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Summer Reading Programs

Welcome to the 2018 Summer Reading Programs! 

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ADULT: Libraries Rock!

  • For anyone 18 and older with a James Kennedy Public Library library card
  • The program runs June 1-August 31
  • Join us for fun, entertaining, and educational programming, reading incentives, and some great prizes!
  • Download your summer activity card here or pick one up at the library.
  • Submit your book reviews here!

How the program works:

All participants receive a summer reading activity card, book bag, bookmark, and a free book just for registering! Indicate on the card when you have read or listened to a book or magazine, utilized a library service, attended or participated in a library event, or participated or engaged in a music or geology/rock related activity. Each item equals a chance to win from the prize drawing at the end of the program. For every four items completed, participants will be eligible to select a prize from the prize box. Fill one card to be eligible for the grand prize drawings which will include our special book lover’s basket and other special prizes. Participants must read at least 4 books and submit at least 2 recommendations or reviews to complete a card. Card finished before the summer is over? Pick up another one!


The children and teens summer reading programs this summer included a special incentive which was if the participants met their goal, one lucky winner would have the opportunity to “pie” the organizing librarian.  Many adults were interested in this—but they wanted to “pie” different staff so we are adding something new to the adult summer library program! If the participants of this program meet the following goal, one person who completed the program, drawn randomly, will be able to pie the library staff member of their choice from the following list: Shirley, Paul, Kim, Ann, Deb, Jo, Shannon or Sarah. Requirements to make this happen are listed below. In order to pie a librarian, the following criteria must be met by August 31: 

  • 100 adults need to sign up for the program. 
  • 50 of those signed up need to complete the program by turning in their completed card. 
  • 75 of those signed up need to bring in their card with at least one box completed


CHILDREN: Libraries Rock!

  • For children PreK-5th grade 
  • The program runs June 4-July 28
  • Paper bingo sheets, events flier, and book bags will be given out at sign up
  • On-line registration begins May 26 and in-person registration begins June 4. 
  • Download bingo sheets (PreK-5th grade or 0-36 months) or events flyer to view or print. Or pick up a paper copy at the library.


How the program works:

Summer readers will get a fun Library Bingo Card. Kids over the age of three can make a bingo and earn a book of their choice; make a second bingo and get a goody bag. Keep on making bingos (up to 4 per card) and for each bingo their name is entered into the drawing for prizes at the end of the program. Kids may do more than one card. Also, for each bingo square completed participants can add a rock to our reading jar. If the jar gets filled, one lucky child’s name will be drawn to pie librarian Kim Benton-Hermsen at the last summer reading event on July 28th. There will be a simpler card for kids under the age of 3, with slightly different rules.  



TEEN: Libraries Rock!

  • For students who have completed 6th-12th grades
  • The program runs June 4-July 28


How the program works:

This year participants will submit short reviews for any books read.  Pick an “alias” for review purposes - be sure to include your alias on each review submitted. Each review gets an entry for prize drawings at the end of the program. Participants must turn in three reviews to complete the program. Those who complete the program will have their name entered into the grand prize drawing for 4 tickets to Adventureland and will be invited to the Teen Summer Reading Program Finale on July 28. If 50 or more participants turn in at least one review, one winner will be drawn and that person will get to pie librarianPaul Zurawski!



This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.