Programs & Events

Youth Summer Library Program 2024

Summer Library Program:
June 3 through August 3rd, 2024!

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 3rd does not count. You can register by calling or emailing the youth desk or through Beanstack

Who can sign up for the Youth Summer Library Program? Children ages birth through 6th grade. If you are going into 7th grade, you can participate in our Teen Summer Library Program. 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 minutes either through our paper Summer Reading Log 2024 or virtually through Beanstack. Also, you can complete activities to earn virtual badges.

What events/programs will there be this summer? Keep scrolling to find more information about our performers and programs, or check out our events calendar.

Thank you to the Cedar Falls Community Foundation: Robert & Shirley Berg Fund as well as the Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library for sponsoring our summer program!

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 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!



Animals! with Dr. Bechdel | Thursday, June 6th | 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Meeting Room
Crikey!!  Animals!?  Get exotic with us and Dr. Bechtel (Bec) as we travel deep into the Amazonian region!  Bec will share with us some Peruvian artifacts from the indigenous Maijuna people living on the Amazon River along with some animals that can potentially be found there!  Get your index fingers geared up and ready.... there may be touching involved! Particular animals brought will be determined day-of, so no guarantees can be made on the species of animal. More information on Bec and his work can be found at

Reading is G.R.A.N.D with Juggler Dan Kirk | Thursday, June 27th | 2:00 p.m. | Community Center

Dan Kirk, The Juggler With The Yellow Shoes, is coming to our Library. He is a comic juggler and family entertainment expert from Wisconsin. With a performance on America’s Got Talent and starring in a commercial with Dale Ernhardt Jr., Dan has what it takes to create fun and laughs for all ages. Dan uses audience participation and volunteers to make each performance unique. Dan’s special library shows are super fun, engaging, and funny! You’re gonna love it!

For All Ages.

Happy Birthday, CFPL! | Friday, July 12 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.| CFPL Parking Lot
Join us in celebrating the 20th birthday of CFPL's building! There'll be carnival games, balloons, facepainting, mega foam canons, and lots of fun!  All Ages.

Eric Michaels, Magician | Monday, July 15th | 11:00 a.m. | Community Center
Eric Michaels has been performing magic since he was a child.  Starting with a little ring and a piece of string from his very first magic set, Eric began his journey into the magical world of mystery and excitement.  Since 2003, Eric's show has developed into a one-of-a-kind class act that is jam packed with puzzling magic, audience participation, comedy, live animals, and his beautiful assistant!  Come see what everyone is talking about, it's not just a magic show, it's an experience! Youth, Families

CLIMB Theater presents Country Mouse and City Mouse – Adventures in the Suburbs | Thursday, July 18th | 11:00 a.m. | Meeting Room
This play is a continuation of one of Aesop's best known fables (prior knowledge not required to enjoy!). Since the mouse cousins had such a “gouda” time when they last met, they decided to take their next adventure to more neutral grounds: The Suburbs. Country Mouse wants to explore the new area while City Mouse wants to read, renew, and repeat for a relaxing vacation. Will conflict tear apart their relationship, or will they learn to compro-mice and celebrate their differences? In this play, kids will learn to use their empathy skills and to advocate for their own needs.


Weekly Crafts in the Youth Department

Week 1: Crab
Week 2: Cactus
Week 3: Jellyfish
Week 4: Rainbow
Week 5: Bee
Week 6: Fox
Week 7: Lightning Bug
Week 8: Clam


Scavenger Hunts

 Library Scavenger Hunt | June- July| Youth Department
Find 20 friends hidden throughout the youth department to earn a prize!

Find Fable | Year Round | CFPL

Each night, Fable loves to explore the library, and ends up in some very random spots. Can you find Fable and bring them back to the youth desk?



