One of the biggest challenges for libraries during the pandemic was connecting with families. Most came up with various online programs to make it through.

Now some parents are interested in decreasing screen time and keeping kids reading this summer after a really tough school year.

"Parents want to see kids using their imaginations, getting into the library and creating."

"You know you want to avoid the summer slump. You want to keep kids interested in learning, interested in reading and back to the things they're used to after a really difficult year."

The summer reading programs at Palmerton Library begin July 5th and run through the end of the month. Tales and Tails is an off-line experience for those who like the traditional summer home reading program. An online program is also available for kids up to 12 years old.