Soddy-Daisy Community Library Announces Summer Reading Program and Literacy Festival


This Sunday, the Soddy-Daisy Community Library and the KELCURT Foundation will release the SDCL 2022 Summer Reading Recommendation Lists and, with co-sponsor, the Tennessee Valley Authority, announce the WILD Summer of Reading program.

This program is open to all ages in different categories: Pre-K – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, 6th – 8th, 9th – 12th and Adult. This program is open to anyone residing in or near Hamilton County, TN.

Participants must read a set number of books of their choice, at grade level or above, and complete a summer reading diary. The requirements are different for each category. Once completed, logs can be returned to SDCL between July 18 and August 5, 2022.

For completing the diary, attendees will receive a free WILD Summer of Reading t-shirt. T-shirts can be picked up at the library from August 19 to 26, 2021. Once the t-shirts are picked up, three dates will be scheduled for dyeing the t-shirts.

The reviews will be available from May 27, 2021 on the SDCL Facebook page and on in jpg format as well as a Google Doc.

This is the third year SDCL has offered recommendations and a summer reading program. A new element of the 2022 program is the WILD Summer of Authors. 11 authors ranging from children’s picture book authors to adult mystery/thriller authors will speak at SDCL in June and July. WILD Summer of Authors is supported in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program will culminate on Saturday August 20, 2021 with the WILD Night of Literacy and Movie in the Park. This event is free and open to everyone. You are not required to participate in the WILD Summer Reading Program to attend this event. Further details are to be announced.

2022 SDCL WILD Summer of Authors

Wed, June 8, 6:30 p.m. – Lisa Regan (virtual event at SDCL)

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series as well as several other mystery novel titles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, Crime Writers Association and Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, daughter and a Boston terrier named Mr. Phillip.

Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. – Jessica Young (virtual event at SDCL)

Jessica is the author of the award-winning book My blue is happy (Candlewick Press, 2013), I will meet you in your dreams (Little, Brown, 2021), the Haggis and Tank unleashed series of books on the first chapters (Scholastic Branches, 2016), the fairy friends early reader series (Scholastic Acorn, 2020), A wish is a seed (Creative Editions, 2020), the Finley Flowers series of chapters (Capstone Young Readers, 2015) and Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2015). She will focus her discussion on her series of first readers, as well as activities.

Wed, Jun 14, 12n – Greg Funderburg

Greg will be reading his new children’s book Jeremiah’s New Beginning (released March 2022) during our weekly story hour. Since July 2013, WTVC Newschannel 9 morning/noon anchor Greg Funderburg has been helping Chattanooga viewers start their day. And in that time, he became a favorite of viewers due to his dynamic personality and lively approach to storytelling. He was voted Top TV Personality by Chattanooga Times Free Press readers, as well as Top TV Personality in the 2021 Chattanooga Business Elite Black Excellence Awards.

Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m. – Kiersten Modglin

Kiersten Modglin is one of Amazon’s Top 30 Psychological Thriller Writers, a member of International Thriller Writers, Novelists, Inc. and the Alliance of Independent Authors. Kiersten is a KDP Select All-Star, recipient of ThrillerFix’s Best Psychological Thriller award and Suspense magazine’s Best Book of 2021 award.

Wed, Jun 29, 12n – Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Rita Hubbard will read her award-winning children’s books The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Readand Hammer for Freedom: The William Lewis Story during our weekly story hour. She is also the author of the adult book African Americans of Chattanooga: A Story of Unsung Heroeswhich she will talk about after story time around 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m. – John V. Suter

John V. Suter will talk about his college adventure novels, Brett Wilson and Coronado’s Door, and Brett Wilson and De Soto’s Cross. In addition to being an author, he is a middle and high school science teacher in Sale Creek and tends a 34-acre farm with his family in Sale Creek, Tennessee.

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m. – Poetry Jam!

Featured local poets are: KB Ballentine, Christian J. Collier, Kelly Hanwright

Wed July 20, 5pm – Debbie Dadey

Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 162 children’s books, including Simon and Schuster’s Mermaid Tales series and Scholastic’s beloved Adventures of The Bailey School Kids. Ms. Dadey is a former teacher and librarian.

Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Kristin Tubb will be joining us for our Young Readers Book Club meeting, but everyone is welcome to come and learn about this amazing author and person! In addition to discussing her books, she will present a writing workshop for children in grades 4 to 7. She has authored 10 books for intermediate readers and has won several awards for her books, including the Volunteer State Book Award and the Georgia Children’s Book Award for A dog like Daisy.

The KELCURT Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit organization and relies solely on the support of our patrons and community, receiving no taxes.


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