Summer Storytimes

June 1–July 29, 10:30 a.m
Mondays: Sprout/ Baby Storytime (0–23 months)
Tuesdays: Sapling/ Preschool Storytime (3–5 year-olds)
Wednesdays: Seedling/ Toddler Storytime (2–3 year-olds)
*Most Fridays: Music and Movement (2-5 year-olds)
Saturdays: Grove/Family Storytime (3–5 year-olds)

This summer, we will have one special guest for Music & Movement Storytime:  On Friday, July 26th, Music Together will be leading storytime.

*Sunshine Storytime | Various Fridays, times, and locations
Geared toward toddlers and preschoolers. Get ready to dance and be silly! We'll read books that encourage movement, sing songs, and shake our sillies out! We'll bring the Book Bike to Overman and Washington Park.

  • 6/7: Overman Park at 10:30 a.m.
  • 6/21: The Falls Aquatic Center at 11:30 a.m. **Registration Required**
  • 7/5: Washington Park at 10:30 a.m.
  • 8/2: The Falls Aquatic Center at 11:30 a.m. ** Registration Required**

**If attendees/registrants of the storytimes at The Falls Aquatic Center would like to stay and swim when the pool opens at noon, they can receive reduced admission.

Storytime with K9 Mary and Deputy Karla | Saturday, June  1st | 10:30 a.m. |Storytime Corner
Join us for a special storytime with K9 Mary and her partner Deputy Karla. We'll read books, sing songs, and learn about different jobs dogs can do.
Storytime with an Islandologist! | Tuesday, June 4th | 10:30 a.m. | Storytime Corner
Join us for story time with an Islandologist from Lost Island Themepark! We will read Sneaky Tamariki by local author, M.E. Hartz and learn a song and dance in the Tamariki language.
Spanish Bilingual Storytime | Tuesday, June  18th | 6:30 p.m. |Storytime Corner
Join us for Spanish Bilingual Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and make fun crafts in both English and Spanish! We will be using a lot of repetition to strengthen children's language skills. Bilingual Storytime is a great way to see kids explore new languages and to share the love of reading to native speakers. All ages welcome.
When Storytime Comes to You! with Denise Bean | Tuesday, July 30th | 10:30 a.m. | Storytime Corner
Join us and our guest Denise Bean, the youth librarian at The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, for a special storytime! She'll read Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant and lead you through activities involving Braille!
Story Time guests will receive:

  • Tactile Coloring Pages
  • Secret Code Bookmarks, with your very own name in Braille!
  • Braille Alphabet Cards

*Special Note to Parents: This Storytime will help your child gain a better understanding of how similar each one of us can be; however, we just may do things a little differently.


Elementary-aged programming

Fan Works For Fable | All Summer! 
We'd love to see your fan works of Fable! Send us your artwork and stories of our new mascot, Fable the Fox. We'll feature them on our website and social media. At the end of the summer (beginning of August), we'll draw a winner from the submissions, and the winner will receive a free Fable plushie!
Tween Time | Wednesday, June 12th & July 10th | 3:00 p.m. | Youth Department
This is a social program just for tweens, (for ages 9-12) that entertains, enriches, and empowers. Tweens are invited to drop in and check it out on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of most months at 3-4 p.m. This program is held once a month during June and July and then returns to twice a month starting in September.
June's meeting will be held upstairs in the Co-Lab, we'll be getting messy and making some pour/drip paintings, (dress accordingly). During July's meeting, we'll be decorating donuts!

Sensory Stations for Little Learners| Thursday, June 13th, July 11th, and August 1st | 10:30 a.m. | Youth Department

