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 StoryWhat a blast this week entailed from making our very own “Pet Rock” friend and learning about habitats! We got our hands messy with Ellie making Pine Cone Bird Feeders and Feather Bead Necklace.

On July 6th we have a special visitor, Connor, who is going to introduce us to Jellyfish and Sharks, YIKES! I wonder if he has met a Jellyfish up close?  And we can’t wait to visit the Amazon with our Amazon Rain stick. Did you know that it takes 10 minutes for the rain to land on the jungle floor? Yes, that is correct, it is because the jungle canopy is so thick!

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 soon …

Let’s go on an Adventure Around the World Virtual Event!
July 13th, 15th and 17th at 1:00pm

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
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryIt has been a blast of electric fun, as we explored the weather this week and actually met with a real storm spotter. Scott 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!

Now don’t miss out, because next week we are going to Race into Space with Dan Chibnall! Dan will make the sounds of space come alive with excitement!  We will learn all about the stars and galaxies and you will get your very own tactile constellation booklet. To top it all off in a twinkling star fashion we will pretend to be an actual comet while exploring the moon! We will learn about gravity like a real astronaut. They sky is the limit on this week of fun!

June 22 – Guest Speaker Dan Chibnall
June 24 – WIKKI Stick Constellation Design Challenge, Comet Activity
June 26Moon Dough Activity, Gravity Test 1 Water Drop Activity, Gravity Test 2 The Feather and the Ball

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
Denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us

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 denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us or 515.452.1338.

Summer Library Program News

Due to continuing health concerns and our desire to make sure we keep everyone healthy and safe, we will be cancelling our Makerspace Monday on Monday, June 8th and our STEM & Stories Saturday on Saturday, June 20th.  The library will also cancel its extended hours on June 8th and June 20th.

We have Summer Library Program News!

We are offering an incredible online virtual experience. This hands-on learning, includes singing, crafts, STEM learning activities, engaging sounds, reading and exploring new worlds that will openly welcome the unexpected. This Summer Reading Program will be launched on June 15th! Over six weeks there will be 18 virtual events that include, “A Trip Around the World”, “Exploring Nature Together”, “A Week of STEM”, “ANIMALS”, and last but not least “Race into Space”. As an extra treat you will be introduced to a very special guest, the fun is endless.

There are two ways you can track reading for your child. This year we are partnering with Beanstack.  Beanstack allows you to log your minutes and activities in a quick and easy way using the Beanstack website.

If you prefer not to use Beanstack, you can receive a logbook to record the minutes your child will read this summer. Everyone who completes the program by reading 300 minutes and attends all 6 weeks of our incredible virtual summer events will be sent a summer reading t-shirt and certificate.

Register Here for the Summer Reading Program

Read Where You are Day

Today is RRead Where You Areead Where You Are day!  It is the U.S. Department of Education’s annual call to action that encourages everyone to read more outside of school, especially over the summer months. Participating is easy! All you need to do is snap a picture of yourself at your favorite reading spot and use the hashtag #ReadWhereYouAre.

Great Books for On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

Our Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, is a chance to read some great books and earn prizes at the same time.

Here are links to two book lists if you just aren’t sure what to read this summer. The links will take you to our online catalog where you can find out more about the title and if you would like to read it you can place it on hold and we will send it to you.

Summer Picks for 9 to 12 year oldsSoccer

Summer Picks for 13 to 18 year olds

Here is the link to more information about the 2016 Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

2016 Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

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Join us for summer reading fun!

For Children and Teens

Online Registration Form

Online Reading Log

Online Book Review

How to Earn Prizes

Read:

Use the Online Reading Log to submit your time read.

3 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing

9 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing

15 hours = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing

21 hours or more = Earn a prize and a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing

Every 6 hours over 21 hours read earn a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing

Book Reviews:

Complete up to 5 Book Reviews (Online Book Review Form) and earn a chance to enter the Grand Prize Drawing for each review

Booklists:

Watch the online catalog and our blog for lists of great books to read this summer.