Summer Library Program 2022

Summer Library Program:
June 6 through July 30, 2022!

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 6th does not count. You can register by calling or emailing the youth desk or through BeanstackAlso, registration bags will not be available until May 30th.

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 2022 or virtually through Beanstack. Also, you can complete activities to earn virtual badges.

What events/programs will there be this summer? Here is our >Youth Summer Calendar and here are our >Youth Summer Programs at a Glance. Also, keep scrolling to find more information about our performers and programs.

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!



Mikayla  Oz | Thursday, June 9th | 10:00 a.m. , 11:00 a.m. , and 4 p.m.| Meeting Room
an image of Mikayla holding a balloon dog. Mikayla Oz is back this year for an encore performance! Direct from the Cornfields of Iowa comes a rising star in magic, Mikayla Oz! Mikayla doesn’t do your grandfather’s old tricks, instead, she combines amazing magic with her engaging personality to make for an unforgettable show. During the show, you might see things appear, vanish, teleport, and even float! In addition to performing magic, Mikayla also teaches children around the country how to be magicians with her program called The Magician School. Mikayla has recently been featured on the Travel Channel’s Magic Caught on Camera Show and Penn & Tellers: Try This at Home TV Special. Come be a part of the show and watch some amazing magic at the Cedar Falls Public Library!

Michael Albert: Cereal Box Art Workshop | Monday, June 13th | 10a.m.-12 p.m.; 1-3p.m.; 6-8p.m. | Meeting Room
Join us as Michael Albert leads a 2-hour workshop on creating Cereal Box Art! Michael Albert has been creating art since his college days at New York University, where he studied business. After visiting many of the great museums in NYC and viewing some of the world’s greatest masterpieces of art, he began his own artistic pursuits. His art has evolved from doodles and Pen & Ink to serious wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic Cereal box collages he has become known for.

Since the publishing of his book,  An Artist’s America (Henry Holt, 2008) Albert has developed a traveling Pop Art Enrichment Program & Hands-On Collage Workshop for kids (school age & up), teens, adults & as a multi-generational event called the “Modern Pop Art Experience” which he has brought to more than 1,000 schools, libraries, museums, art festivals & special events in most of the United States & in Europe.

Jason Kollum | Thursday, June 16th | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Tween and Teen show at 4:00pm) | Meeting Room

First, it’s The Rock n’ Roll Variety Juggling Show!

  • A fun, engaging, 100% interactive big family show for ALL ages of kids plus parents!
  • Tons of energy, movement, audience participation, laughter, and excitement!
  • Eye-popping balancing, juggling, and variety stunts!
  • Promotes reading, imagination, discovery, and trying something new!

Then, EVERYBODY PARTICIPATES in the big workshop! Tons of Fun! Totally Interactive!

  • Every child learns balancing skills with peacock feathers and beginning juggling skills with slow-moving juggling scarves!
  • PERFECT for all ages of kids! The kids become the real stars! They can all do it!
  • Everybody participates! Nobody sits out! Nobody feels left out! It’s a perfect parent-child activity!
  • Imagine an entire room of kids and families all participating at the same time at Jason’s library program!

The Real Beals | Monday, June 20th | 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. | Community Center
A unique husband and wife duo. All Live–No pre-recorded tracks! Jeff sings, plays bass, rhythm, and lead guitar all while simultaneously stomping out the beat on his custom-designed drum set. Nancy adds her top-notch vocals to create an incredible show. Fun for all ages!



Blank Park Zoo: Explore Beyond the Beaten Path | Thursday, June 23rd | 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. | Meeting Room
Get out and explore the world around you! Find your animal senses and learn how to use them with confidence when exploring the world as you become a steward of the natural world. For Families.


Laura Anderson: Balloon Storytelling | Thursday, July 7th | 10:00 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Meeting Room
By using balloon art, Laura Anderson creates a new interactive storytelling experience!

Happy Faces Entertainment: Campfire at Camp Poison Oak | Thursday, July 14th | 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. | Meeting Room
Join us around the campfire for lots of stories, singing, and silliness. There will be magic and mystery; games and guffaws. Find out what creatures might live in Lake Poison Oak and help solve the mystery that’s been told by camp counselors for decades. No fear, nothing itchy or scratchy will be provided at the program.

