Tales & Tails: Summer Reading 2021

Published 6/28/2021 by Amber McClure

Summer Reading 2021 is scheduled to run June 4 - August 13. All Summer Reading programs are FREE and open to the public, but some require registration or participation release waivers. All participation release waivers for children will need to be signed by the child's parent or legal guardian. Please call the library location of the event you wish to attend for more information to register. Don't forget to grab a Summer Reading Bingo Card as a way to track both reading activities and books read!

Complete a Summer Reading Bingo Card or log your reading times and get entered into a drawing! Each Bingo completion or logging three books will count as one entry into the drawing. The summer is a crucial point between school years that maintains the growth your child and teen have gained. FCPL provides learning activities for all ages.

Download our Tales & Tails: Summer Reading calendar now.

Want to log your reading online? Visit our new Summer Reading website to keep track of your reading and your favorite summer programs.

This Week in Summer Reading

July 19-23


NC Zoo: Magical Metamorphosis, July 19 at 10 a.m.
How does an animal go from eggs to legs to wings? Explore the amazing lifecycles of insects and amphibians and learn how the NC Zoo is saving many of these magical species. Open to all ages. For more information, email jordanmc@forsyth.cc.

Amazing Alligators, July 21 at 2 p.m.
Discover one of North Carolina's largest and most important predators wtih the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The presentation will include facts, images, sounds and a real alligator. Recommended for ages 5-11. Email jordanmc@forsyth.cc to sign up.


University of North Carolina at Wilmington Marine Biology Career Presentation
  • July 19 at 5 p.m. with Dr. Michael S. Tift, Dr. Luis A. Huckstadt, and graduate students
  • July 21 at 5 p.m. with Dr. Ann Pabst and graduate students
  • July 22 at 5 p.m. with Mr. William A. McLellan and graduate students
  • July 23 at 5 p.m. with Ms. Tiffany Keenan-Bateman and graduate students
Professors and graduate students from teh department of marine biology at the Universty of North Carolina at Wilmington will present research that they are doing on various marine mammals, and marine biology as a career. For ages 12 and up. Email jordanmc@forsyth.cc for more information or to sign up.

Australia, Animals and Dots, July 20 at 5 p.m.
The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology will demonstrate the importance of dot painting in Aboriginal art and culture, through the use of objects in the museum's collection. This teen craft program will be virtual, with kits being available to pick up at the Carver School Road Branch. Registration is required. Email leonarzl@forsyth.cc to sign up.

Animal Fears and Myths, July 20 at 2 p.m.
Are snakes aggressive? Will a trantula bite kill you? Can hedgehogs shoot their quills? Be Wild Inc. will answer these questions and more, as they talk about some common animal-related fears. This is an all-ages virtual program. Email leonarzl@forsyth.cc to sign up.


Witchy Washi Crafts, July 20 at 10 a.m.
Join us virtually as we make washi tape hangers and clothespins for your closet. Stop by the Lewisville or Paddison Memorial branches to register and to pick up a supply kit. Supplies limited.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Tour, July 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Go on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Nroth Carolina Aquarium and see stunning exhibits of aquatic environments and wildlife. An aquarium educator will guide you through areas not usually seen. For adults and their families. Registration required. Email deguzmse@forsyth.cc for registration.

Animal Services in Forsyth County: Not Your Grandpa's Dogcatcher, July 23 at 11 a.m.
Learn about the myriad of responsibilities of Animal Service Officers. Take a virtual tour of the truck that officers use, and learn how Animal Services collaborates with the Forsyth Humane Society to serve two- and four-legged Forsyth County citizens. For all ages. Registration preferred. Email at deguzmse@forsyth.cc for registration.

Lunch and Learn with Chef Floyd, July 23 at noon
Join us for a virtual cooking lesson with Program Chef Floyd Davis as he prepares an assortment of melons for a fruit tray in observance of National Melon MOnth. Please register and email davisfm@forsyth.cc.