Summer Reading in Des Moines

2022 Summer Reading in Des Moines

Summer reading in Des Moines is one of many fun activities to stay busy with this summer. This is the perfect way to stay connected to reading and your library this summer! Remember a lot of local libraries are offering curbside service, virtual storytime and activities, and much more. Make sure you are following your local library on Facebook.


The Altoona Public Library will kick off its summer reading program on May 27 with a “Summer Reading Drive-Through”. Miss Sheila and Freddy will be out in the library parking on the last day of school to pass out the 2022 Summer Reading Packets. Drive through our parking lot to pick one up! Take a look at their event calendar for a summer full of programming.


Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books with Barnes & Noble. Children simply read a designated number of books – library books, books borrowed from friends, or books bought at Barnes & Noble – write about their favorite part in our Reading Journal, and bring a completed Reading Journal to a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Children then choose their free books from the books listed in the Reading Journal and collect their free books from a store near them during July and August. 


The Clive Library Summer Reading Program is for ages 0 to 18 years. This year’s theme is ‘Reading Colors Your World’. Take a look at all the details and pick up sheets/logs at the library.


All Summer Long returns this summer to the Des Moines Public Library! Mark your calendars this year’s program begins on Monday, June 6. More information coming soon! 


This year’s Grimes Summer Reading Program runs from May 31st to August 1st. Reading can be tracked online at grimes.beanstack.org or on paper logs available at the library. They have reading challenges available for all ages, birth-adult! Want to see what great programs we have planned? Check out their June and July 2021 Events.


This year’s theme is ‘Read Beyond the Beaten Path’. A free, 8-week program that encourages children to read and keep their brains active through the summer. Paper logs can be picked up at the Johnston Public Library during open hours or requested through curbside hold pick-up.


Details have not been released yet. Visit here to stay up to date!


Urbandale Public Library will be kicking off its Summer Reading Challenge on Thursday, June 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Charles Gabus Memorial Tree Park on the south side of the Urbandale Public Library for fun for the whole family! They will have information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and how all ages can continue the habit of reading and win great prizes! Some of the kickoff highlights include:


Read books! Attend events! Win prizes! The Waukee Summer Reading Program kicks off June 1st and runs through July 30th. All ages are welcome to join. Learn more about registering and how to keep track!


The West Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Club is back and bigger than ever this year! Everyone who registers (yes, adults, too!) will get an exclusive WDM Library Summer Reading tote bag or reading journal, a fine forgiveness coupon, AND a coupon for a free item from our year-long Book Sale. You’ll track your reading through the handy Beanstack app. Readers of any age who log more than 30 reading days will be entered to win exciting raffle prizes at the end of the summer! For information on registering groups (such as classes or daycares) please send a message to youthservices@wdm.iowa.gov

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Erin Huiatt

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2 thoughts on “Summer Reading in Des Moines

  1. Avatar Margaret Christian says:

    I’m curious. If you are listing Altoona as a place for summer reading, why not include the activities at Bondurant Public Library? We have special programs twice each week for kids during June and July, as well as four storytimes.

  2. Margaret,

    Thank you for reaching out! I would love to include Bondurant. If you have details you can send me for their reading program, that would be great. My email is midwestmomandwife@gmail.com Thanks!

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