Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater     814 723-4650
Children’s Room Assistant: Kelley Wood

   Please visit our Children’s Story Time Videos page, where you can view this summer’s Reading Road Trip episodes and the ABC Read with Me with Ms. Susan recordings.  

 Tails and Tales 

Children’s 2021 Summer Quest Program Schedule

  Reading Component: Children keep track of books read over the summer and return their book logs for prizes.

  • Registration begins in the Children’s Department Monday, June 7, 2021.
  • We want the children to read for pleasure, so we do not expect a specific number of books to be read.
  • Children will receive prizes for reading whether they read five books, twenty books, fifty books or one hundred books.
  • All formats count: e-books, audio books, chapter books, picture books, nonfiction books, comic books, graphic novels, etc.
  • Younger children can participate because parents can record books read to their tiny tots.
  • Two ways to keep track of books: Parents/children can pick up Tails and Tales book logs by registering at the Children’s Department staff desk starting June 7. If no one is available, please go to the Circulation desk where someone can register your child and give you a book log. Parents who prefer the online method may use Reader Zone (, which can be accessed via the Reader Zone website, or put a Reader Zone app on their smartphones. Join with the code: 1f892.
  • Prizes: Children can turn in their paper Reading Logs between the dates of July 19 through August 9, 2021. We will not keep the logs; we just want to record the information for statistical purposes. Children will receive Reading Certificates and choose a book to keep and a toy-type prize. (As long as this is in accordance with CDC guidelines, this is the plan for now.) Those who use Reader Zone will receive email instructions via Reader Zone in regards to prizes.

Outdoor Programs: (social distancing and masks required, no exceptions)                                           

Lawn Tales: Mondays, 1:00 p.m., outside, Market Street side. Listen to tales and move your tails to songs or exercises. Take-home crafts available at the end of the program while supplies last. We are at the mercy of the weather. If the weather does not cooperate we cannot move it indoors, but people can still pick up the take-home crafts. Masks are mandatory for all participants, adults and children; no exceptions. Social distancing of six feet is also mandatory. Bring your own towel for children to sit on. Towels must be six feet apart. Note: if your child is not able to sit in one spot (toddles about) please reconsider attending. Sorry, but we are not allowed to let the children mingle. Dates: June 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26; August 2.                     

Dinosaur Egg Hunt:  Wednesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. Outside, Market Street side. Preregistration mandatory, attendance limited, ages 3-10. This program starts with a dinosaur story and ends with the egg hunt. All participants will receive dinosaur goodie bags and the opportunity to locate a specific amount of eggs so every child will go home with the same amount of dinosaur eggs. Children who find the eggs with a gold or silver ticket will receive a special prize.  Phone 814 723-4650 x126 to register or stop by the Children’s Department staff desk. Registration starts July 1, and runs until full or until noon on July 19, whichever happens first.   

Caps for Sale Story Walk: Monday, July 19 – Saturday, July 24, 2021. Families and children can complete this story walk at their leisure during the listed dates. Participants can pick up a *Caps for Sale Story Walk packet with directions and activity sheets from the Warren Public Library Children’s Department or download one from the Children’s Programs page on our website (available starting July 1). Certain businesses along Second Avenue and Liberty Street will post pages from Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina book in their windows. Starting at Gaughn’s Drug Store, participants will read the story in progression as they walk along Second Ave. and then up and down both sides of Liberty. Participating businesses will be noted in the packet. *The Story Walk packets will be available starting July 1, are to be completed between July 19-24, and due into the Warren Library by July 30th. Those who turn in the “Submission Form” from their packet by the due date will have their names entered into a drawing. Twelve names will be randomly drawn and winners notified on August 2. Each of the twelve winners will receive a gift bag. Gift bags will include an array of prizes including a t-shirt, a copy of one of the Caps for Sale stories, a stuffed monkey, a colorful beret and some other tidbits.                                               

Recorded and Virtual Programs:

 Savannah Safari: Enjoy a story time adventure each week with Savannah Safari as she brings some animal tales to life and introduces you to her friends from the grasslands. So grab your safari hat, have a seat and enjoy each adventure. Contest: Young viewers who watch each of her recordings might win a prize from Savannah by filling out a Savannah Safari Contest form, which are available in the Children’s Department across from the staff desk or download here: 2021 Savannah Safari Contest. Contest forms are due back in the Children’s Department by August 9; winners notified on August 10. Two children will each win an Outdoor Adventure gift basket filled with a variety of great toys and books. Dates: Recordings will be posted to Warren Public Library’s Facebook page on Tuesdays starting June 15 through August 3, 2021.

Where in the World is Ms. Kelley? Ms. Kelley will share tales from a variety of outdoor locations. Based on her surroundings, see if you can guess where she is. She will tell you about her previous location during her next recording. Dates: Recordings will be posted to Warren Public Library’s Facebook page on Thursdays starting June 17 through August 5, 2021.

Dinosaurs Rock: Tuesday, June 29, 11:00 a.m. Join Dinosaurs Rock Studios and Studio Expert for a 40-minute virtual Jurassic journey. Learn about dinosaur eggs, footprints, claws, teeth and more during this fascinating, fun and interactive virtual show with museum-quality life-size dinosaur and fossil specimens as the backdrop. Participants will receive REAL fossils (details given upon registration) a 12-page Fossil ID Guide and some other fun dinosaur tidbits after the show. Check out for more information. Limited virtual attendance. Register by emailing Children’s Librarian Susan Slater at Ms. Susan will respond with the Zoom link and a link to the 12-page Fossil Guide if you choose to download it before the program. Otherwise, you will receive a copy of the Fossil Guide along with the REAL fossils after the program.  

