St. Charles Parish Library kicks off summer reading

Assistant Director Lauren Pitz and her daughter Samantha will read a dinosaur poem and share dinosaur facts each week on the library’s Facebook page as one of the library’s virtual Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program offerings.

In-person events for all ages and twice weekly outdoor story time are just two of the offerings of the St. Charles Parish Library’s 2021 summer reading program.

This year’s program theme is Tails and Tales, and Library Assistant Director Lauren Campo Pitz said there will be plenty of animal-related fun all summer.

“All of our branches have really embraced the theme, and we really think when people come in and they see how we’ve transformed the libraries it’ll make them happy,” she said.

Because decisions regarding summer reading program performers have to be made months ahead of time, Pitz said that some performers who would typically draw in a larger crowd will be offered virtually.

But as far as crafts and some speakers go, the library branches’ doors will be open and employees are ready for in-person summer program fun.

“People will have to register so we can keep the numbers down and make sure we have enough supplies for everyone,” she said, adding that the library system’s employees are thrilled to be able to offer in-person programming this year after the pandemic forced everything to be done virtually last year.

“It feels amazing,” she said of planning and executing this year’s in-person programming. “It really feels great for all of us to know that people will be coming in and coming in for events and coming in to check things out … it feels like one more step a little closer to normal. We are excited … we’re super happy to see more people in this summer.”

Masks will be required for everyone 3 and older at all indoor events, and the library branches will still offer Programs To Go – crafts or activities for children, teens and adults that can be picked up from the library and completed at home – every other week.

Pitz said readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for the reading program, and that prizes will be awarded to readers who complete 360 minutes of reading. Grand prizes will also be given out.

For information on how to register for summer reading or to view an online event calendar to register for events, visit


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