Some of the best fun and FREE events this summer are being held in your own backyard at your local library. Their summer reading programs are designed to encourage kids to keep reading during summer vacation, which helps prevent the “summer slide”. And, library calendars are jam-packed with both fun and educational programs that cater to a wide variety of kid’s interests.
In addition, to the events happening at the library, remember that you can check out an “Adventure Pass”, which gets you into local attractions for FREE!
This year’s programming theme for local libraries is “A Universe of Stories” so get prepared for take-off and ready to launch into a summer of learning!
Summer Fun at Local Libraries in Des Moines:
The Altoona Public Library will kick off their summer reading program on Saturday, June 1st with a Summer Kick Off party. Attendees will have the opportunity to register early for some of the library’s top summer events like Astronaut Training, that’s taking place on June 27th.
Registration for Clive Public Library’s summer reading program starts on Monday, May 20, 2019. Launch into many adventures at the Library with their “Out of this World Wednesdays” and “Thursday Night Fun” with events happening each week June through August.
DMPL’s summer reading challenge begins on June 3rd. Visit any of the branches to sign up. Libraries will also have entertaining programs such as, live entertainment, animal encounters plus book clubs and plenty of creative art projects. Visit the Des Moines Public Library’s website for a full calendar of events.
This years’ summer reading program at the Grimes Public library runs from June 3rd –July 26th, 2019. In addition, to the summer reading challenge they will host performers, programs, prizes, and lots of fun for babies to adults.
The Indianola Library will be launching their summer reading program with a Summer Kickoff on Friday, May 30, 2019. They’ll have food trucks, live music and lawn games. The Library will also be hosting weekly programs, special events and story walks for kids to add to the summer fun.
The Johnston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program – “Spark a Story” runs May 28th through July 7th. Kids can earn prizes this summer by reading and completing early literacy activities and enjoy numerous events for kids of all ages. Sign up at the Youth Services Desk and pick up your reading log.
Join the Kirkendall Public Library for a number of events and activities throughout the summer. Sign-up for their summer reading program at the Kid’s Desk.
Read and have fun this summer at the Pleasant Hill Public Library. All ages are welcome to sign up on June 1, 2019 to earn prizes for reading and enjoy library programs offered throughout the summer.
Urbandale Public Library’s 2019 summer reading program will run from June 1st through August 2nd. They will also offer one-time, special events for early learners, school-age kids, and their families. Be sure to watch their events calendar for more details.
“Explore the Universe” this summer at the Waukee Library. Participate in their summer reading challenge or attend a fun event like Space Warrior Academy, check out constellations in the Star Lab or attend Astronaut Training Camp.
Summer Reading Club begins at the West Des Moines Library on May 20th and continues through the end of July. They’ll end their summer programming on a high note with their Final Party Carnival on July 27th.
Are your kids ready for a Universe of Stories this summer at a local library in Des Moines?