Week Two of the Summer Reading Program at Parish Library

The second week performance is Circus Chicken Dog! Ever wanted to run off and join the circus? Well, coming up on week two of the Bienville Parish Library 2021 “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program you can run away to your neighborhood library!

What is Circus Chicken Dog? The backstory of this group speaks to the power of adopting rescue dogs and cats. “Chicken Dog” came into Darren Peterson’s life as a rescue and proved to be a super-smart canine!


Peterson is a six-time Ironman athlete and received his BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Peterson interrupted his college studies for two years to join the Royal Lichtenstein Circus where he was the main juggler and unicyclist. After graduation, Peterson taught High School math for three years and worked as an editor of math textbooks for four years.

While Peterson was editing math books, Chicken Dog’s favorite past-time was hanging out with her human and winning Disc Dog competitions! Darren Peterson began combining her cool tricks with his circus skills and became so popular that he no longer had time to edit math books! Thus was born — CIRCUS CHICKEN DOG!

Chicken Dog is very happy about this as now her human has more time to play with her. She and all her pack are now traveling around bringing their dog tricks, a performing parrot named Scarlet, there’s magic, juggling, unicycling, rope spinning, accordion music, giant bubbles and lots more! Below are the program times for each library:

Thursday, June 10th

  • Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
  • Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 11th

  • Castor at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saline at 2:00 p.m.


This is a new Summer Reading Program reward and there are ten brag tags to snag! Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. This new reading incentive gives your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2021 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
  • Most of all – HAVE FUN!

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