Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 4

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.Ready, Set, Adventure!

This week our Summer Reading Program took us on a magical journey during Disney week!

Monday, we enjoyed the sounds of the past, did you realize that the most popular Disney movie of all time is called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Yep, that is correct, it was created in the year of 1937. There was an apple in the movie, so we decided to mix a few ingredients together and make Cinnamon Scented Apple Pinch Pots, it smelled delicious on the set. In honor of the movie Cars, we made the Clothespin Race Car.

Wednesday was an extra special day, we were joined by a friend from the past Liz Soenen, who hand made each of our puppets that we brought to life. Thank you again for sharing your talents with all of us!

Friday, Ellie, and Taryn had some fun making the Click Clack Musical Maker and we finished up with the sweet smell of cake in the air by making the Orange Cream Cake, YUMMY!!

Join us next week – you do not want to miss next week’s special guest!

Coming up next week

Nature Week!

July 6th Special Guest visitor Dan Gutman

  • Butterfly Sponge Art!
  • Bonus Craft Day!

July 8thth Wilderness Exploration

  • Wire Rock Art
  • Eat my Dirt!

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 3

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.Ready, Set, Adventure!

Last week was our third week of our Summer Reading Program and it took us to infinity and beyond during Science Camp!

Monday, we took off in a rocket and explored the moon, and of course, many other fun planets too. We turned yarn into Yarn Planets. Adding texture is always a good time, we splattered, squished, and let dry, the results of our space art – Moon Art!

On Wednesday, we discovered stories through space. Did you know that the word astronaut stands for “Star Sailor”? Or how about this, an astronaut’s suit weighs more than 220 pounds and will take 45 minutes to put on? We had a good, yummy time with the Summer Skies Marshmallow Constellations Activity. We even danced to the Moonwalk Freeze Dance.

Friday, we enjoyed eating like an astronaut.  We spent time with Chris Hadfield in the cabin of a spaceship and learned the tricks and tips astronauts do while in space. As the week of learning all about space came to an end, we mixed ingredients together and made Astronaut Chocolate Pudding, while enjoying the sounds of space in the background.

Coming up this next week

Disney Week – Where the Magic Begins!

June 27th Most Popular Disney Movie of all Time

  • Apple Scented Cinnamon Pinch Pots
  • Clothespin Race Car

June 29th All about Puppets Today – Roll that Movie Clip!

  • Puppet Creations with Guest Liz Soenen
  • Puppet Build-A-Story Play

July 1st Food Frenzy Friday with Disney

  • Click Clack Musical Maker
  • Orange Cream Cake

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 2

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.Ready, Set, Adventure!
Our second week of our Summer Reading Program took us around the world!

Monday, we made the discovery that art comes in all different shapes and sizes.  Did you know that music is art as well? This week we are recreating a masterpiece from the very famous artist Claude Monet named “The Water Lilies”. If you like circles you would enjoy the Kandinsky Concentric Circle art activity. Did you also know that Picasso’s first word he spoke was “pencil?”  

On Wednesday, we took flight and landed in Hawaii and made a Hawaiian Lei. A lei is a symbol of love, friendship, and celebration. When you arrive in Hawaii, it is tradition that you are greeted with a lei. Fun Fact: The word Aloha means “hello” and “good-bye” in Hawaii.

On Food Frenzy Friday, we finished our week by dancing in our seats to the sound of drums while learning the moves to the African song “A Lion with a Tail.” Here is something you may not know about Africa; it is the hottest continent in the world and it has the largest desert. At the end of the day Taryn read the book titled, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin while we enjoyed the crunchiness and chocolaty flavors from the Edible Crayons Activity we made. It was a great week of fun and so much more to come! 

Coming up next week

Science Camp – To Infinity and Beyond!

June 20th Let’s Go Exploring the Moon

  • Yarn Planets
  • Moon Art
  • Galaxy Shirt DIY Weekend Fun

June 22nd Discover Stories from Space

  • Summer Skies Marshmallow Constellations
  • Moonwalk Freeze game!

June 24th Life in Space with Astronauts

  • Astronaut Challenge Game!
  • Astronaut Pudding

Recap: Summer Reading Program Week 1

Ready, Set, Adventure!
Our first week of our Summer Reading Program is off to a fantastic start!

Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.On Monday, we discovered that fish, snakes, and squirrels can fly… did you know that? We put our builders’ hats on and constructed birdhouses to hang in our trees.  We also made a 5-minute feather out of ribbon. We flew on the back of Hercules, an eagle, as he soared into the sky, with the help of cameras but of course.

On Wednesday, we were joined by Terry Jones, a Wildlife Rehabilitator, who took us on a tour of her back yard to visit her baby raccoon nursery and took a quick peek at her baby bunnies. Terry even introduced us to her 20-year-old horse. We ended our time together creating a very special Heart Raccoon Craft.

On Friday, Allison the 2022 Iowa Honeybee Queen stopped by for a visit. We discovered that a honeybee has 3 million hairs, the same as a squirrel. We finished up by making our very special Jiffy-Pots Bumblebee Mini Garden and enjoyed delicious pancakes in the shape of monkeys and bumblebees. Without a doubt, this week was full of making new discoveries and meeting new friends!

Coming up next week:

Around the World in a Week!

June 13th Cool Artist from Around the World

  • Claude Monet’s Water Lily Water Art
  • Kandinsky Concentric Circle Art
  • Pablo Picasso Giraffe Ruler Art
  • Cherry blossom Tree of Art

June 15th ALOHA Hawaii Awaits!

  • Hawaiian Lei

June 17th Trip to Africa!

  • African Spin Drum
  • Edible Crayons

Library News Podcast: June 2022

Join library staff for June’s Library News podcast which features information about the library’s Summer Reading Program, a Pride Month reading list, information about training available to educators from our Instructional Materials Center, announcing Iowa’s Braille Challenge finalists and information on great upcoming programs.

May Makerspace Monday Recap and What’s Next = Summer Reading Program

Makerspace Monday @ The PlaygroundWe did it! The May’s Makerspace Bowl Stamping Workshop was a success! We rolled nearly 1 pound of airdry clay into what appeared to be a delicious, tasty pie crust. We smooshed and squished until finishing up with the perfect thickness and began to add our mark! This was the best part of the night; we pressed each stamp and danced each style all over the top! With the help of our cereal bowl transformed flatten clay into a bowl of its own.

This time together has come to a quiet halt but will start back up on September 12th. We will have fresh new ideas, and maybe a few of our favorites from the past.

In the meantime, our Summer Reading Program sign up is open!

Ready, Set, Adventure!Image of a blue dragon sniffing a flower.

June 6th – July 29th 
Virtually Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:00pm – 1:45pm

For youth (0 – 18 years old)

Online Registration

This Summer Reading Program will have 24 sensational programs full of crafts, food, science, adventure!

  • Mondays – Double Craft Mondays
  • Wednesdays – Story Prompt Wednesday
  • Fridays – Food Frenzy Fridays

Upon sign up participants will receive:

  • a TEAM Summer t-shirt personalized with your name in Braille or Large Print
  • Passes to the Blank Park Zoo
  • a 9-piece puzzle set [which by the way, if all the pieces are earned you win a grand prize]
  • Braille Uno Game cards
  • Mystery prizes you will have to wait and see

Interested in learning more don’t hesitate to ask!

Contact Denise Bean at or 515-452-1338