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
- This particular Tween Time will center around learning about and making our own zines. Tweens will get the opportunity to have their zines on display at the library! For ages 9-12. No registration required.
- September 21st
- October 12th & 19th
- November 16th & 23rd
- December 14th & 21st
Word Wizards | 1st Wednesday of the month | 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, and be inspired to make writing a habit. The club meets once a month and is geared towards children in 2nd grade and up, but anyone who is interested in storytelling can join (it’s helpful to be able to independently write in full sentences). Registration Required.
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 | 12:30 p.m.| Cedar Valley 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 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 also get the opportunity to have your creations on display in the library! Geared towards kids, but fun for the whole family! Registration recommended, but not required.
Hobbit Party | Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
Let’s Get Batty! | Thursday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
How many bugs do bats eat each night? What kind of bats live in Iowa? Whether you think bats are cool or creepy this program is for you. Join us and our friend Katie, from the Hartman Nature Center, to learn all about bats and how awesome they are! Open to kids of all ages. Kids.
Spooky Story Contest | September 26-October 24
Submit your scariest story to our contest for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Submissions should be 500 words or less and fit an eerie October theme. Prizes will be provided in the K – 3rd Grade category and the 4th – 6th Grade category. Please submit your stories as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 on October 24th so they can be considered for the contest. Contest winners will be announced Monday, October 31sth, and posted on the Library’s social media.
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 get the opportunity to have creations on display in the library! Geared towards teens (13+). Registration recommended, but not required.
Spooky Puppet Show | Thursday, October 6 at 4:30 p.m.| Youth Department
Join us in the youth department for a spoooooooky puppet show!
Interactive Movie: Hocus Pocus | Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.| Meeting Room
Experience the movie Hocus Pocus like never before! Everyone gets an interactive script and a bag filled with props and snacks. Before you start the movie, practice the bonus actions as a group warm-up. This is a fun multigenerational program. Registration is required if you’d like the bag filled with props and snacks. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to watch the film.
Spooky Storytime | Thursday, October 27@ 4:30 p.m. | Youth Department
Does your little ghost or goblin want some chilling fun? Then join us for Spooky Storytime where we’ll sing creepy songs and read scary fun books. Costumes are encouraged. Ages 3-6
Take the whole family out to Big Woods Lake StoryWalk® and enjoy a winter story. Learn more about our StoryWalk® here.
What happens to the pumpkins after Fall is over? They sort of look like they are melting. It’s called decomposition. At this program we will learn about decomposition, meet our composting worms and put our own pumpkin in a jar to get ready to decompose. Throughout the Fall and Winter, stop back in the youth department to watch our pumpkin go through the decomposition process! For kids grades 2-6. Registration required.
Tree Trim | December 4-31 | Youth Department
Enjoy creating winter crafts each week. For Kids.
Winter Puppet Show | Thursday, December 15 at 4:30 p.m. | Youth Department
Join us in the youth department for a puppet show! For families.
Paper Snowflake Program | Tuesday, December 20 at 4:30 p.m. | TBD
Are you ready for snow, winter, and the holidays? Join Miss Chelsea at the library where she’ll show you how to create paper snowflakes and other fun paper holiday crafts. Grades 1st -5th.