Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program

May 28, 2021 – July 31, 2021

Sign up to start tracking your progress and earn a custom-designed cooler bag or pint glass to beat the heat this summer.

How it works:

  • Register for the Adult Summer Reading Program online or in person at the library beginning May 28th. Then visit any branch to pick up a registration prize.
  • Complete any combination of 5 activities listed here between June 1st and July 31st: read 5 books, listen to 5 audiobooks, participate in 5 programs or take-home kits at the library.
  • Enter your 5 activities on our online form or bring your completed form to enter at the library, then choose your prize. One prize per patron.

June 2021 Programs

Special Programs

Thai Seafood Curry Spice Kits: All month long

This Summer, Bartow County Library System, will be giving out a different free spice kit each month. The kits will include a recipe, a blend of spices needed for the recipe, and a bit of cultural and historical information on the recipes! Taste and learn something new this season with your library! Spice take-home kits will be available throughout the month of June while supplies last at all locations.

June: Thai Seafood Curry

DIY Doggie Foot Balm Take-Home Kits
Monday, June 7th – Saturday, June 12th (while supplies last)

Stop by any of our branches to pick up a doggie paw balm for your dogs this June! With the summer weather, making sure your pets paw’s stay hydrated helps to alleviate possible damage done by hot concrete and asphalt. This take-home kit has all the ingredients necessary to make an amazing edible (or lickable) balm for that four-legged friend of yours!

Juneteenth: Freedom Day Display
At the Cartersville Library,  June 14 through June 19, 2021

Juneteenth is a time for celebration of freedom, and it’s also a time for learning and reflecting. The library represents a community center for learning, a place for important conversations about the history of race in America, and ideally, a space for racial healing. The goal of the display is to provide a platform for Black voices in our community, of all ages and times in our local history.
We have encouraged the community to submit work of all mediums, including written word and visual art by all ages, photography, old family photos, recipes, and more. The central theme of the display is: “What does Juneteenth, freedom, or community mean to you?”
In addition to the submissions, we have added historical and current photos and information on local history, people, and places.
Over the past year we have been working to update and enrich our collection of books by Black novelists, politicians, and activists, and many of these titles will be highlighted during the display, in addition to books on Juneteenth itself. It’s a great opportunity for our community to see the wealth of materials we have by Black authors, all in one place.
We hope you will come out and see the display this week!

Elephant Ears Cooking Video
Friday, June 18th at 11 am

Here’s an easy recipe on how to make Elephant Ears! Get the love and smell of the ears from the county fair right in your own kitchen! A pre-recorded video will be posted on June 18th on Facebook at 11 a.m.

Georgia Mountain Falconry: Raptor Program
Saturday, June 19th at 1 pm

Spend the afternoon at the library for a special all-ages program from Georgia Mountain Falconry! The little ones (9 & under) and adults alike will enjoy seeing hawks, falcons, and owls, and hearing a brief description of each in the beginning of the program. In the latter half, GA Mountain Falconry will give a multimedia presentation geared toward all other ages (3rd graders to adults) on falconry, the hunting of wild game with a trained bird of prey!
“Falconry is an art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill.” (PBS, 2000)

DIY Lotion Bars: Take-Home Spa Kits
Monday, June 21st – Saturday, June 26th (while supplies last)

Have you ever tried lotion bars? Do you fancy treating yourself a little at home? Learn how to make DIY lotion bars that are full of natural ingredients and great for your skin! You can spice these bars up a bit by adding essential oils, or even dried herbs if you wanted to, or just as easily leave them plain and simple.

Crafternoon: Repurposed Plastic Animals
Tuesday, June 22nd from 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a fun-filled Crafternoon making interesting wearables and household items out of simple plastic animals! We’ll provide tools, paints, hardware, and inspiration. Just bring yourself and plenty of creativity! This program is intended for adults, as we will be working with sharp and hot tools to repurpose the plastic animals. Families are welcome, but unaccompanied children are not permitted.

The Rabbit Effect with Kelli Harding
Thursday, June 24th from 6 pm – 7 pm

Bartow County Libraries are excited to welcome Dr. Kelli Harding, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University & author of The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness. Dr. Harding will join us for a live webinar that blends engaging storytelling with fascinating scientific evidence. Her goal is to inspire kindness, connection, and community. We will have a special prize drawing at the end of the event, and copies of Dr. Harding’s book will be available for purchase!

4th of July Party Poppers: Take-Home Kits
Monday, June 28th – Saturday, July 3rd

Stop by any of our branches to pick up a 4th of July party popper! We will have take-home kits while supply lasts. These poppers are simple to make and will be lots of fun in preparation for the holiday. Each kit includes the tube, decorative paper, a balloon, and confetti. We hope you have an amazing holiday!

Regular Programs

Brown Bag Mystery Chat
2nd Mon. of every month 12:30 pm -1:30 pm. Zoom meeting.

Book Chat
3rd Mon. of every month 6:00 pm -7:30 pm. Zoom meeting.

Mindful Meditation Discussion and Practice
Saturdays from  10:30 am- 12 pm.

We invite you to join us as we come together to explore mindful meditation. Classes are led by experienced mindfulness meditation leaders who volunteer their time, and each bring their own style of sharing and unique perspective to the group. Open to all. No cost. No experience necessary.

Monthly Hand Spinners Meet-up
Saturday, June 5th from  1 pm- 4:45 pm.

If you have a passion for hand spinning and weaving, stop by our monthly Hand Spinners Meet-up. Spend time with others who share the same passion for this ancient textile art!

Sit ‘N’ Stitch
Friday, June 11th & Friday, June 25th from 10 am – 12 pm

Needlecrafters of all kinds are encouraged to stop in for this group co-hosted with the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild. Bring your quilting, applique, embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, or beading projects to work on and for “show and tell.”  2nd and 4th Friday of each month.

Bring your projects with you for “show and tell.” We look forward to seeing you!

Mexican Train Dominoes
Thursday, June 3rd at 2 pm & Tuesday, June 15th at 10 am 

Have fun playing Mexican Train Dominoes at the library. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! Adults only.

Monday, June 14th & Thursday, June 24th at 2 pm

Have a great time playing Bingo at the library. Free! Fun! Prizes! Game play is for adults only.

Dungeons & Dragons for Adults
Saturday, June 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th from 10 am – 4 pm

Dungeons and Dragons for Adults, hosted by Finley Petron, is returning to the library this June! Join us for heroic adventures and perilous journeys through fantasy lands. Design your character, fight mythical beasts, and complete epic quests with your party in one of the most-loved tabletop RPGs in history.

Beginners and experienced players are welcome!
21+ only please.
Please contact Finley to insure there is space in the group prior to attending for the first time: finleypetron@gmail.com.