How to participate in reading activities this summer

Summer readings and activities are back at your Ames Public Library! Thanks to technology, the library has continued to meet challenges and reading activities throughout the pandemic, but this summer will be more like a normal summer.

For young people, a normal summer means the end of school. It means time for activities, reading, exploring, and learning in a different way than they do in a classroom. After a hectic school year, attending special library events and the reading challenge can help your family relax, resume a familiar routine, and refocus.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is open to all ages. You can pick up the game board from the library or register online or on the Beanstack Tracker app. The library will also be a site for free summer youth lunches again this year. Lunches are available on weekdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the auditorium.

As always, the library offers a calendar filled with storytelling hours, book groups, interactive entertainment and specials. Many of our youth events will be held outdoors in parks thanks to our partnership with the Town of Ames Parks and Recreation. We will also have some special events right outside the library.

9-year-old Noah Hovland and his 5-year-old brother Carter browse books on the first day the Ames Public Library opens in almost a year on Monday, March 15, 2021 in Ames, Iowa.

If you’re looking for a story time to pick up books from, come on Bookmobile Story Time Mondays at 10 a.m. in June and July. You can consult material on the bookmobile, enjoy a story, music and an activity. Bookmobile Storytime will visit a different park each week. Our other storytelling hours in the park will begin on June 22 Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 6:30 pm These story hours will feature books and activities in various parks around the homeless Ames community. Check out our online calendar to see where each Storytime and Storytime in the Park Bookmobile will be.

Storytime with Ben will be on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. right outside the library in the plaza area. Families with toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to listen to music and stories. Starting June 23, bring your baby to Bandshell Park Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for Baby Time in the Park.

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We’re also having our popular Terrific Tuesdays at Bandshell Park this summer. Tuesdays at 10 a.m., join us for a free show featuring a variety of professional artists. These events range from music and magic to dance parties and science entertainments. Bring a blanket, bring your friends and family and enjoy 45 minutes of entertainment that colors your world!

Children can also participate in the book club this summer. Gamebooking with Ben is perfect for students in grades two to four who enjoy adventure or danger tales and have always wanted to make decisions for the characters in the book. Ben will be bringing the books to this Zoom Book Club on Thursdays at 2 pm; all children need to bring is their intelligence!

We will have a Family Book Club with a chapter book. Meet at Bandshell Park on Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. to unwrap the surprise book and get your free copy to take home and read. We will meet again on July 27 to talk about the book, take advantage of the related activities. Want a clue as to what the book might be? Listen to KHOI Radio on Monday June 21 at noon; we will read some selected chapters on the air!

Kids can join the 2021 Kids All Iowa Reads State Book Club with the Ames Public Library Book Club featuring “Pie in the Sky” by Remy Lai. Meet at Bandshell Park on Tuesday, June 22 at 4 p.m. to pick up your free copy of the book and a take-out activity. Check back on July 20 to talk about the book and have fun. We are thrilled to announce that Remy Lai will have a Virtual Author Tour on July 13th.

Ames Public Library is also teaming up with Dog-Eared Books for an Author Virtual Tour with Stonewall Award-winning author Kyle Lukoff at 4 p.m. on June 26.

Check out our calendar for more special events for kids including tie-dying, Summer Olympics, Water Day and more. You can also sign up for our email newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date throughout the year.


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