Summer 2020: “Imagine Your Story” at a Des Moines Library

Summer 2020: “Imagine Your Story” at a Des Moines Library

Registration is beginning to open for Des Moines area public libraries’ summer reading programs. This year’s theme — “Imagine Your Story” — focuses on fairy tales and folktales, encouraging children to think about what their life story is going to be or has been.

As social distancing measures continue, you may see a few changes to your local library’s summer reading program. With chances for face-to-face contact limited or absent, many will be offering alternative plans for hosting events and recording reading goals virtually. 

One thing will never change, books open new worlds to children. This summer encourage your child to cultivate a love of reading with these incentive programs from local libraries!

Editor’s Note: Not all public libraries had announced their summer reading program plans at post date.  We will continue to update this list as they’re published. 

To find even more kid-friendly summer fun, be sure to visit our Calendar and Summer Fun Guide

Summer 2020: “Imagine Your Story” at Your Local Library –

Summer Reading Programs at Public Libraries in the Des Moines Area:

Altoona Public Library

The Altoona Public Library will kick off their summer reading program on Monday, June 1st.  They will be hosting an online version of the reading program and reading will be tracked through Beanstack. More information will be posted at a later date.

Clive Public Library

Clive Public Library’s summer reading program starts on Monday, June 1, 2020 and will run through August 31, 2020.  Reading Programs are for Infants and Toddlers; Pre-school through Teens and Adults.  Readers can earn prizes and pick up treat bags through their curbside service.

Des Moines Public Library

DMPL’s summer reading challenge will begin on July 1st, this year.  They will be announcing details soon, so be sure to watch their website and social media sites for additional information.    

Grimes Public Library

This years’ Summer Reading Program at the Grimes Public Library runs from June 1 to July 31, 2020 and will be completely online. Reading and math challenges are available on Beanstack and events will be posted both on the website and Facebook.

Indianola Public Library

Keep track of your reading this summer May 29th through July 25th with Indianola Public Library’s new online challenge. Win spins on their super-cool prize wheel for reading AND for doing activities throughout the summer. Complete the reading challenge and win a fantastical ceramic bank that you can decorate yourself. 

Johnston Public Library

The Johnston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program begins May 30, 2020 and will run for seven weeks. Kids can earn prizes this summer by reading and completing early literacy activities.  Paper logs can be picked up at the Johnston Public Library during open hours beginning May 30 or you can join virtually by registering on ReaderZone.

Pleasant Hill Public Library

Read with the Pleasant Hill Public Library this summer.  They have grab and go storytime kits and summer reading logs available for all ages during their curb-side pick up hours: Monday 12:00 to 1:00 pm; Wednesday 5:00 to 6:00 pm; and Thursday 10:00 to 11:00 am.  Please contact the library if you would like to pick up a reading log.  Also, keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for fun activities and virtual events.

Urbandale Public Library

The Urbandale Public Library will once again host a summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults June 1 – August 31, 2020.  You can track your reading minutes through the BeanStack app or print a paper log on their website.  You’ll earn a prize once you’ve tracked 15 days of reading, and another at 30 days. Contact the library for directions on how to claim your prize. 

Waukee Public Library

Read, dream, and imagine your story this summer at home with the Waukee Public Library. Their summer reading program will look a little different this year as they do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy but it will be just as fun! They will still have great programs that you can attend and activities you can do – all online June 1 – July 31, 2020.

West Des Moines Public Library

Summer Reading Club begins at the West Des Moines Library on May 18th and continues through the end of July. Register on the Beanstack app or website to track your reading progress. If you prefer a paper log, there is one available in the app to download and print at home. Be sure to watch their website for other online events they will be offering throughout summer.



Will you be signing your kids up for a summer reading program at a Des Moines area public library? 

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