Tails and Tales: The Library’s Summer Reading Program Continues This Month


The Nelson County Public Library maintains children’s engagement with its Summer reading program. Tails and Tales, this year’s theme, started in June and will run until the end of this month.

The summer program encourages children, teens and adults to read and offers a journal of summer reading challenges to complete. Reading journal tasks for kids might include spending half an hour a day reading, reading a book on a certain topic, or reading a book about their favorite animal.

“You can choose what you want to do,” said Rachael Harris, head of children’s programming, explaining that the challenge list is set up like a bingo card that can be checked off. Children can win prizes based on the number of tasks they complete.

“Our goal with our summer reading this year was to really support the locals, to support Nelson County, so a lot of our awards will come from places around town,” added Laci DeRossett, Programming Manager for adults from the library, who partnered with Harris. and Holly Lawrence, Young Adult Services Leader, for this year’s summer initiative. Executives presented a preview of the summer reading program in a June 1 video on the library’s Facebook page.

Teen participants will have a similar challenge journal to complete and adults will have a simpler challenge sheet. Challenge logs can be picked up at any of the library’s three branches and must be completed and returned by August 31st.

In addition to the individual challenges, the library is also hosting a series of events over the next few weeks that match this year’s animal theme.

This week’s events (July 5-10) include:

Wednesday – 11 a.m. Story time in the kindergarten at the main branch

Wednesday – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teen night at Bardstown Community Park

Thursday – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Family Story Time at the New Haven Pool

Saturday – 11 a.m. Llammies and Jammies at the main branch (pajamas welcome)

The Library will host a family picnic and storytelling event from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 12 at the main branch and a Harry Potter birthday party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Fresh Coffee, Pastries & More on North Third Street on July 31. among other events.

For teens, there will be a board game night at Fresh on July 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Ghost Cat Game Lounge will provide the games for this event. There will also be an online “Game and Hang” for teens on July 15th. This virtual event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Discord, a communication platform. Registration is required and will be accompanied by a free play code for the cooperative survival game “Don’t Starve Together”.

Reservations are required for most events and places are limited. To view event details and reserve a seat, visit ncplky.org. Additional information and updates are also available on the Nelson County Public Library Facebook page.

As the library returns to normal after COVID-19, DeRossett said more of his programs were gradually being reinstated, such as fitness programs and yoga groups.

“Registration is very important for many of these programs,” she said, adding that the library needs to be prepared for capacity restrictions.

A monthly calendar of events is also available on the website. The main branch is located at 201 Cathedral Manor in Bardstown and can be reached at (502) 348-3714.


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