5130 Davenport Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917

Summer Program

Tails & Tales 2021

From virtual programs and family activities to our all-ages summer reading challenge, there’s something for everyone with our 2021 summer program! This year’s theme is Tails & Tales.  Join us to learn about animals, explore nature, and discover new stories.  

Summer Reading Challenge
June 1-August 21
Join our online reading program this summer with Beanstack.  All ages can participate, from babies to adults. Earn prizes and enter drawings by reading and completing activities all summer long!  

Get Started: To register for the Summer Reading Challenge, create or sign into your Beanstack account using the Beanstack website or mobile app and join the "Summer Challenge 2021."  Families can sign up everyone under one account and use Beanstack to track each person’s reading and activities!  Tip: Be sure to log minutes/time to earn reading badges in the summer challenge.  There are different prizes for each age group, but the challenge activities are the same for everyone. 

You can also use this printable log (also available to pick up in the library), but be sure to enter your progress into your Beanstack account to earn badges, win prizes, and enter drawings.  Contact Youth Services for assistance with Beanstack at 517-321-4014 x3 or read our Beanstack FAQ.  Using the Beanstack app?  Watch our short video tutorial to learn the basics.

Prizes: Complete any 10 badges in the reading challenge and win a prize pack (ages 18 & under). Prize packs include an assortment of prizes and a free book and may be picked up throughout the summer at the Youth Desk or requested for carside pickup.  All ages get a ticket for our grand prize drawings for every badge you earn!  Tip: You get to pick the drawings you want to enter, so be sure to spend your tickets in Beanstack by August 21.


Summer Events
DTDL is offering a variety of virtual programs this summer.  Check out our event calendar for a full schedule and see some of the highlights below.

logoTales About Tails with Howell Nature Center
Tuesday, June 22
10:30-11:30 am
All ages.  Wildlife Educators will share the tales of their Wildlife Ambassadors! Meet some wild animal friends and learn why they call Howell Nature Center home in this virtual presentation.  Discover more about their habitats, roles in the ecosystem, and the amazing adaptations that help them survive, including their tails!  Register here.

logoGrab & Go Meal Kits
Fridays, June 18-August 27 (none July 2)
1-3 pm
This summer, DTDL is teaming up with the Greater Lansing Food Bank to offer supplemental meal kits for youth up to 18 years old. The bags of non-perishable food will be available for drive-through pickup in the DTDL parking lot on Fridays from 1-3 pm throughout the summer.  No registration necessary.

Cooking with the Library: Vegetarian
Friday, June 25
11 am – 12 pm
Ages 9-18.  Join us on Zoom to make some vegetarian recipes, learn cooking tips, and get hands-on with ingredients.  You can pick up a bag with all the supplies at the library prior to the program.  Check out what we'll be making with a list of ingredients and toolsRegister here.

Big Playdate: Yoga Tails
Saturday, July 17
10:30-11 am
Ages birth-8 and their families.  Join us on Zoom for stories, songs, and mindful movement.  We’ll try a variety of animal yoga poses and breathing activities - great exercise for the body and mind!  Register here.

Pet Show & Tell
Tuesday, August 3
6 -6:45 pm
Kids of all ages and their families.  Join us for a virtual pet show!  Each child will get a chance to share their pet and tell us a little about them, plus stories, songs, and activities.  Don’t have a pet?  No problem!  Tell us about your favorite animal, share a stuffed animal, or just enjoy learning about other kids’ pets.  Register here.

Click here for a printable flyer listing summer youth programs.


Ongoing Activities
We have plenty of additional activities for all ages that can be enjoyed anytime throughout the summer, including take-home kits, DIY projects, outdoor activities, scavenger hunts, and more.  

Play & Learn Park Passport
June 1-August 21
All ages.  Get to know Delta Township’s parks this summer while enjoying the great outdoors and engaging in fun learning activities.  Check off the parks as you visit them and complete the activities to earn an outdoor family fun pack!   Passports are available in the library or download one below.


Take It & Make It
DTDL offers free monthly Take It & Make It kits for kids and adults, with activities appropriate for different ages and skill levels (5 & under, 5-8, 9-18, and 18+).  Kits may include arts & crafts, STEM, and/or literacy activities.  Each kit contains instructions and supplies for one or more projects.  Learn more and request kits here.

Teen Lit Kits
June 1-August 21
Ages 13-18.  We’ve added some new take-home kits this summer, just for teens!  Each Teen Lit Kit has a theme and includes 1-2 library books and activities that go along with the theme, plus some extra fun stuff.  Books will be checked out to you and must be returned to the library but the rest is yours to keep!  Themes include: Mystery/Suspense, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Social Justice, and Graphic Novels/Manga.  Please request your kit in advance; you can pick it up in the library or with carside pickup.

June 1-July 31
Grades 6-12.  MiLibraryQuest is an opportunity for teens across the state to learn about unique animals and Michigan libraries!  Teens will find descriptions of a variety of animals spread across the websites of participating libraries which they will enter into their digital field journal for an opportunity to win an Amazon gift card.  Get started here.

Backyard Habitats
All ages.  Learn the basics of backyard habitats for birds and pollinators and make your own with this three-part video series.  We provide a list of supplies needed (most are freely available around your home or outdoors) and demonstrate how to build three different projects, including a bug hotel, bird feeder, and butterfly puddler.  Videos are available on DTDL's YouTube channel

Community Scavenger Hunt
June 1-August 21
All ages.  Our summer reading mascot, Tails, has left the library and gone to explore ten different Delta Township businesses.  See if you can find him!  Scavenger Hunt sheets are available in the library or download one below.  Find Tails in at least five places to enter a drawing for a $25 Meijer gift card.