Summer Reading 2015 in Central Iowa

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There are TONS of fun, exciting reading programs happening in Central Iowa this Summer. Each library (PBS and Barnes & Noble included) are offering great reading challenges for children, teens and even adults. The more you and your children read and participate the more you win. You can even win FREE books.


1. Dream Big Read: Early Literacy Challenge for children from birth to 35 months. There are six challenges to do with your baby. It helps parents and children build vital literacy skills in early childhood.

2. Dream Big, Read: for children three years of age through 5th grade. Children earn prizes just for reading or being read to. They will win a book for reading 10 hours but they can keep reading to become a top reader!

3. Own the Night: For teens 6th grade through high school. They can win prizes, help with the new teen area, volunteer and make crafts.

4. Between the Covers : All adults need to do is keep track of hours they read to earn prizes. We will have weekly drawings including Subway gift cards and a grand prize of a Nook Simple Touch or Kindle Touch (your choice).

Please come to the library on Tuesday May 29th to sign up for your summer reading program!


Escape the Ordinary 

Information on summer reading for all ages, including reading logs. Early registration and event sign up is available in person at the library on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will have a bouncy obstacle course, Menchie’s yogurt and fun activities for kids from 10 a.m. to Noon that day. Teens are welcome to bounce and snack from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. Online registration opens June 1.

Adult Summer Reading

No log! Just visit the library.

Every time you check out, receive a prize entry for up to three items. If you prefer to use WILBOR for materials, email your name and the date and title of checkout to webmaster@altoona.lib.ia.us and we’ll enter for you.

If you want to Be a Hero or Support a Hero, receive up to 5 prize entries per donation every time you visit!


Pick up your Reading Logs today and start reading to earn great prizes! Reading logs are available for all ages: Infants & Toddlers, Preschool-5th Grade, Teens (6th-12th grade), and Adults! Prizes may be claimed between June 1 & July 31.

Barnes & Noble 

Your kids can earn a FREE book. They must read 8 books and record them in the reading journal provided by Barnes & Noble. Bring the completed journal to your nearest store, turn it in and choose a FREE book from their selection.


Every Hero Has a Story 

Monday, June 1 – Saturday, August 1

Recommended for toddlers through 10-year- olds. This is the self-paced portion of the summer reading program. Soon-to-be readers, readers and advanced readers can pick up a journal page at the children’s desk and start reading to earn prizes. Only one page can be turned in each day. Come and explore the reading adventures awaiting you @ your library!

Des Moines

Become a Super Reader This Summer!

Your summer can be super at the library this year! Join in the superhero fun offered at this year’s summer reading program, which kicks off on June 1. Bring the family and attend one of the many events occurring at your nearest library branch. Here are just a few of this year’s noteworthy programs:

  • Central: Dino O’Dell’s “Heroes of Outer Space!” concert, Friday, June 5 at 2:00 PM
  • East Side: Summer Reading Kick Off Party, Monday, June 8 at 1:00 PM
  • Forest: Sparky the Fire Safety Clown, Monday, June 8 at 3:00 PM
  • Franklin: Super Bugs with the ISU Insect Zoo, Tuesday, June 9 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM
  • North Side: Masked Heroes, a two-part program, Tuesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 11, both at 3:30 PM
  • South Side: Furry Heroes: DMPD Canine Unit, Thursday, June 18 at 2:30 PM

These events are just the beginning! Check the June and July library calendars for more summer reading programs featuring music, animals, and some cape-less heroes, like firefighters, dentists, police officers, and more. Stop in to learn how to make super bubbles, carry out super sleuth animal tracking, and make super crafts. Kids and teens can all become super readers and earn super prizes. This year’s program will also offer some GRAND prizes at each library location.It’s simple to sign up. Just stop in any time after June 1 or go online at dmpl.org and click on Summer Reading. Prizes will be awarded through July 18 to kids from birth through twelfth grade.

Funding for the 2015 Summer Reading Programs is provided by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation with generous gifts from The Bright Foundation, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Cole-Belin Foundation, Wells Fargo, Prairie Meadows, and Principal Financial Group Foundation.

Summer Reading—Not Just for Kids!

