May 11, 2021

Jefferson Parish Library 2021 Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration

“Tails and Tales” Adoption Event

JEFFERSON, LA –The Jefferson Parish Library kicks off the 2021 Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” on June 1.

Most programs will remain virtual (visit for more details), but one special animal adoption event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

The Tails and Tales Adoption Event will occur outside the library under the trees near Harvard Avenue. Representatives from the Jefferson Protection and Animal Welfare Services (JPAWS) and the Jefferson Parish SPCA will be onsite with dogs available for adoption.

Tables staffed by JPL employees will be promoting the Summer Reading Program and providing with “Take and Make” crafts for children and “Make and Leave” crafts for shelter animals.

The Summer Reading Program will run from June 1 through July 31.

It is open to all ages. Readers will earn one point every time they read one book, read for one hour or complete one activity. At five points, children will receive an animal hat and a free kids meal from Raising Cane’s. Teens and adults will be entered into a weekly raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card. Readers of all ages who earn 50 points will be entered into a grand prize raffle for a $150 Amazon gift card.

The 2021 JPL Summer Reading Program is based on the honor system.

Adult SRP – A special “grab ‘n go” workbook consisting of quizzes and puzzle sheets will be available to adult patrons at all branches in June. Quizzes focus on literary themes – Tennessee Williams, Ernest Gaines, Anne Rice, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Kate Chopin, and others. There also are quizzes that pertain to groups that meet at the library – HAM radio, daylilies, and old garden roses. Plus there are a few quizzes about New Orleans food, the Saints, and even the Golden Girls.

For more information regarding this event, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or

In accordance with provisions of the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, as amended, Jefferson Parish shall not discriminate against individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities. If you require auxiliary aids or devices, or other reasonable accommodation under the ADA Amendments Act, please submit your request to the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours in advance or as soon as practical. A 72-hour advanced notice is required to request Certified ASL interpreters. ADA Coordinator/Office of Citizens with Disabilities 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 403, Elmwood, LA 70123, (504) 736-6086,

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. The Jefferson Parish Library is the second largest system in the state of Louisiana. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.


Jefferson Parish Public Information Office

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard, Suite 1002

Jefferson, LA 70123

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Gretchen Hirt Gendron, PIO