2021 Summer Reading: Tails and Tales

The 2021 CSLP Summer Reading Theme is Tails and Tales! Animals of all kinds roam the lands and soar through the air and many have both a Tail and a Tale! Explore the world of life around you and find out what is special about so many of the animals who live with us on our little blue planet.

Participating libraries may use the materials and the CSLP theme or create their own Summer Reading Program.

Libraries may purchase any themed materials directly from CSLP’s online store. The Arkansas State Library will not provide paper materials and promotional items as in the past. Contact Ruth Hyatt for more information.


To help public libraries deliver a virtual Summer Reading program the Arkansas State Library provides access to READsquared to all public libraries in the state. READsquared is an online platform that allows public libraries to offer digital activities and incentives during the Summer Reading program for patrons of all ages.

All public library branches are now included in the sub accounts contracted with READsquared by the Arkansas State Library through 2022. Branch libraries can customize their own reading programs with special missions, activities, and games.

READsquared provides the ability for Summer Reading participants to:

READsquared can be used on a personal computer or a smartphone or tablet.

Virtual Sessions for Youth Programming Staff

The Coordinator of Youth Services hosts weekly virtual meetings for library staff to discuss all aspects of children’s and youth programming including Summer Reading programs. For more information or an invitation to the sessions, please contact Ruth Hyatt.

For more information on the Summer Reading program or READsquared, contact: