Adult Summer Library Program 2022

Welcome to Cedar Falls Public Library’s adult summer library program!  Whether you’re a busy caregiver participating in summer reading with your children, or an adventurous reader seeking a challenge, you can earn some great rewards when you log your reading with us! 

This summer we challenge you to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new: read a new genre, try a new format, explore a new place, or test out a new hobby. All types of reading count, whether it’s a physical book, electronic book, or audio book. Choose your own route to complete the program with any combination of reading days, book badges, and activity badges! Daily 15-20 minute reading sessions earn 1 point for each day logged. Book badges with specific themes are worth 1 point each and activity badges are worth 5 points each.  Participants who earn 20 points will receive a library carabiner keychain and those who earn 40 points will also receive an aluminum water bottle. Plot your summer reading path, then get out there and explore!

You can can keep track of your reading & activities through Beanstack. Pre-registration for our Summer Library Program opens the beginning of June. However, reading logged before June 6th does not count.

Paper logs available upon request.

*Participants will be notified in August when prizes are available for pick up at the first floor service desk.



Tuesday mornings: Walking book discussion | 8:30-9:30 am | In front of the library              Every Tuesday morning walk and talk about books/movies/podcasts that everyone is reading/seeing, or listening to. Meet outside of the library entrance.

June 6 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts: Hand-lettering | 6:30-8:00 pm | Co-Lab       Take your scrapbooking and letter writing up a notch with a hand lettering class. Candice Warby from Whimsical Twist will teach you the foundational strokes and lead you through some basic practice. Each participant will receive a workbook and markers to take home to continue their practice. Space is limited and registration is required. You can see examples of Candice’s beautiful work on storefronts in both downtown Cedar Falls and Waterloo. *Registration is required. Click here to register!

June 7 | SummerFest | 6:00-8:00 pm | Library Parking Lot                                                              Kickoff to summer reading and the 40th anniversary celebration of the Friends of the Library! There will be carnival games with prizes for all ages, inflatable games, and a foam party! You can also register your preschooler for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

June 13 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts:Macramé | 6:30-7:15 pm and 7:30-8:15 pm | Co-Labexamples of macramé knots                        If you are feeling the tug of nostalgia for hand knotted friendship bracelets, then this is the class for you. Hearst Center for the Arts instructor Shelby Davis will teach participants how to tie macramé. Each participant will make a bracelet or keychain and leave with the skills to tackle more challenging projects. *Registration is required. Projects will be the same at each session. Click here to register for the 6:30 session! Click here to register for the 7:30 session!

June 14 | Cycling our Recreational Trail Systems: A Local’s Perspective | 7:00-8:00 pm | Meeting Room    An experienced local cycling enthusiast will offer an introduction to our local hard and soft trails, provide tips, address etiquette, and answer your questions about riding around Cedar Falls and Waterloo.

June 20 | The Real Beals |  9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. | Community Center  A unique husband and wife duo. All Live–No pre-recorded tracks! Jeff sings, plays bass, rhythm, and lead guitar all while simultaneously stomping out the beat on his custom-designed drum set. Nancy adds her top-notch vocals to create an incredible show. Fun for all ages!

June 27 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts: Rock Coasters | 6:30-8:00 pm    example of rock coasters and teapot                 A DIY project. Drop in between 6:30-8:00 to create a rock coaster that is perfect for your camper or deck. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome until the supplies are gone. Click here to register!



Tuesday mornings: Walking book discussion | 8:30-9:30 am | In front of the library                Every Tuesday morning walk and talk about books/movies/podcasts that everyone is reading/seeing, or listening to. Meet outside of the library entrance.

July 11 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts: Screen Printing | 6:30-8:00 pm | Co-Labsummer reading logo of an open book with a tent and the words 'Read beyond the beaten path'Celebrate Camp Co-Lab with screen printing night! Hearst Center for the Arts instructor Kim Williamson will help participants print the summer reading logo on a plain paper journal. Registration preferred, but not required. Journals provided while supplies last. Participants should wear old clothes in case of ink staining. Click here to register!

