Summer Reading in Des Moines

Summer Reading in Des Moines

2021 Summer Reading in Des Moines

Summer reading in Des Moines is one of many fun activities to stay busy 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.

Note: We will be adding to this list as local libraries announce their summer reading programs.


The Altoona Public Library will kick off its summer reading program on Wednesday, June 2nd with a “Summer Reading Drive-Through”. Freddy the Frog will be in their parking lot passing out summer reading kits for kids. The kit includes everything you need to participate in their summer reading program.


Participation is a fun and easy way for kids to earn free books. They 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 book from the books listed on the Reading Journal and collect their free book from a store near them during July and August. Click here to print your list.


Registration begins May 24th. The Summer Library Program is for all ages.  Preschool to adult.  Patrons will still track the amount of time they are reading and are eligible to win prizes for meeting reading goals.  This year, they are adding a new way to track–online! Click here to grab the details.


Details have not been released yet. Check back in June. Visit here to stay up to date!


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


Details have not been released yet.


The Indianola Library will be launching its summer reading program on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  Join the summer reading challenge to win prizes, attend events and simply use the library through July 31, 2021. Learn more here.


This year’s theme is ‘Color Your World’. A free, 8-week program that encourages children to read and keep their brain 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. Learn more details here.


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


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


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


This summer reading challenge will look a little different this year as Waukee does their part to keep everyone safe and healthy but it will be just as fun! They will still have great programs that you can attend and activities you can do – all online! Adventure through the Animal Kingdom this summer at home with the Waukee Public Library. Pre-registration opens on May 1 for the Tails & Tales2021 Summer Reading Challenge! Click here for all the details.


Registration begins Monday, May 17 for their 2021 Summer Escape at the library! This year they are expanding their traditional reading program to include a series of fun “escapes” for all ages. Sign up online or via the Beanstack app. Visit here to stay up to date!

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Erin Huiatt

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2 thoughts on “Summer Reading in Des Moines

  1. 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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