Library Programs

summer reading program


June 3 – July 13 (All minutes DUE Saturday, July 13 by 6pm)

Join us on June 3rd to sign up at the library’s Space Station and help us celebrate “A Universe of Stories”! There will be reading challenges and activities in addition to programs that will encourage children, teens, and adults to enjoy all the SPACE that the library has to offer our community.

Events for the Whole Family: free

Pockets Full of Fun & Ice Cream Social – June 3, 6:00 pm
Sioux County Naturalist – June 11, 10:00 am
Magic Show – June 18, 10:00 am
Great Plains Zoo-June 25, 10 am & 11am
Pool Party – July 2, 6 – 8 pm
Western IA Dairy Day – July 9, 10:00 am

Family Movie Nights – Thursdays, 6:00 pm

Stop in the library or call us to find out a complete list of movies! Enjoy great movies that are fun for the whole family and fresh popcorn! (No movie on Thursday, July 4.)

Story Times: free

Held most Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:15am (June 4, 6, 13, 20, 27, July 2, 11). Stories, “wigglers”, and crafts geared for children ages 3-6 and their parent or caregiver.

Babygarten: free

Held Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:15am. Songs, rhymes, and stories geared for children ages 6 months-3 years and their caregiver. (No Babygarten on Thursday, July 4.)

Fun Shops (June 3 – July 10): free

Fun shops are meant to be just that—FUN, but also educational with games, crafts, books, and other activities planned around our theme. Sign up through the online Summer Rec registration on or after May 1st by the grade you just completed (K-4).

K-Grade 1: Monday or Wednesday, 9:30 am

Grade 2-4: Monday or Wednesday, 11:00 am

Magic Workshop with Jonathan May: free

Ever wonder how magicians work their magic? Come to this workshop geared toward children to learn the secrets of a professional. Sign up through the online Summer Rec registration on or after May 1st by the grade you just completed (K-4).

K-Grade 4: Thursday, June 20, 6:30 pm

Teen Programs: free

Alien Hospitality – June 4, 1:00 pm
Extraterrestrial Translation – June 13, 1:00 pm
Spaceship Repair – June 18, 1:00 pm
Drone Program – June 24, 10:00 am
Crash Landing – July 2, 1:00 pm
Blaster Customization – July 9, 1:00 pm
Teen Lock-In – July 12, 6:30 pm

Adult Programs: free

Murder Mystery Party – June 6, 6:00 pm
Glass Etching Class – June 13, 6:30 pm
Space Trivia Night – June 20, 6:30 pm
Space-Inspired Crafting Night – June 27, 6:30 pm
Doctor Who Party – July 11, 6:30pm

Movies for Adults: Wednesdays, 6pm

Stop in the library or call us to find out a complete list of movies! Enjoy great movies and fresh popcorn!

Ongoing Programs


Community Coloring Mural and Puzzle

Feeling creative? Need a break? Come to the library and add some of your artistic flair to our community coloring mural on display at the library or place a few pieces in our community puzzle.

Food for Fines

During the Summer Reading Program bring undamaged, unexpired, nonperishable food to the library & get $1 per item towards your fines! (This does not include fees for printing, replacement library cards, or lost/damaged items.)

Writing Competition

The universe is interested in Earth stories! Submit your own to have it judged. If it impresses the aliens enough, it will be read aloud to peers and admirers on Thursday, August 1 from 6-7:30pm.

Writing Rules:

1) 1-5 pages, 12 point and Times New Roman font, single spaced (Fantasy or Science Fiction focus please)

2) 5 Age Categories (K-1, 2nd-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th, Adults)

3) Must be typed and dropped off at the library or submitted to programs@orangecitylibrary.com. (Name, phone number, and age category must be on your story.)

4) Stories are due at the library—Saturday, July 13 by 6pm.

5) One winner will be selected from each age category. Everyone who submits a story, plus the public are invited to join us for the reading and light refreshments. (Stories may be read by author or judges-library staff.)

*Check the library website at orangecityiowa.com/go/library and our Facebook page for additions and updates!

*We take pictures of participants and performers at library events. These may be displayed on our library website, social media pages, or 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 [orangecity.biblionix.com] for links!

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