Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWhat a blast this week learning about jellyfish and sharks and making our very own Amazon Rain Stick!

Don’t forget to join Bob White at IDB Read Kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm as he begins a new book called, Howliday by James Howe!

Coming Next Week…

Let’s go on an Adventure Around the World Virtual Event!
July 13th, 15th and 17th at 1:00pm
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat breakfast in Australia, or better yet, make a new friend from Australia?  Pack your suitcase we are going on a trip to visit other countries.

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian

Summer Reading program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryHere at our Youth Library with all of our library friends has been a blast of electric fun!

In the first week of our Summer Reading Program we explored the weather and met with a real storm spotter Scott who taught us a few tricks in predicting the weather! We also made pinwheels, and learned all about what happens when you put soap in the microwave and so much more!

In the second week, our library friends Raced into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan made space come alive with excitement! To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we explored the sun, which by the way is a star, and discovered how craters form on the moon!

We also had a great time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00pm listening to Bob White, a volunteer narrator, read from the book Bunnicula by James Howe.  Feel free to join us and listen to the story during IDB Read Kids.  The sky is the limit on all the fun this Summer Reading Program has in store for everyone!

Join us next week for our Animal Virtual Events.  We are going to have a roaring good time!

  • June 29th:  Pet Rock Activity and Recipe Fun “Dog Chow”
  • July 1st:  Pine Cone Bird Feeder and Feather Bead Necklace Frenzy
  • July 6th:  Jellyfish, Sharks and Amazon Rain Stick Activity

To see the full Summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!

Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian

The Summer Reading Program Is Here!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryJoin us at the Library for a great summer of STEM and Fun. The Summer Reading Program begins June 15th!

The Summer Reading Program includes hands-on learning, singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, reading and more.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “Learning About the Weather”, “Get Ready to Race Into Space”, “Animals”, “Adventure Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together” and “A Week of STEM”. Participants will receive a packet with the items needed to do the activities each week. If you are unable to attend a virtual event, activities and videos will be provided on the Summer Reading Program blog page.

IDB Read Kids will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., join us as our guest narrator Bob White reads Bunnicula and Howliday Inn by James Howe.

You can also use Beanstack to track your reading throughout the summer. Our Beanstack site includes educational activities like; cool sounds, exciting activities, exploration and learning.  It also allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.  Earn badges and much more!  If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer.

Check out the Summer Reading Blog Page for registration information and more!

Questions? Contact Youth Services Librarian, Denise Bean at or 515.452.1338.

Cozy Mystery and a Scone

Detective magnifying class with finger printsOne of the IDB Read groups has been reading cozy mysteries by H.Y. Hanna. What is a cozy mystery you ask? According to Wikipedia, “cozy mysteries, also referred to as ‘cozies’, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.”

The Oxford Tearoom Mysteries by H.Y. Hanna center around Gemma Rose and her tearoom near Oxford in England. Gemma is trying to get her newly established tearoom off the ground, but trouble and dead bodies keep getting in her way. This series comes with a fun, interesting set of characters, a pesky, entertaining cat and of course, a love interest or two. Your mouth will water as the author describes delectable scones, muffins and delicious dinners. You’ll soon want to start baking your own pastries. Well, we’ve got you covered. Below is a recipe for a classic English scone from Plated Cravings (

The IDB Read Cozy Mystery group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm via a conference call to listen to one of our volunteer narrators, Christine Mach, read live. If you would like to be a part of the group, please call the library 515.281.1323 and we will give you the conference call number.


• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 stick cold butter
• 3 tbsp granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 egg beaten

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. In a large bowl mix flour with the salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add the butter, then rub it in with your fingers until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
3. Heat up the milk on the stove until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla and lemon juice, then set aside for a moment. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and put it in the oven.
4. Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture and combine them quickly with a fork.
5. Scatter some flour on the work surface and tip the dough out. Dredge the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Don’t overwork the dough. Pat into a round about 1.5-inch (4cm) high.
6. Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and plunge into the dough, repeat until all the dough is used. You should get 8 scones.
7. Brush the tops with egg wash, then carefully place onto the hot baking tray.
8. Bake for 10-15 mins until risen and golden on the top. Eat just warm or cold on the day of baking generously topped with jam and clotted cream.
If freezing, freeze once cool. Defrost, then put in a low oven for a few minutes until warm.
Calories: 259kcal