Cumberland County Public Library

Summer Reading 2021

2021 Summer Reading Program

Cumberland County Public Library is proud to present their 2021 Summer Reading Program Tails and Tales. The program will run from June 7 to August 28 with various activities occurring primarily on Mondays and Saturdays.

The library will be utilizing the Beanstack Tracker app (available for computers and mobile devices) to keep track of all reading as well as the selection of all program prize winners. Individuals may keep track of their own reading (or their family’s reading) using Beanstack or can bring the reading program’s log sheets in to have the reading time entered into the program by the library staff. However, it is up to the individuals to enter their earned tickets into the various drawings for prizes or to tell staff where they want their tickets deposited. For more information on Beanstack and how to install it on your device, click here.

With social distancing needs, this year’s Summer Reading Program will be broken into two parts on Monday nights. At 5:30 and again around 6:15 PM, there will be a broadcast of Checkers Library TV’s The Reading Road Trip. Each weekly episode will focus on a specific habitat and the animals that can be found there with one animal generally highlighted in particular. Included in the episode will be talks with animal specialists, book reviews, a craft time, and other neat features. Crafts presented during the broadcast will be available to take home to complete.

While one group is watching the broadcast, everyone else should visit any stations that are available, which could include checking out new books, getting help with Beanstack, picking up or turning in weekly log sheets, speaking with any visiting guests, and/or completing an activity. Participants can visit each activity station once per week. In addition, those turning in reading logs for the week will get to spin the wheel for prizes. Individuals using Beanstack to track reading should talk to staff members about their weekly reading in order to spin the prize wheel. The prize wheel is only available on Mondays for participants of the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge program.

Those present when the first The Reading Road Trip showing is set to start will begin there (until the meeting room is full). When the first showing finishes, the group in the meeting room should exit quickly to allow the next group to enter. Participants will enter the meeting room through the hallway with the bathrooms and exit the room using the door to the foyer/exit door. The group that viewed the showing will now have time to check out the available stations. With the library closing at 7 PM, all participants should have already visited the stations before attending the 6:15 PM showing.


Rotation A

Rotation B

5:30 – 6:15 PM

Checkers’ Reading Road Trip

Visit stations

6:15 – 7:00 PM

Visit stations

Checkers’ Reading Road Trip

The weekly episodes of The Reading Road Trip will be posted here for those who cannot attend on Mondays along with a link to the crafts that were included. Previous episodes can also be found there and watched as well.

Summer Schedule of Events:

(All regular sessions of the 2021 Summer Reading Program will begin at 5:30 PM on the listed Mondays.)


7 – Program Registration & Week 1 of The Reading Road Trip

14 – Week 2 of The Reading Road Trip

21 – Week 3 of The Reading Road Trip

26 – Family Movie Night (Saturday, 8:30 PM) – Charlotte’s Web

28 – Week 4 of The Reading Road Trip


5 – Week 5 of The Reading Road Trip

12 – Week 6 of The Reading Road Trip

19 – Week 7 of The Reading Road Trip

24 – Family Movie Night (Saturday, 8:30 PM) – The Secret of NIMH

26 – Week 8 of The Reading Road Trip


2 – Week 9 of The Reading Road Trip

9 – Week 10 of The Reading Road Trip

16 – Week 11 of The Reading Road Trip

23 – Finale & Week 12 of The Reading Road Trip (begins at 5:00 PM)

28 – Family Movie Night (Saturday, 8:30 PM) – Wonder Park


For more information about the 2021 program, drop by the library or call at (804) 492-5807.

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