Summer Library Program 2020

DUe to Covid-19, everything on this list is subject to change.

Summer Library Program:
June 8 through July 31, 2020!

Join us for another fun summer full of performers, crafts, scavenger hunts, special programming, and, of course, reading! COVID-19 has impacted the way the library operates and how we can offer our summer program, but we will strive to provide a fun and memorable summer.

Boy reading

Early registration is available, but you will not be able to log any reading until June 8th, our official start date. You can register by calling or emailing the youth desk or through Beanstack, which is a new way  to experience our Summer Library Program. On the Beanstack website or app, you can view available activities, enter the books you have read, write book reviews, earn badges, and more.

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.

How does it work?  Due to COVID-19, the library will not be operating as usual and our Summer Program is a little bit different. Therefore, instead of earning books via library visits, you can earn them by minutes read. You can receive up to three free books.

Mermaid reading

  • 3 hours/180 minutes = 1 free book
  • 6 hours/360 minutes = 2 free books
  • 20 hours/1,200 minutes = 3 free books

You can log your minutes either through our paper >Summer Reading Log or virtually through Beanstack.

What if I don’t have reliable Internet access? Call the youth desk at (319) 859-3282. We can sign you up and determine when/where/how to get you your registration bag, which will include:

    • 1 Reading log sheet
    • 1 craft
    • Various activity sheets

Read, log your minutes, then turn the sheet in at the end of the summer to claim your prizes!

Will there still be weekly crafts?
Yes! Each week, we will have a craft and activity sheet available for pickup.

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.

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 minutes/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!


Special programs (via zoom)


Virtually Ridiculous! with Brent Allan
Thursday, June 11th
10:00-10:45 am
This program of puppets, magic, and comedy showcases reading and the library in a fun way, themed after folklore and fairy tales! The audience will be treated to hilarious antics, astonishing magic, and some stories told in an unconventional way. The show will post on Youtube and will be available for 48 hours. The link ( >hereand on our Facebook page will go live on June 11th at 10:00.


Virtual Imaginarium: Mad Mix!
Thursday, June 25th
Join us for some science and fun with guests from the Imaginarium. They will perform their Mad Mix presentation, which showcases the powers of Liquid Nitrogen (Super Cold) and Combustion. They will also feature parts of their Snakes Alive! and Kitchen Science presentations.


NYICFF Kids Flicks One–Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 3-7!  Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film
Festival .

Available to stream June 5th-June 17th, 2020
Bigger, brighter, bolder—change is in the air in NYICFF Kid Flicks 1, brimming with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation. If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script. These shorts and so much more await you!

NYICFF Kids Flicks Two–Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 8 and up!  Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film
Festival .

Available to stream June 5th-June 17th, 2020
NYICFF Kid Flicks 2 bridges the gap between little and big for young audiences growing in experiences and ideas. Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If your curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

Learn more about this program >here.


Virtual Jester Puppets
Thursday, July 16th
10:00 – 11:00 am
Description to come.






Virtual Magic Show with Mikayla Oz
Tuesday, July 21
10:00 – 11:00 am
A rising star in the magic industry, comes the unforgettable, MIKAYLA OZ! Mikayla has been astonishing audiences across the Midwest for more than 10 years. Performing for the smallest crowds to the biggest stages. Mikayla Oz doesn’t do your grandfathers old tricks, instead she is pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to be a magician.



Virtual Fairy Tale BINGO
June 23rd at 6:00 pm
Zoom Meeting, >Registration Required
Gather the family together and head to the library for an old fashioned game of BINGO–with a fairy tale twist.


Virtual Word Wizards
Wednesdays, June 10th at 3:00 pm
How would you rewrite Goldilocks and the Three Bears? The race of the Tortoise and the Hare? Or Little Red Riding Hood? Come and discuss your favorite adaptation of a well-known fairy tale and write one for yourself! Grades K – 6. Writers of all levels of experience and interest welcome. >Registration Required.

Wednesday, July 8th at 3:00pm

Virtual Little Engineers
June 17th & July 15th at 3:00 pm
Zoom Meeting. Registration Required
Enjoy a castle-themed build activity! We bring the bricks, you bring your creativity. Then, we’ll vote to decide whose castle is the most unusual, most likely to survive a siege, and on other castle-worthy categories. Grades K – 6.


Virtual Summer Storytimes
June 3–July 31, 10:30 a.m., Facebook Live
Mondays: Baby storytime (0–23 months)
Tuesdays: Preschool storytime (3–5 year-olds)
Wednesdays: Toddler storytime (2–3 year-olds)
Fridays: Toddler storytime (2–3 year-olds)
Saturdays: Preschool storytime (3–5 year-olds)


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 provided by the Cedar Falls Community Foundation, Robert & Shirley Berg Fund for use by the Library.

Questions? Email:!