The Reading Road Trip: Beginning June 15, we will be providing more fun with Joey Hamilton, aka Checkers, with his Library TV weekly half-hour television style show aimed at providing entertainment for children and illustrating the benefits of reading in a fun and exciting way. You can find a new episode posted each week starting June 15 on Warren Public Library’s Facebook page and the Children’s Story Time Videos page link, which can be found at the top of this page. This summer, Checkers and his vacuum robot sidekick Snoozer head off on a reading road trip where they will explore the vast world of animals and visit a new animal habitat each week. The 12-episode series will feature many unique animal environments, interviews with animal experts, and a *new animal craft each week plus many more exciting features that will keep kids on the edge of their seats. Along the way, episodes will feature summer health tips from Dr. Dan, crafts and activities with Mrs. Hamilton, book recommendations, science experiments and much more. *Copies of the animal craft for each week available on a table outside of the Children’s Department while supplies last. Watch a short Reading Road Trip Teaser: 



  DIY Activities:                                 

 Tails and Tales Creative Writing Contest:  Ages six to eighteen (6-18). Can you make up a good story where an animal is one of the main characters? Create a story about an animal, any genre: fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, etc.  Pick up a Tails and Tales Creative Writing Entry Form for details. Entry forms are available in the Children’s Department or download one here:Tails and Tales Creative Writing Contest; turn your story into the Children’s Department along with the Writer Information Page by July 26, 2021. Entries will be judged by age categories (6-8; 9-12; 13-18) and winners will be notified on August 2, 2021. One winner in each age category will win a $25 Dairy Queen Gift card.

Tails and Tales Rock Garden: Ages three – eighteen (3-18). If you walk around town you have probably noticed that people are still painting really cool rocks and leaving them all over the county. We would like to have a Rock Garden of our own at the Warren Library this summer. Please help us by painting and submitting some rocks for our Rock Garden, which will be located just outside of the library doors facing the parking lot. Youngsters ages three to eighteen are welcome to submit one rock. Participants will have their names entered into a random drawing; four winners will each receive a $25 Dairy Queen Gift card. Drop painted rocks off (along with entry slip) to the Children’s Department between June 1 and June 30. Please include a slip of paper that includes child’s name and age, parent’s name and parent’s phone number. On July 1 participant names will pulled at a random drawing and winners will be contacted. Rocks will be on display outside as we receive them and remain there until August 7. Participants can pick up their rock if they wish starting August 8, or just leave them. NOTE: We cannot guarantee rocks will remain since they are on display outside, but we will post a note in the garden “Tales and Tails Rock Garden. Please do not take rocks”.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunts: Ages two to twelve (2-12).  After this past year I think we can all appreciate activities that encourage fresh air and exercise. Children/families can pick up an Egg Carton Scavenger Hunt from the Children’s Department starting June 7 (while supplies last); one egg carton per child. Choose from three scavenger hunts: object hunt, color hunt, or a texture & shape hunt. All of these hunts involve finding things in nature. However, you can use objects that you found outside, but are not “nature made” if you are having difficulty finding something to match a description. Directions will be attached to the egg cartons. Those who complete their hunt and send a photo to me of their completed egg carton will have their names placed in a random drawing for a $25 Walmart gift card; four winners will each receive a gift card. Photos may be sent to Susan Slater at, or do it the old fashioned way and bring in a photo of your egg carton and leave it at the Children’s Room staff desk for Ms. Susan. Be sure to include child’s name, age, parent’s name and phone number with submission whether it be an email submission or a photo dropped off at the staff desk. Submissions due by August 2, 2021. Random drawing and winners notified on August 3, 2021.

Library Scavenger Hunt:  Ages six to eighteen (6-18). This scavenger hunt, provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), requires spending some time inside the library to find books or information to answer the nine questions listed on this hunt. Library Scavenger Hunt forms may be picked up in the Children’s Department or download one here: Library Scavenger Hunt. If you turn your Library Scavenger Hunt into the Children’s Department by August 2, 2021, your name will be entered into a random drawing; two winners will each receive a $25 Walmart gift card. Winners will be notified on August 3, 2021.

  Available All Year:                                                                     

ABC Read with Me: Ms. Susan completed a recording for each letter of the alphabet from September 2020 through April 2021. Recordings can be viewed on the Warren Public Library’s Facebook page and on our website via the Children’s Story Times Video page (link on top of page). Each recording focuses on a different letter of the alphabet. Crafts and coloring pages mentioned in the video have already been passed out, but you can still view the videos.   

1000 Books Before Kindergarten:Help put your child on the right track for kindergarten and build a solid foundation for academic success by reading early and often to your young children. The Warren Library is providing the opportunity to participate in this popular program open for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Information about this program and reading logs can be found on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page here.  When visiting the library, information and  a reading log for the first 100 books can be found on the semi-circle in the Children’s Department. Those who prefer an online method may keep track at Reader Zone. Register on their website using the program code fc392. Like apps? Download the Reader Zone app from Google Play, the App Store or Amazon by searching for “Reader Zone”; be sure to use program code fc392.

Portions of these programs are possible due to the generous contributions made at our annual Midwinter FUNdraiser.