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Youth Summer Reading
Welcome to Summer Reading 2023!
Readers of all ages are invited to join our annual Summer Reading program!
Children ages 3-12
Register for Summer Reading and track books read in the book log, which will be in the summer reading bag that we give you at the kickoff on June 1st from 4 to 6 pm. We are only offering paper book logs this year due to the library's catalog software updates. Children not yet reading on their own may count books read to them. Children will earn a Brag Tag for every five picture books or easy readers, or one brag tag for every two chapter books or non-fiction books logged. Audiobooks and ebooks count too!
What is a Brag Tag? They are fun collectible tags, and we give you a ball and chain necklace to put them on! New tags will be available all summer long. Children that finish the program will earn a ticket to our Pool Party at Maytag Pool on July 28th at 7:00 pm, and they will earn two tickets (one for a child and one for an adult) to the Homerun Reader game with the Iowa Cubs on August 6th at 1:00 pm. They will also earn a certificate for one free kid's meal at the Newton Culver's Restaurant. It will take 25 picture books or easy readers or 10 chapter books to finish. Kids that want to keep earning Brag Tags after finishing may continue to do so all summer long!
Children ages 0-2
Children ages 2 and under will receive a bottle of bubbles and a board book to keep as well as the Pool Party ticket, Culver's Kid's meal, and Homerun Reader tickets upon completion of the program instead of the Brag Tags.
Youth Programs & Events - Click on Event for Details
|June 1, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.||Summer Reading Kick-Off||Library Lawn||All Ages|
|June 6, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Iowa State University Insect Zoo||Meeting Room||All Ages|
|June 7, 6:00 p.m.||Choose Your Own M.E.S.S. with Will Stuck||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|June 12, 6:00 p.m.||Magician Mikayla Oz||Library Lawn||Kids & Families|
|June 15, 10:00 a.m.||Cold-Blooded Redhead Reptile Show||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|June 19, 6:00 p.m.||Family Magic Show with Jonathan May||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|June 21, 10:00 a.m.||SOAR Raptor Rescue||Library Lawn||All Ages|
|June 26, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.||Absolute Science Bubble Workshop||Library Lawn||Kids & Families||Ticket Required|
|June 28, 9:00 a.m.||Sparkle Hoola Hoops with Mary Boyvey||Library Lawn||Ages 6 - 12||Opens June 1st|
|June 30, 1:30 p.m.||Mixed Nuts Kid's Comedy Show||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|July 6, 10:00 a.m.||Dinosaur Encounter||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|July 11, 10:00 a.m.||Storywalk with Jasper County Conservation||Agnes Patterson Park||Kids & Families|
|July 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.||Cartoon Workshop with Buck Jones||Meeting Room||Grades 2 - 5||Opens June 1st|
|July 21, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.||Des Moines Trak Club Model Train Display||Meeting Room||All Ages|
|July 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.||Des Moines Trak Club Model Train Display||Meeting Room||All Ages|
|July 24, 10:00 a.m.||Twisted-Bokay||Meeting Room||Kids & Families|
|July 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||Maytag Pool Party||Maytag Pool||Kids & Families||Ticket Required|