Press Release

Contact: Ellen McLean, Public Relations & Publicity Coordinator
Phone: 601-968-5805 | Fax: 601-968-5917


Jackson/Hinds Library System’s 2021 Summer Reading Program Begins

JACKSON, MS – As the Jackson/Hinds Library System continues to offer virtual and take-home programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, JHLS will offer its annual Summer Reading Program online for a second year. If you’re looking for exciting activities and programs that can help your preschooler, child or teen keep reading and learning this summer, the 2021 Summer Reading Program is only a click away. Adults are welcome to sign up and participate as well.

Tailes and Tales logo with animals reading books.

Image by CSLP

The library system has planned a variety of free, virtual events on the animal-inspired theme Tails and Tales for local area preschoolers, children, teens, and adults throughout Hinds County.  The program is from June 7 to July 9, 2021, and online registration is available via the Beanstack platform at and the Beanstack app. With Beanstack, registrants can earn digital badges such as a reading badge for every 100 minutes they read, an activity badge, a virtual program badge, and a book review badge.

The library branches will provide goody bags for registrants that include restaurant coupons and other treats, take-and-make craft kits for patrons, and paper registration forms and reading logs for those who may need them. Also enjoy the vibrant animal-themed displays and other surprises at each location!

Those who earn 10 reading badges will earn a digital certificate and be entered into a random drawing for prizes from sponsors such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Funtime Skateland, Cracker Barrel and Google. Prizes will be given to the top reader overall by age category from Costco, Walmart, and the Mississippi Children’s Museum. This will include first and second-place prizes in the adult category.

JHLS also has an exciting lineup of virtual presenters for this year’s programs such as Corey Wright of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Freedom Ranch Outreach Education, magician Tommy Johns, Animal Tales, and McClain Lodge, as well as signature programs from the library branches such as animal story times and tips on animal care.

For more information and updates on the 2021 Summer Reading Program, visit


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