Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Tails & Tales

Join us for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge! It's for all ages and will take place June 1 through July 31.


Reading Challenge

This year we have set a challenge of reading 1,000 minutes per participant as well as a community challenge of 750,000 minutes. Every time you read you help meet those challenges and help us reach our goals!

You can use Beanstack to track reading, earn badges, and participate in extra fun. You can signup and participate online or with the Beanstack app from the Google Play store or Apple Store.

 If you wish to participate with traditional pencil and paper that's fine too! Simply visit your local library to signup after May 25 and receive a reading log.


Reading Prizes

 No matter how you participate, you'll be eligible for prizes which include stickers, books, keychains, bookmarks, notepads, pens, bubbles, masks, fans, slinkys, and more. Each time you read 200 minutes you complete a level, and each level opens up a new prize option. Once you read 1,000 minutes you complete the reading challenge and are eligible for one of the grand prize drawings! This year there will be a grand winner at each library for each age group (children, teens, and adults). Each winner will get to choose their own prize from four exciting options.

Grand Prize "Choose Your Own Adventure" Options:

1) Alpaca Adventure
Stay for a night in the Sopris Alpaca Farm AirBnB cabin. You'll get a tour of the farm and food to feed the alpacas.
For Up to 4 People

2) Fly Fishing River Float
Go fly fishing during this half-day float trip led by experienced guides at Sopris Fishing Outfitters.
For 2 people

3) Horse Riding Adventure
Ride through a six-generation family ranch with scenic views, rolling hills, and open pastures. This family horse riding trip with Glenwood Adventure accommodates children as young as 7.
For Up to 4 People

4) Picnic at the Hatchery
Enjoy a tour of the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery and hatch house, with lunch included from your choice of local restaurants.
For Up to 4 People



Summer Reading Events

Summer Reading events will be listed on this page, or you can view the full calendar of virtual events here.

We will have a variety of in-person and virtual events throughout the summer. Watch for the icons to see how to attend the event:
 = In-Person            = Online


Events for Children & Families

  Homemade Dog Treat Take Home Kits • June 1 • Available at All Libraries (While Supplies Last)

  Page Turner Animal Adventures • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6, 13, 20 • 10:30 am

  Spanish Language Dance Classes with Mezcla Socials Dance and Dance Initiative • June 5, 12, 19, 26 • 10 am • Carbondale Branch Library

  Music with Kids House of Joy • June 7 • 10 am

  Rifle Animal Shelter Pet Meet & Greets • June 10 in Parachute, June 17 in Rifle, June 24 in Silt • All at 11 am

   Reptile Discovery by Didgeridoo Down Under • Monday, June 14 • 3 pm

  Rocky Mountain Puppets • June 15 in Rifle at 11 am and Parachute at 2 pm • June 16 in Silt at 11 am and New Castle at 2 pm • June 18 in Glenwood Springs at 11 am and Carbondale at 2 pm

  Denver Downtown Aquarium Virtual Meet and Greet • Saturday, June 19 • 2 pm

  Music with Pint Sized Polkas • Monday, June 21 • 10 am

  Music with Steve Weeks • Monday, June 28 • 10:30 am

   STEM Workshops with Aspen Science Center • July 6 in Parachute at 10:30 am and Rifle at 2 pm • July 7 in Silt at 2 pm• July 8 in New Castle at 2 pm and Glenwood Springs at 6:30 pm • July 9 in Carbondale at 2 pm

   Dance Performance of "SHOES" by Aspen Dance Connection • July 8 in Carbondale • July 9 in Rifle • Both at 10 am

  Book Presentation & Workshop with Jessica Barnum • Wednesday, July 14 • 11 am

  C.A.R.E. Pet Meet & Greets • Saturday, July 17 • 11 am in Carbondale • 12:30 pm in Glenwood Springs • 2 pm in New Castle

  Adventures of the Wild Wolf by Didgeridoo Down Under • Monday, July 19 • 3 pm

  Story Creations with Denise Gard and Her Border Collies • July 20 in Glenwood Springs • July 21 in Rifle • July 22 in Carbondale • All at 11 am

  A WILD Afternoon • July 30 in New Castle • 1 pm



Events for Teens

   STEM Workshops in Parachute with Aspen Science Center • Tuesday, July 6 • 10:30 am • ages 18 and under

   STEM Workshop in Rifle with Aspen Science Center • Tuesday, July 6 • 3:30 pm • teens only

   STEM Workshop in Silt with Aspen Science Center • Wednesday, July 7 • 3:30 pm • teens only

   STEM Workshop in New Castle with Aspen Science Center • Thursday, July 8 • 3:30 pm • teens only

*CANCELLED*    STEM Workshops in Glenwood Springs with Aspen Science Center • Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 pm • ages 18 and under

   STEM Workshop in Carbondale with Aspen Science Center • Friday, July 9 • 3:30 pm • teens only


Events for Adults

  Art in the Stacks: James Mason • Saturday, June 5 • 1 pm • Carbondale Branch Library

  Container Gardening • Tuesday, June 29 • 5 pm

  Book Presentation & Workshop with Jessica Barnum • Monday, July 12 • 12 pm* this time has been updated and reflects the correct start of the event



Bonus Tales 

You can participate in a number of bonus tales and earn stickers, a pencil, a bookmark, or an eraser for each one you complete.

Spot an Animal or its Tracks
Submit a Selfie Reading with an Animal
Write a Book Review or Recommendation