Chester County Library announces summer reading programs, signups

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By Savannah Gilbert
Library Director

Middle School Book Club Information
Since the summer of 2004, the library has offered a Middle School Book Club that meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday during the months of June and July. Our first meeting for 2021 will be on Thursday, June 3, 2021. Children who have finished third grade through fifth grade may participate, but each child must sign up to attend. Each week, the children will receive a book that we will discuss the following week. The meetings consist of discussions firstly led by library director Savannah Gilbert and then participant led. As able, there may be STEAM challenges or activities that can be completed at the library or at home. On the last day of Middle School Book Club (July 29, 2021) we will have a pizza party and participants will receive a book club T-shirt that the group designs! This year, our theme will follow our Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales!
Due to COVID-19, the library has made many adjustments to ensure the safety of our community, patrons, and staff. The middle school book club will be offered in a hybrid manner. A live feed will be available where participants can join via our meeting software, WebEx. Participants will have the option to meet in person as well (as long as the library opening phase allows for this- you will be notified if we cannot have anyone physically present in the library). This allows participation even when on vacation, at a friend’s house, or while out running errands! A final option if unable to attend physically or have no internet is to call a phone number that will allow your child to be a part of the meeting with audio only. For more information, please contact Savannah Gilbert at 731-989-4673 or by email at library@chestercountylibrary.net. Please register no later than May 15. 
Middle School Book Club Sign Up: http://bit.ly/ChesterMSB2021

Summer Reading Program Information
The Chester County Library Summer Reading Program officially begins on May 15, 2021. Reading and listening logs will be made available on May 15. The Summer Reading Program schedule is already available on our website at chestercountylibrarytn.weebly.com. We have several great events this year from a family jeopardy event, shelter pet day, jungle yoga storytime, visits from a hawk and snakes, and so much more! Our kickoff event will be on Thursday, May 27th at 3:30pm. The Memphis Zoo’s Zoo Dude will be offering a Zambezi River Hippo Adventure virtual program at the library! This year, the Summer Reading Program is open to children, juveniles, teens, and adults with prizes for each age group! The library is also hosting a write your own story contest and LEGO creation contest. 
In response to the COVID19 pandemic, the Chester County Library has elected to offer most programs in a hybrid manner. This means that all programs will be offered in the library. Social distancing will apply and face masks are encouraged but not required. If indicated, you also have the option of attending programs virtually. This will be completed through the program WebEx which can be downloaded onto a tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop. Alternatively, you have the option through WebEx to call a phone number and join the meeting in this manner. If you select this option, you will be able to hear and speak at the program, but not see the program. 
Craft packs will be made available 1 week prior to each program. If you will be completing the program virtually and need a craft pack, please pick one up at the library. Otherwise, program attendees at the library are welcome to get their craft pack and complete the craft at the library OR take their pack home at the end of the program.

May Library Events
Saturday, May 8, the Word Weavers will be meeting from 10 a.m. to noon in the conference room of the Chester County Library. All are welcome to attend. 
On May 15, the Chester County Library will make available Summer Reading Packets. These will include reading/listening logs, schedule of events, award listing, information on the LEGO creation contest and writing contest, and ideas for getting started on your reading and listening logs!
The Chester County Library board will be meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 at the library. This meeting is open to the public. If you feel that you need to be added to the agenda, please contact the library director, Savannah Gilbert, at library@chestercountylibrary.net or 731-989-4673 no later than seven days before the date of the meeting. 
On May 20, those who have signed up for the Middle School Book Club can pick up their first book and schedule of meetings to begin in June. 
On May 27, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. the Chester County Library will have a Summer Reading Program kickoff. The Memphis Zoo’s own Zoo Dude will be presenting a Zambezi River Hippo Adventure virtual program. Snacks and take and go crafts are available for participants of the program.