Tween Time | 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays | 3 p.m.
Come hang out while we talk about cool things and have some fun. Tweens are invited to join on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. For Ages 9-12.
- September 14th & 21st
- October 12th & 19th
- November 16th & 23rd
- December 14th & 21st
Word Wizards | TBD | 3:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Word Wizards is a club where kids can get together, learn about creative writing, work on fun writing exercises, discuss what they’re writing (and reading), and be inspired to make writing a habit. The club meets once a month and is geared towards children 2nd grade and up, but anyone who is interested in storytelling can join (it is helpful to be able to independently write in full sentences).
Wonderful World of Movies Wednesdays
Starting in September, every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., join us for a movie in the youth department! Youth staff will select movies and documentaries in the youth collection to show but will also take requests into consideration. See you there!
Cedar Valley Arboretum Storytime | August 17th | 10:30 a.m.
Join us for Storytime at the Arboretum with Miss Bekah as she read stories in the children’s garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read (weather permitting) with time for questions as well.
This event is free with regular admission: $7 for adults (ages 18+), $4 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free. Please contact the arboretum at 319-226-4966 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Rainbow Pride Storytime | August 27th | TBD| Pride Fest
Puffy Hair Program/Storytime with Shar Roorda | September 13 | 10:30 a.m.
Join us for storytime with author Shar Roorda. She’ll read her book Puffy Hair Everywhere and speak to kids and parents about feeling empowered by how you style and wear your hair.
Storytime with Lisa Woodruff | September 24th| 10:30 a.m.
Lisa Woodruff is a dietitian, food allergy mom, and Cedar Valley native. Her first book Be a Food Allergy Helper! came out in May 2022. Join us as she reads her book and discusses the impact food allergy has on children and their families.
Be A Food Allergy Helper! is narrated by Rebel and Sam, two kids that like to eat ice cream and watch baseball games. But when their little brother Luca has an allergic reaction to peanuts, their family must learn what foods he can eat and how to keep him safe. This book includes a list of actions that all children can use to become Food Allergy Helpers, which is what I call friends of the food allergy community.
Camp Half-Blood Escape Room |August 17-19 | Conference Room
Attention campers! It’s Friday evening, and you know that means: Capture the Flag! The Athena cabin is issuing a new type of Capture the Flag challenge. Instead of capturing and winning the flag through wit and combat at Zeus’ Fist, it will be won purely through wit. They’ve hidden the flag somewhere on the campgrounds, and it is up to you to figure out how to acquire it. The catch? They’re only giving campers a limited amount of time to capture the flag. Are you willing to accept this challenge? Please contact the youth department at email@example.com or 319-268-3282 to register. For ages 9+
Art Step-By-Step | August 25th | 4:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join Miss Chelsea as she leads you through how to paint your own work of art. By following the instructions step-by-step kids will be able to create their own paintings to take home. Canvases and art supplies will be provided. Registration required. For children ages 8 – 12.
Fall Big Woods Lake StoryWalk®
Take a nice walk around Big Woods Lake and enjoy the story Sheepish:(Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon.
Zine Machine: A DIY Workshop | September 7th | 3:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join us as we explore the creative world of zine-making! We’ll get inspired and work individually or collaboratively to make our very own zines. You’ll have the opportunity to have copies of your unique creations in the library! Geared towards tweens (ages 9-12). Registration recommended, but not required.
Zine Machine: A DIY Workshop, Family Session | September 10th | 2:30 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join us as we explore the creative world of zine-making! We’ll get inspired and work individually or collaboratively to make our very own zines. You’ll have the opportunity to have copies of your unique creations in the library! Geared towards kids, but fun for the whole family! Registration recommended, but not required.
Zine Machine: A DIY Workshop| Saturday, Oct 1 at 2:30 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join us as we explore the creative world of zine-making! We’ll get inspired and work individually or collaboratively to make our very own zines. You’ll have the opportunity to put copies of your zines in the library where people browsing for books can take a look at your unique creations! Geared towards teens (13+)! 10 spots available each session, Registration Required.
Take the whole family out to Big Woods Lake StoryWalk® and enjoy a winter story. Learn more about our StoryWalk® here.