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Summer Reading program set for 2021

Event kickoff is Thursday, May 27, 6-8 p.m.

Crete Public Library's Summer Reading Program registration is now open until May 27.

Crete Public Library's 2021 summer reading program, "Tails and Tales," will kick off on May 27 with an event from 6-8 p.m. in the library's Pinnacle Pavilion and Library Park.

See the video in this article for a Summer Reading message from Youth Librarian Laura Renker.

Registration is strongly encouraged in order for staff to adequately prepare program spaces and take-home treats and craft kits for individual events. Registration forms are:

  • available at the library
  • can be printed and returned to the library
  • can be filled out online and emailed to LibraryStaff@crete.ne.gov . Participants who register online can visit the library to pick up their 'Tails and Tales' bag and bookmark, activity calendar, and reading log with stickers.

View/download the following pdf documents:

Summer Reading Registration Form

Summer Reading Activity Calendar - English / Spanish

Weekly events will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in June with as many outdoor events as possible. Capacity may be limited if events have to be moved indoors. Sponsors for this year's program are the Friends of Crete Public Library and Nestle Purina. 

Crete Public Library Summer Reading Program 2021. (See link in article for calendar pdf.)
Independent reading challenges will be available to all interested patrons, even if not participating in other Summer Reading activities. 

Elementary-age events will be held on Tuesdays, including an animal scavenger hunt, Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery and owl pellet dissection, Dog Man Party, and a visit from Henry Doorly Zoo staff. Wednesday events, tagged for all ages, include Wildlife Encounters, Crane River Theater's "Cinderella," and a visit from Lincoln Children's Museum staff. Preschool Story Time will be held on Thursdays, with a Facebook Live option for those unable to attend in person. Story time themes are: insects, animal scavenger hunt, farmyard friends, and jungle fun. See the calendar for all dates and specific program start times. (Activities noted as "Drop In" will be ongoing for attendees to participate anytime between 10:30 and Noon.)

Highlighted Friday events include the June 11 Family Movie Night at dusk in Library Park and the June 25 pool party from 8-10 p.m. at Wildwood Pool.

Participants age 7 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian during Summer Reading activities. The Library encourages parents and guardians to arrange safe escort to and from programs. Library staff is not responsible for children before and after programs. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make sure all COVID procedures are followed by children accompanying them.

For more information, stop by or call the library, or email library staff members.

Adult Summer Reading Bingo

Read five (5) books in July and August. Pick one book from any of the squares. No need to choose from a single row or column. One book cannot be used for more than one square - i.e. read a book from the young adult section and also made into a movie (Twilight). Circle the completed square.

Click here for the bingo card.

A list of books for some of these categories has been created and the librarians are always happy to help you pick out an appropriate book that fits each category.

Return BINGO to the Library by July 31. Patrons who complete the BINGO will be eligible to win one of two butterfly feeders.

Check out the resources and services available at Crete Public Library:


Crete Public Library
1515 Forest Ave.

Crete, NE 68333
Phone: 402.826.3809