Summer reading program begins at the library

    The annual summer reading program kicks off this week at the James Memorial Public Library after being mostly cancelled last year due to COVID-19 and closures of the facility. This year’s event is called “Tails and Tales” and will feature a variety of guest speakers during the shortened four-week program.

    This year’s program will run from June 1 through June 24, with members of the Phelps County Animal Rescue coming every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Other notable activities include speakers from the Missouri Department of Conservation from 10 to 11 a.m. on June 8, members of the St. James Police Department speaking at 3 p.m. on June 10, a stuffed animal sleepover scheduled for June 15, with a time to be determined, Paige Gargus speaking about farm life on June 17 at 3 p.m., the garden club speaking at 3 p.m. on June 22, and a popcorn, cakewalk, and wrap-up party to conclude the program on June 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. Storytime will also continue every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
    All events are currently scheduled to be held outdoors. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit the James Memorial Public Library Facebook page for updates regarding weather and times of events. A full schedule can be picked up now at the library. All activities are free of charge to the community. For more information, visit the Facebook page or contact the library at 573-265-7211 to learn more.