Summer Reading

Welcome to Summer Reading 2021!


Summer Reading for Children
Tails & Tales 2021!

  • Children ages 0-8 can participate in the Children's Summer Reading Program!
  • You can participate online through Beanstack, the Beanstack app, or offline!
  • By logging minutes read and completing challenges, your child will earn badges to receive a completion prize pack!

What is Beanstack and how do I register?

Beanstack is the world's easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you're instantly connected to all of PCDL's reading programs, so you'll get credit for every minute, book, and page read!

Beanstack keeps all of your stats and will cheer you on as you work toward your reading goals, as well as let you know when you've earned prizes! When the library program ends, you keep your account and your reading history! It's always free and you can continue logging your leisure reading! When the next PCDL reading challenge comes around, there is no need to sign up again — just click on the challenge and you'll automatically be registered!

Each member of your family can be registered with individual accounts or a family account with separate profiles. Choose which ever option is best for you and your family!

Registration is easy! Just go to the the PCDL Beanstack website and register! If you have questions regarding the registration process, you can check out this step-by-step guide or you can call the library at 740-342-4194.

Summer Reading Programs

Virtual Storytime

Join Miss Dawn on YouTube for virtual storytime! Registration for this virtual event is required.If you register for virtual storytime, you'll receive a link to that week's storytime on Monday morning to be watched at your convenience.

Registering for virtual storytime does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go Bag. Separate registration for a bag is required. For more information, please see Grab-n-Go Bag Themes below.

To register for virtual storytime, please visit: Virtual Storytime Registration

Outdoor Storytime

Join Miss Dawn on for outdoor storytime! Registration for this in-person event is required.Outdoor storytime will be offered at the Corning, New Lexington, and Thornville locations.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced. Children older than the age of two (2) must wear a mask.

Registering for outdoor storytime does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go Bag. Separate registration for a bag is required. For more information, please see Grab-n-Go Bag Themes below.

To register for outdoor storytime, please visit the links below.


Grab-n-Go Bag Themes

  • Turtle Tails - Edible turtle craft
  • Kite Tails - Create and decorate your own kite
  • Scales and Tails - Decorate your own wooden wiggly snake
  • Ocean Tails - Create sea creatures out of shells and other craft supplies
  • Whale of a Tale - Create glitter slime with a sea creature

A Tale of Two Furry Friends
Presented by Karen Danison

abu and pebbles 

Join us with Miss. Karen and meet Pebbles and Abu! Learn about this wonderful wallaby and her friend, a squirrel monkey!

Pebbles and Abu will be making visits to the Junction City Park and the Somerset Park. Registration for this event is required.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced. Children older than the age of two (2) must wear a mask.

Registration for this event will open at a later date please check back here or our online calendar for future updates.

Paws and Claws

Paws and Claws will be making visits to the Corning, Crooksville, New Lexington, and Thornville Branches! Join us for this program full of family entertainment and education! Registration for this event is required. 

Masks and social distancing will be enforced. Children older than the age of two (2) must wear a mask.

We'd like to thank our sponsors of this event:

  • Corning Paws and Claws sponsored by North Valley Bank
  • Crooksville Paws and Claws sponsored by The Community Bank
  • Thornville Paws and Claws sponsored by Park National Bank

To register, visit the links below:

Drive-Thru Family Nights

Join us for outdoor Drive-Thru Family Nights! Held in the parking lot at the New Lexington Branch Library in the convenience of your vehicle, these events are great for all ages! Drive through and stop at each station to receive a book, themed crafts, goodies, and stop to get your picture with our special guests! Photos are always posted on Facebook after the event for your convenience.

Registration is required. Please email youthservices@pcdl.org if you have any dietary requirements or would like us to withhold your photo on Facebook.

To register, please visit the links below:

June 8, 6pm - Scooby Doo Drive-Thru Registration
June 22, 6pm - Paw Patrol Drive-Thru Registration

Unicorns: Break the Cage

Join us on a wild adventure about two kids who visit the city zoo and discover all sorts of incredible animals, including a horse who knows in its heart that it’s truly a unicorn! The animals join forces to stand up to the tyrannical Zoo Owner — but do they have what it takes to leave their cages forever? The fun animated story segues into fascinating science concept segments about life sciences and animals, so you won’t only be entertained — you'll learn something, too!

