We have activities planned for all ages this summer.

Registration is required and ages are based on the 2016-17 school year.

Special Speakers/Events

Geared toward EK-5th—Thursdays, 10 a.m.

June 8 – Carnival

  • Sponsor:  Friends of the Library

June 15 – Blank Park Zoo

  • Sponsor:  Ballard Veterinary Clinic

June 22 – Desi Payne – Magician/Comedian

  • Sponsors:  Slater Animal Hospital/South Story Bank

June 29 – Science Center of Iowa

  • Sponsor:  Newman Accounting Solutions

July 13 – Jester Puppets

  • Sponsors: Carrel Chiropractic/ Town & Country Market

July 20 – Water Fights with Slater Fire Department

  • Sponsor:  Ballard Dental Associates

*July 27 – Picnic/Pool Party 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Lunch Provided by: Beirman Furniture

*August 6 – I-Cubs Game 1:08 p.m.

  • Iowa Cubs Home Run Reader Program

*Programs for all ages of children who complete their reading requirements.


Storytime Centers

Toddlers and Preschoolers—Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Our Storytime Centers are just what they sound like:  an age-appropriate story time, which means there are fun, themed stories read aloud, along with corresponding literacy activities, crafts and process art.  There is also center-based play time featuring sensory play and a plethora of toys and items perfect for those days when your kids are sick of their own things at home.  Each part of story time includes plenty of movement geared toward little bodies, either to music or included in the day’s story.  This is not a quiet, subdued lesson, but a joyful, wiggle-friendly time of learning.


Builders Book Club

EK- 2nd Graders—Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

For our younger elementary kids we have Builders Book Club, where we’ll work to build literacy skills by exploring books together in small groups.  Each week we’ll discuss diverse literary elements:  for our Early Kindergarten and Kindergartners these will include things like story arc and predicting future happenings within the book; for 1st and 2nd graders we’ll delve into plot, setting, mood, and other commonly found literary devices.  In addition to discussion, we will stretch our creative muscles through S.T.E.M. activities, crafts, and service projects to do together, all centering around our summer’s theme of Build a Better World.


Tween Book Club

3rd-5th grade—Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders joining us for our Tween Book Club will receive Story Thieves by James Riley.  As we dig into this book we’ll learn about literary devices such as characterization, imagery, conflict, and foreshadowing.  We also have a number of speakers and service projects planned, culminating in a fun field trip at the end of the summer!


Lego Club

1st-2nd grade—Tuesdays 1:00 p.m.

3rd grade and older—Tuesdays 2:00 p.m.

First graders and older will love our ever-popular LEGO Club!  Divided into two separate hours (Tuesdays 1-2 p.m. for our 1st and 2nd graders, Tuesdays 2-3 p.m. for our 3rd graders and older), each week we present a new challenge.  Past years have included building cars and racing against your fellow creators, zip lines, and catapults- just to name a few!  Bonus:  It’s all done at the library, so there are no tiny pieces to embed in your feet multiple times a day!



We have several ways for our 6th– 12th graders to participate in library programs this summer and earn prizes, to boot.  We know our teenagers are busy and often have packed and varied schedules; to that end we have a number of passive activities to do on their own time.

  • Pizza and a Movie – June 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Serve Your Community Scavenger Hunt:  Choose five service items out of the 18 listed on the sheet (“Take out the trash for a neighbor,” “Read a book to a young child,” “Return five stray shopping carts,”) take a selfie or have someone take a photo of the participant completing at least one of the tasks, bring in the form and the printed photo to the library for a prize.
  • We have a reading record where middle and high schoolers can keep track of their reading for the summer. Each level they reach has a new prize; the final level’s prize is a movie theater gift certificate, covering the cost of one movie.

Teens are also invited to participate in our yoga class this summer!  We will meet Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30- 9:15 a.m.  Registration for yoga is required; cost is free.  Pick up a form for any of these activities at the library.



  • Join us weekly for coffee and good company, Fridays at 10 a.m.
  • Book Club – June 15 and July 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Trivia Luncheon – Thursday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Looking for ways to make healthy choices this summer? Come to yoga, every Monday and Thursday morning, 8:30- 9:15 a.m.  Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or you’ve previously thought yoga was that thing that weirdos do, you are welcome in this class!  The program is free, but registration is required; forms are available here or at the library.
  • Want to participate in an activity on your own time? Pick up our Citizen’s Activity sheet, where you’ll find 20 activities to choose from; complete any seven (for example, “Visit a historic home,” “Take treats to your local police station, firehouse, or EMT station,” “Collect food for the local food bank,”) then turn in the sheet for a prize!  Or try Build a Better World Tic-Tac-Toe:  Fill in three in a row- by reading a travel book, watching a Home-Repair Youtube video, or maybe checking out a craft magazine, among others- turn in the completed sheet, and you’re entered into our grand prize drawing.