Adults who read or listen to four books between June 1 and July 18 can register for a prize drawing as a part of our Adult Summer Reading Program. Each DMPL location will draw for a grand prize, so your chances of winning are fantastic! Forms are available at the library or online at dmpl.org/ adult-summer reading.


There is a lot going on this summer at the Grimes Public Library: reading challenges, performers, programs, prizes, and lots of fun!We have programs throughout June and July for all ages, from birth to adult. Don’t miss out on the fun! Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading with pizza and bowling at Warrior Lanes. Ages 11+. Space is limited so register early. Also, check out here for all the Summer Programming for children, teens and adults this Summer!


Read and win prizes in our summer reading challenge. Beginning May 26th you can pick up a reading log and start reading your way to prizes. July 31st is the last day you can claim prizes.

You have two choices to count your reading:
1. Books

  • Read 8 books this summer
  • Earn a prize for signing up
  • Read 4 books and collect your half-way prize
  • Read 4 more and win a free book
  • Attending a teen program counts as a book

2. Days

  • Read 28 days this summer
  • Earn a prize for signing up
  • Read 14 days and collect your half-way prize
  • Read 28 days and win a free book
  • Attending a teen program counts as a day of reading

Bonus Round! 
Read more and enter a chance to win a $50 gift card for PageTurners bookstore in our Grand Drawing.


Starts June 1st and there is something for everyone! Babies to adults! There will also be fun events through out the Summer celebrating the Hero themed Summer reading! Make sure you sign-up and look out for some of their awesome events!

PBS Summer Reading Challenge 

This program look awesome! This is a 10-week do-it-yourself reading camp. This website provides YOU with print outs, activity ideas, book ideas and more for 10 weeks. This is an awesome idea to keep your kiddos busy and learning this Summer! I am excited to do this with my son and daycare kids! Follow this link to get all the goodies!

Polk City 

A Superhero Summer

Summer reading starts June 8th at Polk City Public Library. Join us for the excitement of our Superhero Summer Reading Program. We are starting with a bang! The Iowa League of Heroes will be at the Polk City Community Library on Saturday May 30th, but only from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m! Attend the event or visit the library to receive more information!


Every Hero Has a Story!

– First Session runs May 31st – June 27th
– Second Session runs June 28th – July 25th

TINY TITANS – (Age 12 months to 2 years) Parents, complete some simple, early-literacy activities, with your baby or toddler and win prizes.
INCREDIBLES – (3 to 6 years) Parents are encouraged to keep track of the days each week that their child reads or is read to.
JUSTICE LEAGUE – (Age 7 to 11 years) A reading program for children who are ready to read longer, chapter books. To win prizes, children keep track of each day they read during the week.
AVENGERS – (Age 12 to 18 years) Do you read blogs, zines, books or listen to audio books? Teens may read whatever they like this summer and earn a chance to enter a weekly raffle for some awesome, swag bags!


Escape the Ordinary this summer by exploring heroes, superheroes, and extraordinary people, places, and activities! The adult summer reading program is a for-fun reading opportunity for adults. Get started by picking up a summer reading packet at any library service desk between Sunday, May 31 and Saturday, July 25. Each participant will be eligible to win small prizes donated by the Urbandale Hy-Vee.

Pick up reading logs at the Urbandale Public Library. 


Every Hero Has a Story!

The first day of Summer reading sign-up is Monday, June 1st. Sign up at the Library and enter for a chance to win a ride with the Waukee Police or Fire Departments in the Celebrate Waukee Parade on June 6! The reading logs can be picked up at the library.

West Des Moines

Unmask your reading potential!

We know you’re excited about summer. No school, no homework, just the freedom to do whatever you want. In your busy schedule of whatever-you-want, don’t forget to include the Library’s Summer Reading Club for Teens!

What is the summer reading club? It’s simple: you read and you get free stuff! What kind of free stuff? Coupons for local businesses like Dairy Queen, Panera Bread, and Jason’s Deli. Passes for an Iowa Cubs game and a day pass to a WDM Aquatic Center. And an entry into the grand prize drawing to win bigger prizes like an iPad mini! All for just reading – cool, huhh? We also have a lot of programs for teens too.

Check out our TEEN SUMMER READING CLUB BROCHURE 2015 for more info.

Register at the Library’s Reference Desk or ONLINE.

Here is the official WDM Summer Reading Website!


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