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West Jordan Journal

Tails & Tales Challenge at the County Library June 1–July 31

Jul 12, 2021 03:12PM ● By Linda Steele

By Linda Steele l [email protected]

Reading Challenge

The Tails &Tales Summer Reading Challenge is part of a nationwide effort that encourages preschoolers, school-age children, teens and adults to read over the summer and connect with family, friends and community. Preschoolers will be talking and singing; school-age children, teens and adults will read novels. “Children and families are encouraged to read and connect with friends, family and connect with the community,” Sara Neal, marketing manager, said.

Reading Record

By filling out a reading record, you get a free book. Children will get picture book; teens and adults will get a novel. You can start to participate by filling out a reading record card at the library, or go online and create an account at You can read, create, learn, play and connect. All ages can track their reading online and participate in fun challenges. Once you finish your Reading Record and return it to your county library branch, you will receive:

*A book of your choice

*Entry into a drawing 

*A coupon sheet for local attractions

Creative Activities

There are creative activities every week. If you feel like being crafty, there is a Grab-and-Go Kit. Every week, the kit focuses on different crafts to make. “Creative activities help children grow, it is very rewarding as well as helping the community and those in need,” Neal said.

You can receive a Bingo card and keep the summer fun going. Each Bingo earns you an entry into a prize drawing. A Bingo Blackout will earn you a prize as well. Once you complete all the activities on your card, you will receive free book while supply lasts. You can get a Bingo card at your local branch, or you can print one from home.


Why participate? Participating in Tails and Tales this summer will keep you entertained and create art crafts. You can learn, play and win prizes and discounted activities. Reading will benefit everyone. Reading over the summer increases test scores. You can earn prizes with your family and friends. It is a great way to stay connected with friends, family and the environment. Achieving your reading goals will give you a sense of accomplishment.]

West Jordan Library Branch Manager Vern Waters is excited about this reading program because it helps students in their education. The program includes making crafts, drawing, writing, sculpting, gardening and baking. 

“Children and young adults who participate in summer reading programs do not lose the traction with their education while school is not in session,” Waters said. “Educators call it the summer slide. Studies have shown that those who participate or complete the program have better retention for what they are learning in class. Play is very important. Healthy activities bring you joy inside, outside.”

The librarians are so helpful. They can help you get started on your summer fun reading program. 

“The summer Tails and Tales reading program is so beneficial for everyone,” Paula Burgon said. 

“It is so much fun to be creative and make projects,” Andrea Wilkinson said. 

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place June 1–July 31 and is available at all county library branches. Make memories by getting your pictures taken with a Mermaid, Tails & Tales backdrop or the Shark Mural. 

Sign up online:

Or go to the West Jordan Library

Address: 8030 South 1825 West West Jordan Utah 84084