Summer Reading 2017 in Central Iowa

Your local library is a great place to visit during the Summer. Not only do they offer great events and activities for children of all ages, many of them offer Summer Reading Challenges. Participating in these challenges, as a family, is a great way to continue learning during the Summer. Some libraries offer prizes and fun celebrations. Check out the list below.


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Younger children can track their days by reading two or more books a day with an adult. Children who can read by themselves track their reading by time on a reading log. The reading log is divided into three parts and there a prizes awarded for completion of each part. There are also reading log opportunities for teens and adults. The reading logs start June 1st and there will be a kick-off event on Saturday, Jun 3rd for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This will be an open house style event to learn more about all the offerings this summer. End the Summer reading program with the Reading Rumpus carnival on August 26th.

You can also participate in the Build a Better Community BINGO. This is when families visit different location in Altoona to get stamps on their BINGO card. Prizes will be awarded for each BINGO they earn.


Pick up your Summer Reading log beginning on Wednesday, May 31st. There is no registration to begin this program. There will be reading logs for several different age groups including infants/toddlers, preschool through 5th grade, 6th through 12th grade, and adults. Do not miss their many special events through out the summer too.


When your child reads 8 books this summer, then can receive a free children’s book. Visit Barnes and Noble summer reading program to download and print their reading journal. In order to receive a free book a parent must sign on the page. The reading program begins May 16th and runs until September 5th. There is a set list of books that a child can pick for free, broken down by grades. Take a look at the options here.


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All programs start Monday, May 22nd through Saturday, August 5th 

Rubber Ducky Club: Perfect for infants and toddlers. A very laid back programs and it is the perfect way to introduce summer reading to your child. Sign-up at the library and receive a reading log. You can earn a rubber ducky prize for completing the first six activities and receive a book prize and pool party pass for completing all twelve.

Dewey Bear Club: Recommended for preschoolers and older. This program is perfect for your preschooler who loves to listen to stories and beginning to read. Sign-up at the library and received a reading journal and earn prizes along the way.

Reading Journals: Recommended for school-aged through teens. Sign-up at the library and receive a reading journal to record the number of minutes you read this summer.

Prizes: You can earn prizes such a coupons to local businesses, books, gift cards and possibly pool party passes!

Celebrate the end of the reading program at the Clive Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 5th 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. for a private pool party.


All Summer Long

The Des Moines Public Libraries are encouraging families to visit the library all summer long. The reading log program will kick off June 1st until August 5th. Children will receive a log sheet with 18 “books” on it. Each book represents 20 minutes of reading, being read to, or listening to an audio book. Each child will receive a free prize book when they sign-up for the challenge and another prize book when all of the “books” have been crossed off, which totals 6 hours of reading. Prizes are available while supplies last.

There will also be an online version of the reading log on the Des Moines Public Library website using Beanstack. This goes live on June 1st.

There will also be a summer reading program for adults. In addition to the reading log program, each library will be offering fun activities, events and classes all summer long.


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Granger Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will kick off June 7th and run until July 19th. Teens and adults can register for free prizes every time they visit the library. The first 25 teens will receive a free sports bag and the first 25 adults will receive book bags. They will also offer a morning story time on Wednesdays 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 0 to 5 years old.



This summer the Indianola Library will be offering fun programs for all ages, including a Summer Reading Challenge. You can earn great prizes and a ticket to a pool party on July 31st at the Indianola Aquatic Center. The challenge kicks off on May 30th. Sponsored by the Friends of the Indianola Public Library Foundation.


This 7-week program encourages children of all ages to read and keep their brains active throughout the Summer. Children can read for 20 minutes a day or pick from a variety of activities to earn different prizes. To join, simply visit the library anytime between June 3rd and July 22nd and pick up a reading log and STEM kit. Once ten of the “building blocks” on the log have been completed, you can turn it in to receive a goodie bag of prizes. When twenty of the “building blocks” have been completed, children will receive a free book and their name entered into a grand prize drawing.


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Kids and adults are invited to win prizes for reading this summer with the library’s “Build a Better World” summer reading program. All participants will be eligible for prizes.
Kids will track each day they read this summer with a reading log that also acts as a coloring sheet!
Teens will not have a reading log…instead, they get a lucky scratch ticket each day they check out materials or attend a program.
Adults will once again be challenged to keep reading this summer too with their very own “Build A Better World” summer reading challenge.
Program runs May 30 – July 31.


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This summer all ages of children, teens and adults can read or listen to books and earn prizes. The reading challenge kicks off on May 26th and runs through July 31st. In addition, every Friday morning at 10 a.m. there will be a family-friendly performance that may include science, music and magic. This year’s theme focuses on engineering and being caring community members.


The Summer Reading Club is open to all ages, even adults. Sign-up for reading logs begin Monday, May 22nd and are due by Friday, July 28th. There will be halfway prizes given out to children (vary by age) beginning Monday, June 19th. The reading logs for children require 10 hours or reading and the reading logs for teens and adults will differ slightly. To celebrate a final party carnival will take place Saturday, July 29th 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the library.


Erin Huiatt

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