Enjoy this virtual on-demand event with your family! In your Grab-n-Go Bag are 2 science experiments to try at home.

Book Reviews

Log into your Beanstack account in order to log book reviews. In the top left-hand corner of your screen is a white button that says Add a Review.

There are two types of reviews you can post: a book review or a picture review.

Read a book you want to share your thoughts on? Write a book review to be posted on our landing (home) page!

Create something amazing with your Grab-n-Go Craft Bag? Snap a picture and post a picture review!

Logging Minutes Read

Keep track of minutes read and log your time in your Beanstack account! By logging your time, Beanstack will keep a running total of minutes read and for every 60 minutes, your child will earn virtual tickets to be entered into the prize drawings!

To record your time, log into your Beanstack account and in the top left-hand corner of your screen is a pink button that says Log Reading and Activities.

You can also include reviews from this screen.

What is the offline option?

The offline version of the 2021 Summer Reading Program is all done on paper! Call your local library to get registered and pick up a one-page reading and activity tracker!

Trackers are available for all ages and contain the same information as the online version through Beanstack. You must also register for a Grab-n-Go bag for each child to receive the supplies for each weekly activity; registering for the offline version of the program does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go bag.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program, be sure to turn in your activity tracker no later than July 21st in order to be eligible for a completion prize!


Summer Reading for Tweens
Tails & Tales 2021!

  • Tweens ages 9-12 can participate in the Tween Summer Reading Program!
  • You can participate online through Beanstack, the Beanstack app, or offline!
  • By logging minutes read and completing challenges, your tween will earn badges to receive a completion prize pack!

What is Beanstack and how do I register?

Beanstack is the world's easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you're instantly connected to all of PCDL's reading programs, so you'll get credit for every minute, book, and page read!

Beanstack keeps all of your stats and will cheer you on as you work toward your reading goals, as well as let you know when you've earned prizes! When the library program ends, you keep your account and your reading history! It's always free and you can continue logging your leisure reading! When the next PCDL reading challenge comes around, there is no need to sign up again — just click on the challenge and you'll automatically be registered!

Each member of your family can be registered with individual accounts or a family account with separate profiles. Choose which ever option is best for you and your family!

Registration is easy! Just go to the the PCDL Beanstack website and register! If you have questions regarding the registration process, you can check out this step-by-step guide or you can call the library at 740-342-4194.

Summer Reading Programs

Tween Activities

All materials for the Tween Activities will be included in your Grab-n-Go Bag!

  1. Shake Your Tail Feathers - Create your own paper cranes and learn about the Paper Cranes Project, and play Ohio Bird BINGO!
  2. Do Sloths Have Tales? - Sew your own sloth.
  3. Dragon Tails & Tales - Create your own dragon egg and dragon flyer.
  4. Critter Bot - Build your own critter bot.
  5. Kite Tails - Build a kite.
  6. Shark Tails - Make your own sea creature slime.

Unicorns: Break the Cage

Join us on a wild adventure about two kids who visit the city zoo and discover all sorts of incredible animals, including a horse who knows in its heart that it’s truly a unicorn! The animals join forces to stand up to the tyrannical Zoo Owner — but do they have what it takes to leave their cages forever? The fun animated story segues into fascinating science concept segments about life sciences and animals, so you won’t only be entertained — you'll learn something, too!

Enjoy this virtual on-demand event with your family! In your Grab-n-Go Bag are 2 science experiments to try at home.

Drive-Thru Family Nights

Join us for outdoor Drive-Thru Family Nights! Held in the parking lot at the New Lexington Branch Library in the convenience of your vehicle, these events are great for all ages! Drive through and stop at each station to receive a book, themed crafts, goodies, and stop to get your picture with our special guests! Photos are always posted on Facebook after the event for your convenience.

Registration is required. Please email youthservices@pcdl.org if you have any dietary requirements or would like us to withhold your photo on Facebook.

To register, please visit the links below:

June 8, 6pm - Scooby Doo Drive-Thru Registration
June 22, 6pm - Paw Patrol Drive-Thru Registration

Book Reviews

Log into your Beanstack account in order to log book reviews. In the top left-hand corner of your screen is a white button that says Add a Review.

There are two types of reviews you can post: a book review or a picture review.

Read a book you want to share your thoughts on? Write a book review to be posted on our landing (home) page!

