Youth Summer Reading


Welcome to Summer Reading 2019!

"A Universe of Stories" is the theme for our summer reading program this year and we have some exciting adventures planned! The Children's Summer Reading program kicks off with a free hotdog picnic on Tuesday, June 4th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The kick off party will be the first opportunity to register for Summer Reading events and pick up book logs.

Children participating in the Summer Reading program set their own goal for how many books they want to read over the summer and write the titles in their book logs. Children not yet reading independently may count books that are read to them. Once they have met their goal, participants return their book logs to the library and receive a ticket to the Pool Party at Maytag Pool on Friday, August 2 at 7:00 pm. Children who complete their book logs also receive 2 (one for a child, one for an adult) tickets to the Iowa Cubs Homerun Reader game on Sunday, July 28th at 1:00 pm.

Youth Programs & Events - Click on event for details

Date Program Registration Age
June 4 @ 4:00-7:00 pm Summer Reading Kick-Off Party None All Ages
June 7, 1:00 pm Hanson Family Jugglers None 5-12
June 7, 3:00 pm Hanson Family Jugglers None 5-12
June 11, 10:00 am Des Moines Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo Required 4-5
June 11, 11:00 am Des Moines symphony Instrument Petting Zoo Required 6-8
June 11, 6:00 pm Absolute Science Bubble Show Required 3-12
June 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 Iowa State Insect Petting Zoo Drop-in None All Ages
June 18, 10:30 am Beals Family Music None Children/Family
June 20, 1:00 pm Duke Otherwise None All Ages
June 25, 1:00 pm Science Center of Iowa Required 5+
June 26, 10:30 am Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic Required 2-6
June 27, 1:30 pm Drones at the Library Required 5-12
June 28, 10:30 am Look to the Sky, Lift Up a Song None 3+
July 1, 10:30 am - Noon Kindness Rocks Painting Party at Maytag Park None Children/Family
July 2, 10:00 am Pint Sized Polkas None 3+
July 9, 10:30 am A Universe of Stories Required 3+
July 11, 1:30 pm Macaroni Soup None 3+
July 19, 10:30 am Fancy Nancy Tea Party Required 3-9
July 19, 1:00 pm Fancy Nancy Tea Party Required 3-9
July 22, 1:00 pm Dr. Oxygen Science Show Required 5+
July 29, 10:30 am Pirate Storytime Required 3-9
July 29, 1:00 pm Pirate Storytime Required 3-9
July 29 - August 1, 5:00-7:30 pm Choir Camp Required 7-11
August 2, 7:00 pm Maytag Pool Party - Must have Ticket to Attend Ticket Required All Ages

Printable Event Calendars & Registration Forms

kids program
Summer Events Page 1
Summer Events Page 2
2019 Kids Registration