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Join us for another fun summer full of performers, crafts, scavenger hunts, special programming, and, of course, reading! Pre-registration for our Summer Library Program will be available beginning in mid-May. However, reading logged before June 5th does not count. You can register by calling or emailing the youth desk or through Beanstack

Who can sign up for the Teen Summer Library Program? Teens who are 13 or going into 7th grade can participate. There is also an Adult Summer Program available for anyone over the age of 18.

How does it work? We challenge you to read 15-20 minutes a day. Log the days you read on Beanstack or on our paper log. For every 15 days you read, you earn one free book. You can log your days either through our paper >Summer Reading Log 2023 or virtually through Beanstack. Also, you can complete activities to earn virtual badges.

What events/programs will there be this summer? Here is our >Teen Summer Calendar. See the Youth Summer Reading page for more information about our performers and keep scrolling to learn more about the teen programs.


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 days/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!

Summer Reading 2023 Programs

Teen Craft Corner | June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 | 2:00 p.m. | Co-Lab

Join us in making a different craft each session!  Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.  No registration required.

So You Want To Be A… | June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Meeting Room

How do you find your voice?  Listen to how a variety of people in the Cedar Valley found their voice through their hobbies and work.  Presenters might be a radio DJ, hula hooper, tattoo artist, and more!  Come and explore their passions with us and maybe find your new way to express your voice!  Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.  No registration required.

Minecraft Night | June 7 & 21, July 12 & 26 | 5:00 p.m. | Meeting Room

Meeting Room.  All ages!  Join us for a night of Minecraft with NirvanaOnline! Registration required if you need access to a Minecraft account and computer. If you have BOTH a Minecraft account and laptop computer you can bring in, registration is not necessary.

Teen Tie Dye | June 9th | 2:00 p.m. | Co-Lab/Outside if weather permits

Share your style by tie-dying a one-of-a-kind shirt that’s unique to you!  Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.  Registration required - please register here.

This is an event that utilizes dye.  Please wear clothes you are comfortable getting dye on in case that happens.  The library does not take responsibility for accidentally dyed clothing.

All Iowa Reads Virtual Author Visit: Angeline Boulley | June 15th | 2:00 p.m. | Co-Lab

Established in 2003, the purpose of All Iowa Reads is to foster a sense of unity through reading. Iowans are encouraged to come together in their communities to read and talk about a single book title in the same calendar year. All Iowa Reads consists of three programs, each with one title chosen per year: adults, teens ages 12-18, and kids ages 8-12.

The Teen (ages 12-18) Program Selection this year is Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley.

Anime Club | June 17th & July 22nd | 2:00 p.m. | Teen Room

Open to all teens ages 12-18 who are in grades 7-12! New to anime?  Are you a seasoned pro?  Join us in watching some anime while indulging in Japanese snacks!

No registration required.

360 Degrees of Creativity Art Club | June 26th & July 31st | 6:30 p.m. | Teen Room

Join our Teen Advisory Board-hosted Art Club!  Come work on your art in a quiet and relaxing space.  Feel free to do your art solo or collaborate with others!  Prompts will be provided if you're facing an artist block!  Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.  No registration required.

Teen Nailed It–Cupcake Edition | July 7th | 3:00 p.m. | Co-Lab

Do you have what it takes to make the best cupcake?  Try your hand at making the best cupcake this side of town!  Will yours be wacky?  Elegant?  A representation of your favorite fandom?  That's for you to decide! 

Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.Registration required.

Teen Zine Workshop | July 19th | 6:00 p.m. | Teen Room

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 creations in the library. No registration is required, just drop in and check it out. Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade.

Teen Solar Oven S’mores | July 21st | 2:00 p.m. | Meet in Teen Room

Join us in harnessing the power of the sun to make some ooey, gooey s'mores!  After creating your solar oven, take it home to impress your family!  Dress for the weather.  Rain date is Thursday, July 27 at the same time.

Open to all teens 12-18 years old and in 7-12 grade. Registration required.

Book Discussion Group

Do you have an interest in reading and a need to talk about what you’ve read with others? One of the joys of reading, besides being swept up in narrative, is being able to gather with others who have shared this reading experience, discussing themes and overall impressions. Youth Department staff lead two monthly book discussion groups, one for grades 7-9 and another (coming soon!) for grades 10-12 during the school year (September-May).  Interested in joining? To register and arrange a pickup for the book and activity, please email the youth desk at or call the youth desk at 319-859-3282.

7th-9th Grade Book Club

  • May 24th at 4:15p.m.: Teen Choice!: The Last Cuentista by Donna Babra Higuera OR Sorry For Your Loss by Joanne Levy
  • Will resume in September!

10th-12th Grade Book Club


  • Stay home and play video games on any of the current gaming consoles! Or any retro console you have available.
  • Game systems available: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. We also have the previous generation of consoles and you can play on the PCs in the teen room if you want!
  • If there is no staff member present, console gaming will not be allowed. 
  • Effective June 5th, 2018: Teens will need their library card number in order to use one of the computers in the YA room. If you do not have a library card, you can get a guest pass from the teen librarian. 

  • Like to play Minecraft? We have Minecraft on our youth and teen computers. Ask a librarian at the desk to help you login to play.

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