July 18 | Fonziba Drums!: African Drumming and Culture | 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. | Meeting Room  Learn about the culture and home life of a typical West African family while watching Fonziba’s delightful eighteen-minute documentary, Gifts from Mother Africa, about her trip to Mali and the Ivory Coast. Immediately following the video, Fonziba leads a fun question and answer session.

Fonziba will invite everyone to play one of her thirty hand-carved jembe drums from the Ivory Coast and experience first-hand what it is like to be in a West African drum band. To make sure everyone can join in, Fonziba will bring hand-held percussion instruments for anyone too shy to drum and teaches body-percussion rhythms to play along with the drumming.  Everyone present, from tiny tots to grandparents, will be drawn into the rhythm, energy, and pure fun.

At the end of the program, explore Fonziba’s African Home Display, which contains many items used in the average African home for cooking, eating, cleaning, washing, sitting, and sleeping.

July 19 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts: Zentangle | 6:30-8:00 pm | Co-Lab      example of zentangle art                                              Create images using structured patterns with this creative method!  Angela Orr will walk participants through how to use this method to create a bookmark. Materials will be provided to take home and practice creating unique works of art! *Registration is required. Click here to register!

July 19 | Beyond the Beaten Path: Beginner’s Guide to Exploring Outdoors |  6:30-8:00 pm | Meeting Room Hartman Reserve Nature Center naturalists will share their expertise and knowledge of nature to provide an introduction to the outdoors. They will cover things like dangerous plants, map reading, native wildlife, and other survival skills that can come in handy when exploring new trails and environments.

July 25 | Camp Co-Lab Crafts: Felt succulents | 6:30-8:00 pm | Co-Lab examples of felt succulents in glass jars examples of felt succulents This is a DIY craft night. Create your own felt succulents. You can use our templates or create your own. If you have any small special jars or pots you would like to use, feel free to bring those along. (Oui yogurt jars are the perfect size.) Registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome until the supplies are gone. Click here to register!

July 26 | Intro to Basic Mapmaking | 6:00-7:30 pm | Co-Lab                                              Mapmaking for fun and professional development with Rob Green (MA, MLIS). Rob will discuss how he got his start in cartography and how he now uses those skills to help non-profits and other groups create unique, specialized maps. Participants will learn about the digital tools of the trade and techniques for drawing their own maps. For teens and adults. *Registration is required. Click here to register!

CF History Virtual Scavenger Hunt | June-July | Cedar Falls
Use the hints provided to find these locations throughout Cedar Falls. Then, snap a photo, and post it to social media with these hashtags: #findcfhistory #cflibraryscavengerhunt. Can you find them all? Here are the clues.

How does Beanstack work?

First, you need to create a Beanstack account. Parents can also create accounts for their children. Beanstack will automatically direct you to the appropriate challenges for which you can register based on your age. There are challenges for kids, teens, and adults. If you wish to be contacted about prizes and drawings, please include an email address as part of your Beanstack profile. The Beanstack app is available for iOS and Android. If you experience technical problems with the app, please contact Beanstack at

Getting Started

  1. Go to
  2.  Click on the blue “Register an Individual or Family” button.
  3. Fill in the information! If you are a parent registering a child, be sure to enter
    your information in under “Adult Information.” Beanstack allows families to
    be linked together, so that all family members can be accessed with one login.
  4. Once you are registered, you will be taken to your account page. This is where
    you will log your minutes and activities and track the badges you earn!

How to log reading & activities

  1. Go to or download the Beanstack Tracker app for Android
    and iPhone!
  2. Click on the blue “Log Reading and Activities” button in the upper left
    corner or on the blue plus sign in the app.
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen to log whatever you’ve accomplished.
  4. When you hit a reading landmark, you will receive a badge and may be
    eligible for a prize!

Funding for the Adult Summer Library Program is provided by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation: Robert and Shirley Berg fund for use by the Library and the Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library.

Questions? Email: or call the library at 319-273-8643.