Free Youth & Family Programs
Summer Reading Program
See summer reading page (updated each year in May). The library offers a summer reading program for all ages. The summer reading program is a combination of a summer-long (June through August) reading incentive program (where kids can earn points that they trade for prizes), as well as an extensive schedule of special activities geared toward a variety of ages in June and July. A teen and adult summer reading program are also offered. The theme for the 2020 summer reading program is “Imagine Your Story.”
Storytime Session – for preschoolers & their parents/caregivers
Storytime is mostly held year round, with the exception of the months of May and August (and a week or two around the winter holidays). Storytime is held on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. and features songs, stories, and fingerplays on a theme. Children of all ages are welcome, with a caregiver. Daycare/preschools groups are asked to pre-register to bring groups of 8 or more children. Please feel free to talk with youth staff about your child’s readiness for storytime, and/or what to expect. Occasional weekend or Evening Storytimes are are offered, as well.
Toddlers & 2s
Held in sessions, a few times per year for parents of babies & toddlers through 36 months. Pre-registration required at 754-5738, ext. #3; space limited. The programs feature stories & songs for little, active ones, with the majority of the time is informal play and interaction. Older siblings are allowed as space (and the child’s ability to keep the atmosphere developmentally appropriate for the little ones) permits.
Offered at the library in the blue activity room (see Events calendar for schedule) and offers a chance for free, imaginative play with giant blocks, Legos, a kitchen set, dollhouse, and more. Toys are geared toward 3-7 year olds who attend with a caregiver. Children younger than 3 may attend (with the caregiver being aware that all toys are not suitable for toddlers/babies). Groups (daycares, programs, etc.) may “book” a Play Day time (supervised by the organization’s staff) during certain times of the week (call 641-754-5738, ext. 3 to schedule.)
Small Talk is an award-winning series of free class for parents of babies ages birth to 30 months, in which you’ll learn simple strategies to talk, read, and, and sing more with your baby and help your baby’s brain grow. There are 8 to 12 families in each class, beginning in the fall. For more information, please pick up an FAQ sheet at the youth desk at the library, or contact us to send you info via email.
Players of Pokemon meet on Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., year round, in the blue activity room in the youth area to play these games. Players bring their own cards and league play is supervised by league volunteers. Instruction about how to play offered informally, as time permits. Players are encouraged to keep their items in their possession at all times, and to not bring expensive electronics to league play. Occasionally, tournaments are planned as special events.
Occasional music programs for families with babies, toddlers & preschoolers where children can come to library in their pajamas and enjoy hands-on instrument and active music play.
Special events are planned for a variety of ages throughout the year. See the online calendar, or flyers in the library for special upcoming events. All library programs and activities are free. Musicians, hands-on activities, author visits, arts programs, book discussions, and book character parties are a few examples of past special events.
Annual Special Events
Some programs occur each year at the library. These include Trick or Treat Storytime, where kids can wear costumes to storytime and parade around to receive treats. A Holiday Cookie Decorating event for families is held each December. Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (April 30 or late April) celebrates all of our community’s children and the importance of reading in their lives with fun activities and a free book to keep for each child.
Note about GROUPS visiting the library
For the best experience for both groups and the general public, the library requires any non-related group of 8 or more to please schedule their visit by calling the library at 754-5738. This policy applies to both programmed visits (where library staff leads a tour or provides another program) as well as less formal visits (just bringing a group to use the library facilities or check out.)
On Demand Programs
On demand programming is open to any group, including classes, clubs (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts), homeschoolers, etc. as the schedule of youth staff allows. On Demand Programs include everything from tours, storytimes, requested themed programs, “how to use the library,” to “book talks” on a special topic or age range, and more.
Outreach to Preschool Centers
Involves a youth staff person presenting a storytime program at the preschool, as schedules permit. Please call Joa at 754-5738, ext. 3 to discuss your program request and schedule a time.