Algona IA
Summer Reading 2017

Click here to download a full schedule of events for the Summer Reading Program!

This year’s summer reading clubs will be exploring how to Build a Better World and we will have lots of new books on subjects related to the theme. We’ll also have many programs including interactive program, crafts, and music, all ages and families are encouraged to attend.  We will have our kick off on Monday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. with a special presentation of Absolute Science. 


Newborns and children through four years of age will take part in the Gold reading group; children ages 5 – 10 years old will be in the Teal Club; Club Lime will be ages 11-13 and Club Blue will be ages 14-18.  All of the clubs can look forward to prizes, drawings, and fun as they read and work to “Build a Better World”. Building on our theme, we are starting a Jr. Lego Club for children 5-7 years old.  We will also be using recycled material as part of Construction Days for Clubs Teal, Lime, and Blue on Tuesdays at 10 am. Garden Storytime will take place in the library’s garden area on Friday mornings.

Young Adults

The teens are going to “Build a Better World” with Club Lime and Club Blue.  Club Lime is ages 11-13 and Club Blue is ages 14-18.  Teen Maker Days will be happening Thursday afternoons.  We will be learning all kinds of things as we get creative with crafts, food, and other interests.  We’ll be getting outside at Call Park with Billie Wille and we'll celebrate all our achievements with a pool party. Club Lime takes the traditional approach of tracking their reading on a log.  Club Blue has the option of using a paper log or going online.  Both programs are built on reading as well as encouraging the reader to try new things through a set of optional challenges.

Please visit our Young Adult site to register and to find information on upcoming events!


Book Discussions to Build a Better World

We have two great selections related to the theme “Build a Better World”. In June we’ll focus on space exploration and human endurance by reading  2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson. The following month we’ll be reading   The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by Earl Swift, a book that focuses on technological advances and their impact on our daily lives . All are welcome!

If you’d like to reserve a copy of either of these selections, please visit the Library or call 515-295-5476 or sign up here. Discussions take place in Meeting Room A of the Library on the third Thursday of the month at 3 pm and 6 pm.

Coloring for Relaxation
This summer we’re kicking off a weekly Coloring for Relaxation program for adults on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 pm beginning on June 7th. Many grown-ups have found coloring to be a great way to reduce their stress because it’s a time of reflection, conversation, and creativity. Taking some time each day for ourselves can greatly improve both our physical and emotional health for both the short and long term. Patrons will have the chance to try their hand at ZenTangle to create their own designs that can be used to make paper crafts, jewelry, and stencils; ZenTangle is the creation of individual patterned designs, often times inspired by the natural world around us. This a drop-in program so no registration is required. While the Library will provide coloring sheets and colored pens and pencils, individuals are invited to bring their own favorite materials with them. We are looking forward to being able to unwind and socialize while we take a break. Whether you’re a practiced ZenTangler or you haven’t colored since you were a little one, all are invited to join us at the Library for a time of relaxation.

For busy families we’ll also have brain teasers available you can take part in independently, when you have time.


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