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 | Recorded Videos | July-August

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!

Jim Gill |  Interactive Story| Coming Soon!

Jim Gill invited children in our community – as well as family members and library staff members – to work together to create a VIDEO book inspired by his book May There Always Be Sunshine! He compiled all of their illustrations and their wishes into this video. Enjoy!


Jim Gill’s songs and musical books are often shared during story times 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! Jim Gill is a musician, an author and, perhaps most importantly, a child development specialist. His recordings and his picture books with musical themes have received honors and awards from, among other organizations, the American Library Association. Jim completed his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play. For this reason, each of Jim’s recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. Anyone who has experienced one of Jim’s family concerts knows that rather than performing for children, parents, grandparents and caregivers…..Jim leads them to sing and play together.


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. REGISTRATION IS FULL.

Storytime at Sturgis Falls | Kidsway Stage| 6/25 at 3:30 p.m & 6/26 at Noon
Join us at the Kidsway Stage for a special storytime as we celebrate Sturgis Falls!

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.

Storytime in the Park: Community Helpers Edition | Overman Park| 7/8 & 7/22 at 10:30 a.m.Join us for a special family storytime at Overman Park! We’ll read, sing, dance, and play together while enjoying the fresh air. And we will have a special guest from the Fire Department. Storytime is geared for ages 0-5, but it’ll be fun for the whole family!

Storytime at the Zoo | Sunrise Children’s Zoo | July 10th at 1:30
Today is the perfect day for a visit to the zoo! Join us at the Sunrise Children’s Zoo (located on the Cattle Congress grounds) for storytime!

Artists Color Your World: Yayoi Kusama | Carnegie Bench behind the library | July 8th at 10:30 a.m.
Learn about influential artists and complete an activity/art project. For kids 8+. Registration Required. There are 10 spots available.

Artists Color Your World:  Keith Haring | Carnegie Bench behind the library | July 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
Learn about influential artists and complete an activity/art project. For kids 8+. Registration Required. There are 10 spots available.

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.

Splatter | Hearst Center for the Arts | July 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a morning of fun at the Hearst Center! We’ll begin with a short storytime at 10:00 where we’ll learn about painting and Jackson Pollock. Then, we’ll explore various splatter painting techniques to create collaborative works of art. Remember: Dress for Mess! Registration Required. There are only 20 spots available.

The Good Ole Games | Little Red Schoolhouse | July 31 from 1:30-3:30
Celebrate the end of summer reading with us and travel back in time at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Discover how school used to be for kids “back in the day” and then head outside to the lawn to play some good ole games, such as jacks, marbles, and hopscotch.

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)


STEAM Programs

 What am I? | Zoom Meeting Room | June 15 at 2pm
Join Miss Katie on Zoom as we take a close up look at items found in nature. We will be looking at items through a digital microscope and try to guess what the item is. We will also learn a little bit about each item. Virtual. Registration required. For all ages. Digital microscope has been provided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Board and the Science Center of Iowa.
 Fireworks in a Jar | Zoom Meeting Room | July 8 at 2pm
We will be doing an experiment with liquid densities to make our own fireworks. (Don’t worry parents, there are no explosions!) Pick up supplies beginning of July. Then join us on Zoom and we will all make fireworks together. Registration required. For 2nd-6th graders.


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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 call the youth desk at 319-859-3282.