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Story Time, Tot Time and Lap Sit    
There is no sign up for Story Times, Tot Times or Lap Sit.

Winter/Spring Session will end the week of April 24, 2017.
Story Time will be offered on Mondays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Story Time is suggested for ages 3/4 and older, parent or caregivers are encouraged to stay and fun with us.

Tot Time will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11 a.m. and 
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Tot Time is suggested for walkers to age 3 with parent or caregiver.

Lap Sit will be offered on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Lap Sit is for babies and 
parent or caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

  • Any child not in Kindergarten is eligible to participate in this on going program. 
  • Registration Form

    Please come to the library to get a reading log.
For more information on any of these programs please see or contact Katie in the Children's Department.



Summer Reading Program
The Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” will start soon.  The library has reading programs for babies to adults!  Logs for the Summer Reading Program will be available on Monday, May 22.  For more information on programs for children and teens, please see Katie in the Children’s Department.

Early Literacy Program

This program is for children 0-2 years.  Adults can pick up a reading log for their child and complete the early literacy activities with their young child.  It is never too early to start reading to your child!


Read to Me Program

This program is for children 2yr–PreK.  Participants can pick up a reading log and read 3 hours in each of the three levels to receive a prize.  Adults will be reading to kids in this program.


School Age Program

This program is for children who have just finished grades K-5 (5th graders have the option of the Summer Reading Program or the Teen Program). Participants will read 5 hours in each level for a total of 15 hours to complete the program.  Adults are welcome to read to kids in this program, but kids are encouraged to read on their own also.

Teen Summer Reading Program

This program is for 5th graders to those who have just graduated.  Participants will read as much as they want.  For every 200 pages they read, an entry will be made into a drawing held at the end of the program.  So the more you read, the more entries you have!  The Teen Program will end on July 31 at 9 p.m.

Special Programs

Dan Wardell from IPTV will be stopping in Pella during his Reading Road Trip on Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  Program held in the JKF Auditorium in the Community Center. All ages welcome!  No sign up is needed.

Absolute Science will amaze us on Tuesday, June 13 at 2 p.m.  Program held in the JKF Auditorium in the Community Center.  No sign up is needed.  All ages are welcome but material presented is geared toward ages 4 and up.

Weekly Programs

New this year weekly programs will be offered for kids finishing grades K-5 on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. OR Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Programs will be offered the weeks of June 19 & 26 and July 3, 10 and 17. 
No night program will be offered July 4.

Book to Movie Club

Book to Movie Club is for kids in grades 2-5. 

Session 1 will meet on June 6, 13 and 20 and be reading, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Peterson.

Session 2 will meet on June 27, July 11 and 18 and be reading Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan.

Theatre Thursdays

Children and adults are welcome to bring a sack lunch to the library and stay for a movie!  Lunch will start at 12 noon and movies will start at 12:30 p.m.  Theater Thursdays will be held on June 8, 15, 22 and July 6, 13, 20.  Titles will be announced at a later time.

Reading Resources
  • Pella Christian AR     
    • Links to the AR lists for the Pella Christian grade schools    
  • Pella Community AR     
    • AR quiz search for the Pella Community School District
  • Tumblebooks   
    • Interactive books 
  • Tumblebook of the Day
    • A brand-new Tumblebook presented every day!  Similar to an online version of the old Dial-a-Story service.
  • Iowa Reading Research Center
    • Provides an online collection of literacy resources available to the public for teaching and learning, for home schooling, and for educator research
  • Homework Help Links
    • Various websites to help children with their homework.