by on May 22nd, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library’s Children’s Summer Reading Program begins June 1.fizz, boom, read

Fizz, Boom, Read – the theme for this year’s program for babies and children through sixth-grade – merges reading with children’s natural curiosity in a combination designed to promote reading, creativity, and fun.

Beginning June 1, children can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Library or online at Each participant will receive a game card to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals.

The game card for babies and toddlers promotes early childhood literacy skills. Prizes – a stuffed animal and a board book – are awarded for every 10 activities completed. After the game card is finished, turn it in to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize: a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights.

Students in pre-school through sixth-grade also receive a game card when they register for Fizz, Boom, Read, with three levels of prizes – coupons from sponsors, a book, and a backpack – to keep participants motivated. Every student who turns in their completed game card will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

Fizz, Boom, Read also has a Bonus Game Card for students who finish early and want to keep reading. Completing the game card will result in more entries for the grand prize.

In addition to the game cards, all summer reading program participants can attend weekly storytimes and special programs at the Library, including Tweens on Tuesday every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (crafts and fun for tween age kids beginning June 10); Little Beakers every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (a special program for preschoolers beginning June 12); and Knowledge Seekers at 2 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 12, for school-age children. A complete listing of programs can be found at and on the back each game card.

Fizz, Boom, Read continues through Aug. 2. For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.


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