Summer Library Program 2021

Summer Library Program:
June 7 through July 31, 2021!

Join us for another fun summer full of virtual performers, craft lots, 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 7th 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.

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 or virtually through Beanstack. Also, you can complete activities to earn virtual badges and tickets.

Bekah with different colored hair.

What do I do with the tickets I earn? These tickets give you the power to choose Miss Bekah’s hair color! Miss Bekah is our Youth Services Librarian, and you might recognize her from Toddler Storytime. Should her hair be red, blue, turquoise, purple, pink, or something else? Bekah will dye her hair whichever color receives the most votes. Miss Bekah is trusting you to make her hair look wonderful.

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!


Virtual Performers

Will Stuck | Zoom Drawing Class | June 17th at 10 a.m.

Learn how to draw cartoon animals with Will Stuck! For ages 8-12. >Registration Required. There are 30 spots available.

Will Stuck | Recorded Videos | TBD

Pop Goes the Easel (15-17 min show) How much paint could a painting panda paint if a painting panda could paint a painting? Find out the answer to this and more as Will Stuck bring his usual funny stories and silly songs to this virtual show!
Pigment of your Imagination (30 min show) Edutainer, Will Stuck, brings his MESS (Music, Education, Stories & Science) experience to this virtual show all about colors, art and optical illusions. Guaranteed to paint a smile on your face!

Mikayla Oz, magician | Virtual Magic Show on Zoom| June 24th at 3:00 p.m. 

Mikayla Oz is back this year for an encore performance! 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.

Jim Gill | Concert & Interactive Story| Premiere June 8th

Jim Gill’s songs and musical books are often shared during storytimes at the Cedar Falls Public Library. Jim calls his creations “music play.” They are musical games that inspire children – and the adults that love and care for them – to join in the fun by actively singing, clapping, and dancing along! Our library decided to invite Jim to pick up his banjo and create a special video concert! Jim promises a concert filled with opportunities for everyone to sing, play and read along in a way that keeps us all safe at this time.

As a special feature, Jim will explain how children can get involved in creating pages for a VIDEO book, based on his book May There Always Be Sunshine, that he is creating for our community this summer. Children need to move and play and Jim Gill’s specialty is to create songs that are an invitation to play. Jim’s concert will provide everyone a chance to experience the joy that singing and playing together brings. Submissions for Jim’s personalized VIDEO BOOK are due June 25th. Watch this space and our Facebook page for the date our VIDEO BOOK will premiere.


Grab N’ Go Craft Kits

Week 1: Handprints to color- provide 2-one to keep and one to return
Week 2: Coffee Filter Butterflies
Week 3: Color Quilt
Week 4: Colorful Comet
Week 5: Color Your World Crayon Holder
Week 6: TBD
Week 7: TBD
Week 8: Leftovers


A Hobbit’s Getaway: Searching the Shire |  Cedar Valley Arboretum | June 5th from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
“I’m going on an adventure!”
Join us at the Cedar Valley Arboretum for a morning of fun as we explore the arboretum, sneak into a hobbit’s hole, create maps, solve riddles, and listen to a story. Storytime will begin at 10:30 am.
For families. >Registration Required.

Storytime in the Park | Overman Park| 6/10, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29 at 10:30 a.m.
Join us for family storytime at Overman Park! We’ll read, sing, dance, and play together while enjoying the fresh air. Storytime is geared for ages 0-5, but it’ll be fun for the whole family! If it’s raining, storytime will be canceled. Masks are required.

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)

Tween Time | Zoom Meeting Room| 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Come hang out with us while we talk about cool things and have fun. Contact the youth department for the Zoom link.




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