Summer Reading

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program with three animals

Summer Reading is Back!

Join the Summer Reading Challenge from June 1 to July 31 as we explore Tails and Tales! Earn points each day for reading, checking out library books, writing stories, and participating in our summer activities. 50 points per day are possible and the program is open to all ages.

How does it work?

  1. Visit one of our branches for a Summer Reading log. Pick up at the desk or call for Curbside Service.
  2. Choose which representative animal team you want to be on: Axolotl, Quokka, or Red Panda.
  3. Log 10 points every time you read, check out a book, work on a library Take and Make, or write a story.
    1. Earn up to 50 points per day!
  4. Return your log each week to a branch for a small prize.
  5. Each returned log will be entered to win a special library prize every week, so keep coming back!
  6. If you want to participate virtually sign up on our Beanstack page.
Click a button below to select your preferred logging method

Tails and Tales Special Events

What is entomaphogy? Learn about the bugs and other wild things in your backyard that you can actually eat! A sampling of bug treats will be available. All events will be held outdoors and weather permitting.
Learn more about Missouri's native animals, including opossums, owls, reptiles and amphibians. We will feature different animals and activities in a variety of locations, so please register for those you are interested in. All events are outdoors and weather permitting. Live animals will be present.
Join us at the Leeton School Gym for a special event featuring beloved Missouri children's author David Harrison. This event will be held inside the school building in partnership with the Leeton School District. For more information, please contact school librarian Deanna Schuler at 660-653-4731 or dschuler[at]leeton[dot]k12[dot]mo[dot]us.

Tales of Your Tails Youth Writing Contest

Abram’s Story: Julius the Brave

As a part of the 2021 Summer Reading Program, Trails Regional Library is hosting a writing contest that incorporates the summer animal theme “Tales and Tails.” The program will have two rounds for entries. Winners will have their writings and illustrations featured on our local PBS-KMOS station and the library website.




Write your own unique animal story! Begin by brainstorming your animal characters and their traits. Use the provided worksheets to design your story before you write. You can illustrate it, too!


You may use the provided paper or your own paper to write your story. You can also type the story in a Word document, email, or other word processor.

Submit your story and the entry form via email or drop off at your local library branch. Email stories and pictures to Children who cannot write can have their stories written or typed by someone else.

Minimum of 50 words and maximum 500 words.


Entries submitted before April 15, 2021 will be included in Round One of the Contest, with

5 entries will be selected to be featured on our local PBS station, KMOS.

Entries submitted after April 15, 2021 until June 15, 2021 will be included in Round Two of the Contest, with 9 entries selected to be featured on the library website and social media.


Worksheets are just to get started. Use the parts that you like and feel free to expand on those ideas. You don’t need to use each one. Be sure to have extra paper on hand.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.