Tails & Tales

Smiles are the order of the day for the perfunctory photo with the Tails & Tales display at Blountsville Public Library. -Blountsville Public Library

Smiles are the order of the day for the perfunctory photo with the Tails & Tales display at Blountsville Public Library. -Blountsville Public Library

Get ready for some adventures with Tails & Tales. Summer reading is all about the animals this year as Oneonta and Blountsville public libraries kick off their summer reading program.

Blountsville Public Library

Blountsville kicked off Tails & Tales last Friday with a special program presented by Leeanna Cheatwood and the first 25 families who registered received a new book donated by Friends of the Locust Fork River.

Storytime along with a fun program will be every Friday in June at 10 a.m. On June 11, Jamie Finley will present the program.Mari Brindle will be on hand June 18, and Alene Bullard wraps up the month on June 25.

Children who read at least five books will get to attend a Kona Ice party Friday, June 25. Top readers will also receive prizes. All events will be held outside, weather permitting.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 205-429-3156, visit www.blountsvillepubliclibrary.info, or follow the library on Facebook at Blountsville Public Library for information.

Oneonta Public Library

Summer reading registration is happening now with the first 100 families receiving a free picture book courtesy of Friends of the Locust Fork River. There will be programs for all ages (preschool to adults) throughout the month of June. Once you’ve registered, be sure to complete your reading goals to be entered to win some “pawsome” animal-themed prizes.

Today at 10 a.m., 6th Day Creatures will bring a variety of animals to teach kids about the wild world around us. At 10 a.m. on Mondays, June 14, 21, and 28, they’ll have “Outdoor Tales” story time for kids.

On Tuesday, June 15 (rain date June 22), Friends of the Locust Fork River will present “How to Save Birds, Bees, and Wildlife” for kids. Inspired by A Garden to Save the Birds, participants will learn easy ways to help animals in their own backyard. That starts at 10 a.m. Later that day, at 6:30 p.m. (rain date June 29 or July 6), they will have Jeopardy for teens featuring outside trivia games with prizes – and refreshments provided.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17 (rain date June 24), Vince Meleski presents “Intro to Birding,” an outdoor presentation on local birds. Refreshments provided. At 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19 (rain date June 26), Mr. Breakfast is back with an outdoor animal-themed event for kids.

There will be some water balloon fun for the teens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, with Water Royale. Refreshments will be provided and rain dates are June 29 or July 6.

On Wednesday, June 23, (rain date June 30), they’ll present Chats, Cats, and Dogs for kids. At 10 a.m. Irene Latham will read her Caldecott Honor book The Cat Man of Aleppo, talk about her new book D-39: A Robodog’s Journey, and answer questions. Signed copies of both books will be available for $20 each to raise money for the Animal Adoption Center of Blount County. Karen Gilham will bring furry friends for show and tell.

Joan Babcock will lead an adult outdoor art class on plant and flower sketching called Sketching Nature at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 28 (rain date July 12). Supplies will be available or you can bring your own. Refreshments provided.

Library hours are Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks are preferred. Phone the library at 205-274-7641 or visit www.oneontapubliclibrary.org for more information.