17 years, and adults 18+ years.

FUN FOR ALL AGES! How it works:

  1. Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app
  2. Register for a family or individual account and add readers
  3. Log reading and activities
  4. Earn badges and prizes along the way!

**If you registered for Beanstack accounts last summer, simply log in and register for this year’s challenge(s).**

In-person programming events are back this summer!

Some events may require pre-registration, as space may be limited. Contact the library for registration details. Check out our calendar or your Beanstack activity badge descriptions for program details.:

Bolivar location:
  • Story Hour – every Monday at 10:00 am
  • Bookish Beginnings – every Monday at 3:30 pm
  • Monday at the Movies – every Monday evening starting at 5:30 pm
  • Wonders of Wildlife presents Birds of Prey or Reptiles (to be determined by the presenter) – June 8, 2021 at 3:30 pm
  • Pinterest Night – June 10 and July 8, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • MU Extension Office presents Beekeeping 101 series – June 17 and June 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Dickerson Park Zoo presents “Stories from the Web of Life” – June 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Tumbles Gymnastics performance – July 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Dickerson Park Zoo presents “Tails and Tales” – July 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Karaoke Night – July 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Mad Science presents “Tales of Tails” – July 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm
  • Polk County Humane Society presents Pet Pals – July 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Murder in Maui – July 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • End of Summer Bash – July 29, 2021 5:00-7:30 pm
Humansville location:
  • Story Hour – every Thursday at 11:00 am
  • Bookish Beginnings – every Thursday at 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday Night at the Movies – 2nd and 4th Tuesday starting 5:00 pm
  • Dungeons and Dragons – 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 5:00 pm (how-to session 4-5:00 pm)
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop your stuffed animals off on June 25, 2021 after 4:00 pm, pick-up on June 26 during business hours
  • Pinterest Night – June 17 and July 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Fair Play location:
  • Story Hour – every Wednesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookish Beginnings – every Wednesday at 3:30 pm
  • Pinterest Night – June 8 and July 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Knits Wits – June 3 and July 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm
  • Mystery Book Chat – June 17 and July 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Morrisville location:
  • Story Hour – every Tuesday at 11:00 am
  • Bookish Beginnings – every Tuesday at 3:30 pm
  • Teen Craft Hour – Drop-in to do the craft at your convenience or take a kit home with you! New monthly craft kit its available the first week of each month
Check out the 2021 Summer Reading program events below:

All Events Click Here!

Thank you to all of our many sponsors! (listed in no particular order): 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Missouri State Library, the Friends of Polk County Library, the Bolivar Fire Department, Fired Up Pottery, the MU Extension Office, Stephens Photography, Rick’s Taxidermy, Wooderson Veterinary Clinic, Dickerson Park Zoo, Little Caesars, Sonic, Creator Delights, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Green Grass Equipment, Jasmine Chinese Restaurant, Sling-n-Stones Ministries, Super Lube Service, Sweet Kayle Soup and Salad, B&B Theatres, and All Creatures Animal Clinic.