Children's Summer Library Program

Summer Library Theme - Read Beyond the Beaten Path

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Norelius Community Library offers a Summer Library Program for children who will be in preschool through fifth grade in September. Summer Library Program runs in June and July every year. We will have a variety of fun and exciting crafts, activities and programs, as well as reading incentives.

The theme for 2022 is Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path. This summer, we'll be exploring our world by having Summer Camp at the Library! Join us for a variety of events including the Blank Park Zoo and the Rick Eugene Magic Show! We'll also be doing fun arts and crafts, telling tales around the "campfire" on Saturdays, and running My First Storytime just for the tots throughout the summer.

Kids can also keep track of how much they read between June 1st and July 29th to earn fun incentives and prizes. New this year are brag tags! Every participant will start out with one brag tag and can earn more by attending programs and filling out their reading tracker maps with all of the great books they read. We'll also be giving away four grand prizes this year - each child can earn up to six (6) entries for the prize of their choice!

Children ages seven (7) and up can attend Summer Library Program events without a parent or guardian present, but we do ask that if you are bringing a large group of children to have a helper present to assist them. Any child under age seven (7) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least thirteen (13) years of age.

Please stop in the Children's Library to pick up a registration form, download a printable PDF to turn in at the Children's Library at your convenience, or use our webform to register.

Summer Library Program packets will be available for pickup for all registered children beginning June 1st.


Haga clic aquí para descargar el formulario de inscripción para el Programa de Verano de la Biblioteca en español.

También puede recoger un formulario en español en el mostrador de circulación de la Biblioteca de Niños.

2022 Summer Library Program Events

Crafting events are subject to change.


Jump to July

June 1 to June 3: Registration

Come to the library at any time during open hours to turn in your registration form, pick up Summer Library Program packets, and enjoy games and s’mores cookies in the Children’s Library!


Saturday, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 10:00 am: Campfire Tales

Join us as we tell tales around the “campfire” in the Children’s Library on Saturdays!


Tuesday, June 7, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Animal Puzzles Craft

Create your very own animal puzzle using stencils and markers!


Thursday, June 9, 2:00 pm: Blank Park Zoo

Join us outside on the Library lawn to learn about and meet animal friends with the Blank Park Zoo!


Tuesday, June 14, 2:00 pm: Fizz, Bubble and Goo

The Iowa State Extension Office joins us for a fun afternoon of gooey science experiments outside on the Library lawn!


Thursday, June 16, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Glowing Firefly Jars Craft

What’s summer without fireflies? Now you’ll be able to enjoy the soothing glow of “fireflies” year-long after we break out the glow-in-the-dark-glue to create our very own firefly jars!


Monday, June 20, 2:00 pm: Camp Ocean

Join the camp counselor, Mr. Sharky, for a summer camp under-the-sea with this in-person performance.


Tuesday, June 21, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Shell Windchimes Craft

Create a windchime out of sea shells so you can hear music all summer long!


Thursday, June 23, 2:00 pm: Internet Safety Camp

Learn how to stay safe on the Internet with a program presented by All State. We will also have yummy snacks and a coloring book handout!


Tuesday, June 28, 2:00 pm: Bubble Stations

Join us on the library lawn to “blow” giant bubbles galore!


Thursday, June 30, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Bubble Painting

The bubble fun continues as we paint using soap bubbles on the library lawn!


Jump to June

Saturday, July 9, 16, and 23, 10:00 am: Campfire Tales

Join us as we tell tales around the “campfire” in the Children’s Library on Saturdays!


Tuesday, July 5, 2:00 pm: Rick Eugene Magic Show

It’s a presentation of magic and wonder as the popular Rick Eugene Magic Show returns to the Children’s Library!


Thursday, July 7, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Solar Printing

Create beautiful art with the magic of the sun in the Children’s Library!


Tuesday, July 12, any time between 2:00-4:00 pm: Clay Mosaics

Make creative mosaics with clay and painted pasta in the Children’s Library!


Thursday, July 14, 2:00-3:00 pm: Butterfly Tents

Explore the wonder of nature as you look at butterfly themed exhibits and walk through a tent with live butterflies!


Tuesday, July 19, 2:00 pm: Board Games

Come play board games in the Children’s Library with your friends and family!


Thursday, July 21, 2:00 pm: Paper Airplanes

Join us to learn how to fold paper airplanes and challenge yourself to fly them through the hoops in the Children’s Library!


Tuesday, July 26, 2:00 pm: “Bee” A LEGO Architect

What would your dream house look like? What kinds of houses do animals live in? Join us for a special storytime and LEGO house building!  There will also be copies available of “Bee an Architect,” a free coloring and activity book from the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Thursday, July 28, 2:00 pm: Movie

Summer Camp at the library is winding down with popcorn, juice and a movie!


Friday, July 29: Reading Maps Due

This is your last day to turn in sheets for incentives and earn entries into our grand prize drawing!


Saturday, July 30, 1:00-4:00 pm: Grand Prize Drawing

Join us at 1:00 pm for our grand prize drawing with snacks and games following in the Children’s Library!