Storytimes, crafts, guest lectures and, of course, books are just some of the events scheduled for the Iowa City Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which will be held June 1 through Aug. 9.
Participants can sign up for one of three reading programs:
Every Hero Has a Story is for babies and children ages birth through sixth-grade.
Participants 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, with prizes – a bath squirt toy and a board book — awarded for every 10 activities completed. Completed game cards are turned in to be entered in the drawing for the grand prize: a $50 gift card to Prairie Lights.
The pre-school through sixth-grade game card has three levels of prizes – food and activity coupons, a book and a T-shirt – to keep participants motivated. Every student who turns in their completed game card will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a $150 gift card.
In addition to the game cards, Every Hero Has a Story 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 third- through sixth-grade students beginning June 9); Caped Crusaders every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (a special program for preschoolers beginning June 11); and Masked Marvels at 2 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 11, for school-age children.
A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org.
Unmasked is the teen program for students in grades seventh through 12th.
Unmasked participants will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Teens can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events. Participants will receive a book when they turn in their completed card, which is then entered into a drawing for one of four $50 gift cards to Marcus Theaters; Prairie Lights; Gamers; or Pancheros.
A trivia contest, book club discussion, movies and games are included in the lineup for teen Summer Reading Program activities, beginning with Making Comic Books with Jonathan Sims at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4. A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org and on the back of each bookmark.
Everyday Heroes is the adult program.
Each participant will receive an oversized bookmark to track their progress in meeting summer reading goals. Adults can either read five books, or read three books and attend two Summer Reading Program events to complete their bookmark. Participants will receive a book when they turn in their completed card, which is entered into a drawing for one of four grand prizes:
- A one-year membership to FilmScene
- A $50 Downtown Iowa City gift certificate
- A $50 gift certificate to A & A Pagliai’s Pizza
- A pair of 2-hour Paddle Passes at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
Movies, book discussions, and hands-on presentations are among the list of adult Summer Reading Program activities, including an evening with Olympic Gold Medalists Dan Gable and Tom Brands. The former and current University of Iowa wrestling coaches will talk about what it takes to be an Olympic competitor at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13. A complete listing of programs can be found at srp.icpl.org and on the back each bookmark.
Anyone who completes their game card or bookmark early and wants to keep going can pick up a Bonus Game Card. Completing the game card will result in a second entry for the grand prize at their program level except babies and toddlers.
The Summer Reading Program is free for all participants. Registration begins May 18. Patrons can either register in-person at the Library, online at srp.icpl.org or during Children’s Day Saturday, June 6. Children’s Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Summer of the Arts Festival.
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.