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2021 Summer Reading Program

Information coming soon in spring of 2021!

Below are the types of experiences one might expect for the coming Summer Reading Program.

Online Summer Reading Program 2020

ONLINE Summer Reading Program from June 1 – July 11, 2020 (FREE for children, teens, and adults!)

NOTE: All details are subject to change. Please check our website and Facebook page frequently for updates.

Join us online June 1st to sign up for the 2020 Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! Download the READsquared app to begin (pictured above, right) or visit There will be reading challenges and activities in addition to online programs that will encourage children, teens, and adults to read! Please contact the library at 712-707-4302 with any questions. Paper logs available upon request.

Events for the Whole Family

Darrin Crow: (Story Teller) June 9 – 16
Sioux County Conservationist: June 16 – 23
Great Plains Zoo: (TBD) June 23 – 30
Mr. Stinky Feet: (Musician) July 2 – 9
Pool Party – Free Swim: (TBD) July 7 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Youth Programs

Song & Rhyme Time: Thursdays at 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Geared for children ages 6 months – 3 years and their caregiver. To receive the Zoom link by email, fill out this form.

Story Times: Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am – 11:15 am (June 2, 4, 11, 18, 25, 30, July 7, 9)

Stories and “wigglers” are geared for children ages 3 – 6 and their parent or caregiver. To receive the Zoom link by email, fill out this form.

LEGO Club: K – 2nd Grade on Mondays 1:00 pm

Love LEGOs? Be a part of our virtual LEGO community! Check our Facebook page each Monday at 1:00 pm for a link to our weekly LEGO challenge. Complete the challenge and post a picture of your finished product in the comments of that week’s challenge post.

3 New Clubs: see below

Registration and Zoom with mic and camera required. To receive the Zoom link by email, fill out the form at

Writer’s World Club: 3rd/4th Grade on Tuesdays 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Do you like to write? Or maybe you even imagine yourself being an author one day? Join this club to explore letters, poetry, graphic novels and more as you write your very own fractured fairy tale! Writer’s World Club form.

Funny Tales Club: 1st/2nd Grade on Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:00 am

Do you like to laugh? Let’s read funny books together, written by authors such as Robert Munsch, John Lithgow, Becky Citra, Willy Claflin, Nina Laden, and Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Funny Tales Club form.

Adventure Book Club +: 3rd/4th Grade on Thursdays 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Do you like to read? Join us as we read some adventurous books together such as The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tiger Rising, and The Tale of Despereaux. Adventure Book Club + form.

Teen Programs

Digital Escape Rooms: June 2 – 9
Photo Scavenger Hunt: June 9 – 16
Magical World Party: June 15 – 20
Houses of the World: June 23 – 30
World Cuisine: June 30 – July 7
Tall Tale Writing Contest: July 7 – 14

Digital Escape Room:

Do you have what it takes to escape from a digital escape room? Can you escape in record time? Check the Library Facebook page or your READsquared mission page for the link and complete it individually or with friends over a video chat platform. Time yourself and report your time to the library and we will keep a score board for our quickest escapees!

Photo Scavenger Hunt:

Join us on a photo adventure as you use the clues and prompts to complete our scavenger hunt around Orange City. Extra points for creativity!

Magical World Party:

It’s a week-long journey through a magical world! Check out the mission on READsquared for game, craft, and snack ideas so you can plan a party for your own family. Dress in costume and send your picture to the library so we can share our distance parties together!

Houses of the World:

You have the chance to create your dream home – what would it look like? Where would it be? We challenge you to use recycled items from your own home to make your dream home come to life.

World Cuisine:

Learn about flavors and foods from around the world and give them a try! Who knows, maybe you will discover a love for something you’ve never tried before.
Tall Tale Writing Contest: Can you take a classic fairy tale and put an Orange City spin on it? We will provide the writing prompt; you write the story and email it back to the library. Library staff will read all entries. The winner receives OC chamber bucks as a prize!

Adult Programs

Castles of the World: June 4 – 11
Mysteries of an Ancient People: June 11 – 18
The Art of Calligraphy: June 18 – 25
Harvesting Herbs: June 25 – July 2
Once Upon a Time: July 2 – 9
Into the Woods: July 8 – 15

Castles of the World:

What is a fairy tale without a castle? Travel through time and take a virtual vacation to some of the world’s most beautiful castles. Learn about each castle’s history and unique design, and enjoy some fun castle trivia.

Mysteries of an Ancient People:

Explore the fascinating history of Mesa Verde National Park, located in southwest Colorado, under the guidance of Seasonal Park Ranger and Orange City resident Ann Lundberg.
“Visit” the ancient Pueblo people and the cave dwellings that served as their homes for over 700 years!

The Art of Calligraphy:

Calligraphy is an ancient art defined and recognized as beautiful writing. Learn and practice the techniques of calligraphy under the instruction of Lauren McDonald, and create your own beautiful piece of art.

Harvesting Herbs:

Learn about the art of growing cilantro, chives, dill, oregano, parsley, and sage in both the outdoor and indoor environments with horticulturist, Dawn Henderson. You will also be shown how to harvest and dry these wonderfully delicious culinary herbs.

Once Upon a Time:

Our lives are filled with stories! Meet local author, Nicole Baart, to discover the inspiration for her stories and learn about her writing process. You may even be inspired to write a story of your own!

Into the Woods:

Explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the Oak Grove Woods as you engage in Nature Journaling under the expert leadership of our local naturalist, Sunday Ford. Gather up your favorite journal, pen/pencil, water bottle, and sense of wonder and adventure. Be prepared to be renewed and refreshed!

Check the library website at and our Facebook page for additions and updates! We are also on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!

NOTE: We take pictures of participants and performers at library events. We may also use pictures of participants and their work that is posted on the library social media platforms. These may be displayed on our library website, social media pages, or in the local newspaper.

Get your Summer Reading minutes in wherever you are! Download ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your phone, tablet, or audioplayer with your library card. Log in to the catalog [] for links!

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