Bay County Public Library’s summer reading program kicks off Thursday

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:46 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Education experts say it’s important to keep kids reading over the summer so they don’t fall behind during the summer gap. NewsChannel 7′s Sam Martello was live from the Bay County Public Library Wednesday with details on their interactive summer activities.

The Northwest Regional Library System’s summer program “Tails and Tales” kicks off Thursday, June 10, and runs through the month of July. Library staff says their programming is still virtual this year, but some activities, such as an Animal Scavenger Hunt, will take place in the Youth Services department.

Since this year’s summer theme is all about animals, the library staff says they have also organized a pet food drive to give back to the community. The drive begins July 1 and runs through July 31. Items such as dry dog and cat food, clumping cat litter, and pet toys can be dropped off at three area library locations: the Bay County Public Library in Panama City, the Panama City Beach Public Library, and the Parker Public Library. All donations will go to local animal rescues in need.

For more about what’s to come this summer at the Bay County Public Library, watch Sam’s full interview. The library’s full schedule of summer programming can be found in their June newsletter.

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