Tri-Town libraries prepare for summer programming

Jun 10, 2021

With schools emptying out for the summer, Tri-Town libraries are gearing up for summer programming with registrations opening soon for many events.

All three libraries will participate in the 2021 state-wide summer library program, themed “Tails and Tales,” by offering summer reading logs, prizes, workshops and other events.

At Marion’s Elizabeth Taber Library, readers will be able to collect a free summer reading log and mini zoo animal reading buddy when they sign up at the library starting June 14.

Summer events will kick off on June 28 with an interactive children’s concert by Rockabye Beats at the Marion Bandstand.

On June 26 and July 17, the Artmobile will visit the library for a drop-in event exploring fashion and costume design inspired by the Ruth E. Carter exhibit “Uncommon Threads.”

In July, “Tails and Tales” will continue with a visit from the Pine Meadow Children’s Zoo on July 8 featuring alpacas, goats, bearded dragons, and more. Then on July 20, at 1 p.m., Mike Piazza will host a “high-flying frisbee spectacular” with his border collies. Both events will be held outside at the library.

There will also be a rotating selection of lawn games — including bag toss, Kan Jam, giant Legos, obstacle courses and more — available everyday starting at 10 a.m. on June 14.

At the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, kids up to 12 can sign up for the Beanstack Reading Challenge starting June 29 and be awarded an animal figurine for every hour they spend reading. When the program ends on August 6, a raffle will be held for everyone who signed up and read at least six hours. Prizes include craft kits, books, and ice cream vouchers.

In addition to the reading challenge, Mattapoisett library goers 10-and-up can also sign up for the summer acting and puppetry workshop.

The six-week program, (four meetings on zoom, two in person) held on Tuesday mornings and led by Dreamtale Puppets, will guide children through the process of creating a puppet production. Registration begins June 15 and the program will run from July 6 to August 10.

Other events at the Mattapoisett library include an outdoor concert at the library with Roger Tinknell and Davis Bates at 6:30 p.m. on July 6 (no registration required); a nature bingo hike at Grace Pond Preserve with Mattapoisett Land Trust on July 23 at 10 a.m. (registration starting June 15); a petting zoo at the library starting at 10:30 a.m. on July 30 (registration starting July 6); and an end of summer party with music from Backyard Band Jams and ice cream (no registration required).

To register for events at Mattapoisett Free Public Library visit

The Plumb Library in Rochester is offering seven weeks of animal-focused activities for children, teens, and adults this summer in honor of “Tails and Tales.”

Registration is required and opens on June 14. The program will begin on June 21.

Visit to register.