Summer Reading 2021

Opportunities for Teens, ages 11-18.

Note: The Warren Public Library is without a Teen Librarian as we start the summer. Children’s Librarian Susan Slater is overseeing the following for now. Please refer any questions to Ms. Susan.


Reading Component

  • Click here to download a paper reading log!
  • Want to track your reading online? Try Reader Zone, which can be accessed via the Reader Zone website and app on your smartphone. Join with the code: 1f892.
  • Mark down titles you read this summer. There is no maximum or minimum. All formats count: e-books, e-audio books, regular books, nonfiction books, audio books on CD, graphic novels.
  • Turn your reading log in by August 9, 2021 to the Children’s Department or the Main Desk and your name will be entered into a random drawing for a Walmart Gift card. Users of Reader Zone will receive an email with instructions by mid-July.
  • Prizes: Four winners will each receive a $25 card; one winner will receive a $50 card. We can make a copy of your reading log if you ask. If you need more room staple another sheet to your reading log.
  • Winners will be notified August 10.


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 is available for PDF download here or pick one up outside the Children’s Room; 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 a rock 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 youngster’s name and age, parent’s name and parent’s phone number. On July 1 participant names will be 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. Starting June 7, Library Scavenger Hunt forms may be picked up in the Children’s Department or downloaded from the library’s website on the Children’s Programs page. 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.

Still to come: This summer we welcome intern Rachel Beach. Rachel starts her internship mid-June. She will come up with several outdoor programs for teens; most likely these programs will be in July. These will be announced once the details are worked out.




Impress all crewmates and imposters this chilly winter season by grabbing a take-home kit in the vestibule of the library during contactless pickup hours and making your own handwarmer!

*NOTE: If you are using your own materials, remember to prevent the risk of fire and use only 100% NATURAL materials (no synthetic, acrylic, plastic, nylon, polyester, etc.)!                                                                              [Synthetics are sus]

Click on the thumbnail to the left to see a FANTASTIC video created by our friend Melissa at Meriden Public Library in Connecticut, or go here!

To download the instructions, click here: DIY Among Us Handwarmers


These mythological creations are relaxing, easy to make, and gorgeous!

Click on the thumbnail to the left, or go here.

To download the instructions, click here: DIY DRAGON EGGS


Follow along as we go through the simple process of making dream catchers from paper doilies, embroidery yarn and rings, fabric scraps, and card stock!

Click on the thumbnail to the left, or go here.

To download the instructions, click here: DIY Dreamcatchers