Tails and Tales – Children’s Summer Reading 2021

Join In!

Looking to have a paws-itively fun summer? Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the Haverford Township Free Library!

This year the theme is Tails and Tales and the Youth Services staff has created different programs, activities, and crafts for weeks of fun!

The Summer Reading Program, sometimes known as Summer Quest, is a FREE Summer learning program for K-12 students where you earn prizes for doing fun activities all summer long.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children who have not entered Kindergarten, they have the option to participate in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This program encourages children to read 1000 Books by the time they begin Kindergarten. During the summer, children can log their books with the library or through Beanstack.

For the summer program, new and existing users can sign up to receive a Storytime/Anytime kit. With these supplies, children and their families can participate in live storytimes with demonstrations on how to use these supplies.

Summer Reading Youth 

For children between two years of age and through the fifth grade, every week that you log 100 minutes of reading and complete activities, you earn a “brag” tag; you can collect all 9!  You will also be entered to win weekly prizes and collect raffle tickets for our grand prize.

Summer Reading Teens

Teens and Tweens are invited to sign up for their own program! Teen Summer Reading is for those entering grades 6 through 12 in the fall (up to age 18). Read and review books and collect raffle tickets to be entered to win weekly prizes. All participants will be eligible to win a grand prize.

All Summer Reading Challenge participants can register to also participate in Summer Quest through Delaware County Libraries. This is an online option to log books and complete challenges.

Visit the virtual Youth Services Room for a sample of programs!


New for 2021

Summer programs will be a combination of activities in-person and virtual. There will be live storytimes and performances scheduled in parks throughout the Township and virtual programs that you are able to complete at your own pace.

We are once again partnering with Delaware County Libraries for their virtual program through Beanstack. Sign up online and read any book or listen to any audiobook between June 1st and August 23rd and record it in Beanstack.  Earn badges for reading and completing activities throughout the summer program!

Children who participate in summer library programs keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.


Children of all Ages

Storytime, Anytime: Virtual Storytimes

Programs will run from June 7  - August 23 and will be live or pre-recorded, streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

New recorded storytimes will be recorded and provided online weekly beginning June 7.
A full description of each program is available on the Events Calendar.

Mundo Monday - Mondays at 8pm
All ages and a caregiver
Join Ms. Danielle for stories from around the world.

StoryCraft - Tuesdays at 10:15am
All ages and a caregiver
Join Ms. Emily each week for a story and related craft.

Pajama Storytime - Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
All ages and a caregiver
Join Ms. Danielle for some books and songs to wind down the day!

Books and Babies - Wednesdays at 10:15am
Babies birth-23 months and a caregiver
It's storytime for our youngest library users!

Early Chapter Read aloud - Fridays at 2:00 pm
Ages 5 and up
Join the Youth Services Staff for a dramatic reading from an early chapter book each week.

Evening Stretch - Evenings beginning at 8:00 pm (except Tuesdays)
All ages
Join the Youth Services staff for books or rhymes to end the day.


Elementary Aged Activities

Children’s summer reading program has moved online! Special activities for children entering grades K-5.

Wildlife Bingo

June 7-August 9th

Pick up your bingo card during the first week of Summer Reading then check the library each week for a new animal.  5 in a row gets you entered into a raffle for a special prize!

Virtual Library

June 7-August 28th

Check out our virtual library page to watch story times and other videos that go with our summer theme Tails and Tales!

Virtual Lego® Club - Mondays @ 4:30 pm

Join Ms. Emily each week for a LIVE Lego Club.  Our theme this summer is animals! Registration is required for the Zoom link.

Origami Animals

Each week we will feature a new origami video.  Come to the library to pick up the supplies needed to make your own origami animal!

Wildlife Wonders  June 7-August 28

Visit the library for a new wildlife exhibit every two weeks!  Find the display and learn fun facts along the way!

Movie Activity Grab N Go Bags

During summer reading we will feature activity bags for three different movies that you can use



Tween/Teen Aged Activities

For children entering grades 6 - 12


BYOB: Bring Your Own Book Club
Grades 6-8
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

Teen Lit Loot
Grades 6-12



In Person Programming

While the Library is not providing in-person programming in the building at this time, we are excited to offer to live storytimes and performances in parks throughout the Township.

Stories Under the Trees 

photo credit: Joel Perlish


Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 10am (all ages and a caregiver)

Join Ms. Rachee for an in-person, socially distanced storytime, weather permitting!

 Monday, June 7  - Westgate Oxford Hill Lane
Thursday, June 10  - Hilltop Steel Road
Monday, June 14  - Vets 1002 Darby Road
Thursday, June 17  - Westgate Oxford Hill Lane
Monday, June 21  - Hilltop Steel Road
Thursday, June 24 -  Coopertown 800 Coopertown Rd, Bryn Mawr
Monday, June 28 -  Llanerch Llandillo Rd
Thursday, July 2 -  Grasslyn Grasslyn Ave
Monday, July 6  - Carroll Park Farwood Rd
Thursday, July 9  - Powder Mill 901 Powder Mill Park, Wynnewood
Monday, July 12 -  Gest Tract Pelham Ave
Thursday, July 15  - Llanerch Llandillo Rd
Monday, July 19  - Grasslyn Grasslyn Ave
Thursday, July 22  - Carroll Park Farwood Rd
Monday, July 26 Powder Mill  - 901 Powder Mill Park, Wynnewood
Thursday, July 29 -  Gest tract Pelham Ave

Baby and Me Yoga

We have Yoga with Dragon Arts Studio!

Wednesdays beginning at 10 am, weather permitting. 

Join Ms. Gabrielle from Dragon Spirit Arts for Baby Yoga at the park!

We will meet at Chatham Glen Park for gentle stretches and movements. In case of inclement weather, event will be held on Zoom.

Bring a mat or towel and wear comfy clothes.

June 9

June 23

July 14

July 28

August 11

August 25


Journey Across Delco


The Haverford Township Free Library is once again participating in the countywide Journey Across Delco. At HTFL, learn about the "Sloth" and then visit the other libraries in Delco to learn about complete activities to libraries will each be featuring an animal to promote this year’s Summer Quest theme of Tails and Tales. There are three ways to complete the program for this year. Click here for complete information. 

LIVE Performances - (all ages and a caregiver)

In case of inclement weather, programs will be held on Zoom.


Zoo On Wheels: 6/17  @ 10:30 and 6/24 @ 6:30, Merwood Park (two times to choose from!)

Classroom Adventures: 7/8 @ 6:30, The Grange Field

Bollywood Dance: 7/15 @ 6:30, Paddock Park

The Digger and Dave Puppet Show: 7/22 @ 6:30, Merwood Park