Create something amazing while working on your Tween Challenges? Snap a picture and post a picture review!

Logging Minutes Read

Keep track of minutes read and log your time in your Beanstack account! By logging your time, Beanstack will keep a running total of minutes read and for every 60 minutes, your tween will earn virtual tickets to be entered into the prize drawings!

To record your time, log into your Beanstack account and in the top left-hand corner of your screen is a pink button that says Log Reading and Activities.

You can also include reviews from this screen.

What is the offline option?

The offline version of the 2021 Summer Reading Program is all done on paper! Call your local library to get registered and pick up a one-page reading and activity tracker!

Trackers are available for all ages and contain the same information as the online version through Beanstack. You must also register for a Grab-n-Go bag for each child to receive the supplies for each weekly activity; registering for the offline version of the program does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go bag.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program, be sure to turn in your activity tracker no later than July 21st in order to be eligible for a completion prize!


Summer Reading for Teens
Tails & Tales 2021!

  • Teens ages 13-17 can participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program!
  • You can participate online through Beanstack, the Beanstack app, or offline!
  • By logging minutes read and completing challenges, your teen will earn badges to receive a completion prize pack!

What is Beanstack and how do I register?

Beanstack is the world's easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you're instantly connected to all of PCDL's reading programs, so you'll get credit for every minute, book, and page read!

Beanstack keeps all of your stats and will cheer you on as you work toward your reading goals, as well as let you know when you've earned prizes! When the library program ends, you keep your account and your reading history! It's always free and you can continue logging your leisure reading! When the next PCDL reading challenge comes around, there is no need to sign up again — just click on the challenge and you'll automatically be registered!

Each member of your family can be registered with individual accounts or a family account with separate profiles. Choose which ever option is best for you and your family!

Registration is easy! Just go to the the PCDL Beanstack website and register! If you have questions regarding the registration process, you can check out this step-by-step guide or you can call the library at 740-342-4194.

Summer Reading Programs

Teen Activities

All materials for the Teen Activities will be included in your Grab & Go Kit!

  1. Paper Cranes Project - Create your own paper cranes and learn about the Paper Cranes Project.
  2. DIY Pet Toys - Make your very own pet toy! Keep it for your furry friend or donate it to your local shelter.
  3. Blackout Poetry - Create your own poetry using old book pages.
  4. DIY Bird Feeders - Create a birdfeeder.
  5. Pet Rock Photo Holder - Turn an ordinary rock into a pet rock and add a wire to hold a photo!
  6. Book Hedgehog - Turn an old book into a hedgehog!
  7. Teen Book Bingo - Complete this fun reading challenge and return it by the end of the Summer Reading Program. All completed and returned Bingo cards will be put into a drawing for a prize.
  8. Puzzle Pack - Take a break with these fun puzzles!

Book Reviews

Log into your Beanstack account in order to log book reviews. In the top left-hand corner of your screen is a white button that says Add a Review.

There are two types of reviews you can post: a book review or a picture review.

Read a book you want to share your thoughts on? Write a book review to be posted on our landing (home) page!

Want to share something from your Teen Activities? Snap a picture and post a picture review!

Logging Minutes Read

Keep track of minutes read and log your time in your Beanstack account! By logging your time, Beanstack will keep a running total of minutes read and for every 60 minutes, your teen will earn virtual tickets to be entered into the prize drawings!

To record your time, log into your Beanstack account and in the top left-hand corner of your screen is a pink button that says Log Reading and Activities.

You can also include reviews from this screen.

What is the offline option?

The offline version of the 2021 Summer Reading Program is all done on paper! Call your local library to get registered and pick up a one-page reading and activity tracker!

Trackers are available for all ages and contain the same information as the online version through Beanstack. You must also register for a Grab-n-Go bag for each child to receive the supplies for each weekly activity; registering for the offline version of the program does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go bag.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program, be sure to turn in your activity tracker no later than July 21st in order to be eligible for a completion prize!


Summer Reading for Adults
Tails & Tales 2021!

  • Adults ages 18+ can participate in the Adult Summer Reading Program!
  • You can participate online through Beanstack, the Beanstack app, or offline!
  • By logging minutes read and completing challenges, your will earn badges to receive a completion prize pack!

What is Beanstack and how do I register?