TEENS ONLY| Murder Mystery Program: A Funny Thing Happened on Our Way to Murder | Thursday, July 14th | 4:00 p.m. | Meeting Room.
When the cast and crew of a Broadway review discover murder most foul, suspicions and old grudges loom large in the footlights! Audience members play the suspects and share the stage with our professional team to guide them through the highs and lows of a hilarious Broadway-themed improv mystery performance. It’s Tragedy AND Comedy Tonight. For Teens.

Fonziba Drums!: African Drumming and Culture | Monday, July 18th | 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. | Meeting Room
Learn about the culture and home life of a typical West African family while watching Fonziba’s delightful eighteen-minute documentary, Gifts from Mother Africa, about her trip to Mali and the Ivory Coast. Immediately following the video, Fonziba leads a fun question and answer session.

Fonziba will invite everyone to play one of her thirty hand-carved jembe drums from the Ivory Coast and experience first-hand what it is like to be in a West African drum band. To make sure everyone can join in, Fonziba will bring hand-held percussion instruments for anyone too shy to drum and teaches body-percussion rhythms to play along with the drumming.  Everyone present, from tiny tots to grandparents, will be drawn into the rhythm, energy, and pure fun.

At the end of the program, explore Fonziba’s African Home Display, which contains many items used in the average African home for cooking, eating, cleaning, washing, sitting, and sleeping.

Imaginarium: Super Cold! | Thursday, July 28th | 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. | Meeting Room
Using liquid nitrogen, learn how temperature is related to the three phases of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. The mind-shattering experiments that attendees will see during this demonstration will blow them away! Concepts: changes in phase, temperature, and contraction/expansion.


Weekly Crafts in the Youth Department

Week 1: Heart Fox
Week 2: Fireflies in a Jar
Week 3: Popsicle Stick Tent
Week 4: Pipecleaner Snails
Week 5: Wind Socks
Week 6: S’mores
Week 7: DIY Cardstock Spinner
Week 8: Leftovers


Scavenger Hunts

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

CF History Virtual Scavenger Hunt | June-July | Cedar Falls
Use the hints provided to find these locations throughout Cedar Falls. Then, snap a photo, and post it to social media with these hashtags: #findcfhistory #cflibraryscavengerhunt. Can you find them all? Here are the clues.

Where’s the Camper? A Main Street Scavenger Hunt | June-July | Main Street Cedar Falls
Each week, our lil’ camper will hide at a different Main Street Business. When you find them, snap a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag: #cfplscavengerhunt.



Summer Storytimes

June 3–July 30, 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)
Fridays: Music and Movement (2-5 year-olds) *NEW*
Saturdays: Sapling/Preschool Storytime (3–5 year-olds)

This summer, we will have two special guests for storytime: Cedar Valley Chamber Music and Music Together. On Saturday, July 16th, Cedar Valley Chamber Music will be presenting For the Birds: A Musical Storytime instead of our typical storytime. Hannah Porter Occeña, flutist, presents a musical storytime for kids of all ages. Through stories and songs, Occeña will share the sound of her instruments, how the flute sound is related to sounds we hear in nature, and how anything can make music if we let it! On Friday, July 22nd, Music Together will be leading our Music & Movement Storytime.

*NEW*Music and Movement Storytime in the Park | 1st &3rd Fridays during June and July | 10:30 a.m. | Various City Parks
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!

  • 6/3: Overman Park
  • 6/17: Washington Park
  • 7/1: Gateway Park
  • 7/15: Pfeiffer Park;
  • 7/29 Neighbors Park
 Storytime in the Garden | June 11th | 2:00 p.m.| Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Come join us for storytime at the Arboretum. Enjoy a story, go on a scavenger hunt, and explore the gardens! Registration is required for free admission. Please call the Arboretum at (319) 226-4966 to register.
Seed (Prenatal) Storytime | June 14th | 6:00 p.m. | Youth Department
Youth Department. This storytime is a pre-birth early literacy program designed to help families start a reading ritual before the baby arrives! Read to your bump, learn about early literacy, and listen to our guest speaker from MercyOne.
Sturgis Falls Storytime | June 24th at 1:30 p.m., June 25th at 12 p.m. & June 26th at 12:30 p.m. | Kids Stage
We’re going to Sturgis Falls! Meet us a the Kid’s Stage for an epic storytime!