Join us for some hands-on learning. Children and their caregivers will navigate sensory stations and discover new ways to learn and play. Ages 0-5
What's the Buzz About Bees? |Thursday,  June 13th | 3:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Bees are an important part of the environment. Come learn about bees and explore how bees move pollen around. Youth, Kids grades 1-6
Garden Tea Party | Saturday, June 15th | 2:00 p.m. | Storytime Corner
Grab your favorite doll, stuffed animal, or action figure, and join us for a tea party filled with snacks and fun! Come dressed in your tea party best as we read a story, enjoy tea-time treats, play games, and make a craft together. For children ages 5-8. Registration required.
Minecraft Night | Monday, June 17 & July 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
All ages!  Join us for a night of Minecraft with NirvanaOnline! Registration is required if you need access to a Minecraft account and computer. If you have BOTH a Minecraft account and a laptop computer you can bring, registration is not necessary. NirvanaOnline is a Minecraft-based MMORPG created by Network Nirvana. Players and patrons connect to NirvanaOnline servers to access a massive shared-world experience that champions STEM-based learning and challenges players to expand their critical thinking skills with team-based content objectives. Players learn soft skills while adventuring around our variety of game worlds such as an underwater city, an underground colony, a dark carnival, a flying steampunk metropolis, a 256-player battle royale on the moon, a Mayan temple city, an African safari, and more!Contact the Youth Staff for more information by emailing or by calling 319-859-3282.

Little Engineers |  Thursday, June 20th & July 25th | 10:30 a.m. | Storytime Corner
Come to the library to build, create, and have fun. The library provides the materials (LEGOs®, Picasso Tiles, Wooden Blocks, etc.), and you provide the know-how! Ages 5-12
Water Safety with George Wyth State Park's Ranger | Monday, July 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room
With Iowa's hot summer weather and the Cedar River Recreational Project underway, it's a great time to get in the water. Join Lori Eberhard, George Wyth State Park's Ranger,  to learn about water safety in natural bodies of water. This program is for all ages.
Fable's First Birthday! |  Sunday, July 7th | All Day | Youth Department
Celebrate Fable's 1st birthday with us! Create a button, write Fable a letter, and create a fox bookmark! All Ages
DIY Tote Bags | Thursday, July 11th | 2:00 p.m. | Co-Lab
Join us in the library Co-Lab for our Tote Bag program! Children will be able to customize, decorate, and paint their very own canvas tote bag. Great for carrying all those library books! All supplies will be provided. Registration required. Ages 8-12.Register here.

Dried Flower Bookmark Drop-In Program | Tuesday, July 16th | 2:00 p.m. | Co-Lab

Join us any time between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm to make a dried flower bookmark (while supplies last). Kids will use Mod Podge and renew the plastic from food containers, along with pressed flowers to make their bookmark. Use it to read all summer long!  For kids of all ages, but younger ones will need help. Our Safe Child Policy does apply, so kids under 10 will need a responsible caregiver with them.

Dewey & Donuts | Friday, July 19th | 2:00 p.m.| Youth Department

Come and learn a little bit about how the Dewey Decimal System works while snacking on donuts! Then, when you are feeling confident about what you have learned, take part in a scavenger hunt throughout the Youth Department and get hands-on with Dewey! Registration is recommended, but drop-ins are welcome! Register by clicking here, calling the Youth desk at 319-859-3282, or emailing For kids 8-12.

Little Illustrators-Book Covers | Tuesday, July 23 | 4:00 p.m. | Youth Department

Let your inner artist out while decorating repurposed book covers! Paint, tape, or glue your own book cover to take home. Registration Required.

Trinkets & Trash: A 3D Collaging Workshop | July 24th  | 2:00-4:00 p.m. | Youth Department

Drop in and shift through recycled bits and bobs to assemble a work of art! At this workshop inspired by the art of Louise Nevelson, kids are invited to create found-object collages that will be painted over monochromatically.  This drop-in style program is geared toward kids ages 8+, but will be fun for the whole family. Picture frames and boxes will be provided as well as recycled objects and crafting supplies to explore and create with from 2:00-4:00 pm. During this time, kids and their families are invited to participate at any time that best fits their schedules.


Please note: According to our safe child policy, all children under 11-years-old must be accompanied by and be within sight of a responsible adult caregiver at all times while in the library.

Funding for the summer library program is provided by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, Robert & Shirley Berg Fund for use by the Library.

Questions? Email: or call the youth desk at 319-859-3282.

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