Beanstack is the world's easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you're instantly connected to all of PCDL's reading programs, so you'll get credit for every minute, book, and page read!

Beanstack keeps all of your stats and will cheer you on as you work toward your reading goals, as well as let you know when you've earned prizes! When the library program ends, you keep your account and your reading history! It's always free and you can continue logging your leisure reading! When the next PCDL reading challenge comes around, there is no need to sign up again — just click on the challenge and you'll automatically be registered!

Each member of your family can be registered with individual accounts or a family account with separate profiles. Choose which ever option is best for you and your family!

Registration is easy! Just go to the the PCDL Beanstack website and register! If you have questions regarding the registration process, you can check out this step-by-step guide or you can call the library at 740-342-4194.

Summer Reading Programs

Adult Activities

All materials for the Adult Activities will be included in your Grab & Go Kit!

  1. Paper Cranes Project - Create your own paper cranes and learn about the Paper Cranes Project.
  2. DIY Pet Toys - Make your very own pet toy! Keep it for your furry friend or donate it to your local shelter.
  3. Blackout Poetry - Create your own poetry using old book pages.
  4. DIY Bird Feeders - Create a birdfeeder.
  5. Pet Rock Photo Holder - Turn an ordinary rock into a pet rock and add a wire to hold a photo!
  6. Book Hedgehog - Turn an old book into a hedgehog!

What's it Worth? Virtual Antiquing and Appraisal Event

Join us for What's It Worth? Antiques Road Show with author, auctioneer, appraiser, and radio show host, Mike Ivankovich!

Mike will introduce you to "what determines value" and reveal what your antiques, collectibles, and personal treasures are really worth today! Throughout the appraising process and the program, Mike will be sharing many buying and selling tips and strategies.

The first 25 people to register for this program will be able to have one (1) personal item appraised virtually by Mike! Because he can't see the items in person, Mike will ask questions about the item such as markings, conditions, etc. Please have one back-up item to be appraised, should he be unable to appraise your primary item.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation via email. Call the library with any questions. (Multi-person households only need to register once).

Registration opens May 24, 2021. To register for this event visit: What's It Worth Registration

Virtual Local Author Talk with Jerry Roth

Join us for a virtual Zoom discussion with local author, Jerry Roth, author of Bottom Feeders.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation via email. Call the library with any questions. (Multi-person households only need to register once).

Registration opens May 24, 2021. To register for this event visit: Jerry Roth Author Talk Registration

Copies of Bottom Feeders can be checked out at any PCDL location. The book's blurb is below:

Would you recognize the Devil if you met him?

A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to feel a supernatural connection in a prison. After discovering a diary, Robert learns a prisoner, rumored to be the Devil, was hidden away under his feet. Was this prisoner responsible for a fire that killed hundreds of prisoners? Did he play a part in the murder of a local family years earlier? Robert must learn the prisoner’s true identity and unravel why he hasn’t aged in decades?

Surviving a relationship with an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Deville is dealing with the pain of her past. Noticing a sudden change in her son’s behavior, and his horrifying drawings of murders, no child should ever witness, she must discover the cause. As local children mysteriously disappear, there is little time to prove who the killer really is.

Book Reviews

Log into your Beanstack account in order to log book reviews. In the top left-hand corner of your screen is a white button that says Add a Review.

There are two types of reviews you can post: a book review or a picture review.

Read a book you want to share your thoughts on? Write a book review to be posted on our landing (home) page!

Want to share something from your Adult Activities? Snap a picture and post a picture review!

Logging Minutes Read

Keep track of minutes read and log your time in your Beanstack account! By logging your time, Beanstack will keep a running total of minutes read and for every 60 minutes, you will earn virtual tickets to be entered into the prize drawings!

To record your time, log into your Beanstack account and in the top left-hand corner of your screen is a pink button that says Log Reading and Activities.

You can also include reviews from this screen.

What is the offline option?

The offline version of the 2021 Summer Reading Program is all done on paper! Call your local library to get registered and pick up a one-page reading and activity tracker!

Trackers are available for all ages and contain the same information as the online version through Beanstack. You must also register for a Grab-n-Go bag for each child to receive the supplies for each weekly activity; registering for the offline version of the program does not automatically register you for a Grab-n-Go bag.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program, be sure to turn in your activity tracker no later than July 21st in order to be eligible for a completion prize!