Elementary-aged programming

Puppet Show Script Contest | May 15th- June 15th
We want your short script submissions! This summer we are going to bring back our popular puppet shows, and we want to perform one of your scripts! Write a short play that would be about 5 minutes long. We have a lot of animal puppets, so we encourage having animals as the main characters. The story can be about whatever you dream up, but we would love it if it were camping or outdoorsy-themed. Submissions will be accepted between May 15th and June 15th. The winning submission will be performed on July 21st at 4:30 p.m. as part of our puppet show lineup.

Tween Time | June 8th & 15th, July 13th & 20th| 3:00 p.m. | Youth Department
Come hang out while we talk about cool things and have some fun. For ages 9-12.
Gone Fishing | Week of June 26th | Youth Department
Climb aboard and try to catch all of the fish swimming in our pond. This magnetic fishing game is sure to be fun for the whole family!
Dear Friend, A Letter Writing Program |June 22nd | 3:00-4:00 pm |Youth Department

Dear Friends,

You’re invited to take the path less traveled and learn all about letter writing, (otherwise known as analog email & texting)! Summertime is a great season for sending a letter to a friend or a loved one, especially if you’re going to be away at camp or jetting off on a family trip. We hope to see you there!


CFPL Youth Department

P.S. For ages 7+ (or any child interested in writing and able to write on their own)

Campfire Stories |  Wednesday, June 29th & Wednesday, July 27th |5:30 p.m. | TBD 

Come gather around the “campfire” as we share stories and enjoy a fun snack together. For ages 7+

Holes: An Interactive Movie | June 28th | 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room

 Experience the movie Holes like never before! Everyone gets an interactive script and a bag filled with props and snacks. Before you start the movie, practice the bonus actions as a group warm-up. This is a fun multigenerational program. Be sure to ask for help with cleanup after the screening. Registration is required if you’d like the bag filled with props and snacks. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to watch the film.

Nature Arts and Crafts | July 8th | 3:00 p.m. | Youth Department

Bring out your creative side and create a piece of art with nature. In the youth department, we’ll have various natural materials to choose from as you create your art pieces. Have fun! There is no right or wrong way to make art as you’re exploring how to use the materials. You can make an actual stick figure or draw a face and add leaves for hair. What will you create?

Summer Puppet Show | July 21st | 4:30 p.m. | Youth Department
Have you missed our puppet shows as much as we have?! We’re back for more shows, starting this July.

Parent Trap: An Interactive Movie | July 26th | 6:30 p.m. | Meeting Room

Experience the movie Parent Trap like never before! Everyone gets an interactive script and a bag filled with props and snacks. Before you start the movie, practice the bonus actions as a group warm-up. This is a fun multigenerational program. Be sure to ask for help with cleanup after the screening. Registration is required if you’d like the bag filled with props and snacks. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to watch the film.


STEAM Programs

Owl Pellet Dissection|  June 15-17 or July 20-22 | Co-Lab
CoLab. With the help of our friends from the Hartman Nature Center, we will dissect owl pellets to see what we can learn about these awesome birds! For ages 7-11. Registration is required.
StoryWalk® Scavenger Hunt | June 23rd & July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. | Big Woods Lake

Let’s take a walk! We will walk along the Big Woods Lake Storywalk, read the story and go on a nature scavenger hunt! Do you think you can find everything along the trail? Please meet us in the parking lot (directions below) at 11:00 and we will walk to the Storywalk together. This program will be repeated on July 23rd.

To get to the trail from the library: go down Main St. towards First. Make a left on First. Turn right on Center St (it’s right after the Ice House Museum). Turn right on Clair St. Clair curves into Central Ave. Make a slight right to keep following Central Ave. Turn right on W. Lake St. The Big Woods Lake Trail parking lot will be on the right. If you hit the campground you went too far. All ages.

Reminder: this event is outside so please bring everything you might need (water, sunscreen, bug spray etc.) as the library will not provide anything. Also in the event of bad weather, please watch our social media for cancellations or call us.

STEM Exploration | July 12th | 2:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.| Co-Lab
For two hours, we will have STEM stations set up in the Co-Lab for little scientists to explore. The time is unstructured allowing for kids to spend as much or a little time at each station as they’d like. Come when you can and stay as long as you’d like during this program. For ages 3-7. Kids.



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.