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Story Time

Will be taking a break for the month of May!  Story Time will start back up on June 6.

Online Story Time

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Click here to get registered.  Search "Story Time -  Google Meet" in our online calendar.  You only need to sign up once as the link is the same each time.

These will not be recorded or archived due to publisher requirements for temporary read-aloud permissions. Participants must register to receive a link and password.  

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All ages are welcome to participate.  If you have any questions, please contact Miss Katie in the Children's Department.

InPerson Story Time

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for songs, silliness, and fun!  All ages are welcome.  Parents or caregivers stay with children and are encouraged to participate.

Summer Library Program

The Early Literacy Program is for children 0-2 years. Parents will complete the early literacy activities with their children.  It is never too early to start

Read to Me Program is for children 2 years old–PreK. For every 10 days of reading, you earn a prize. You can earn a total of 4 prizes. Adults will be doing the reading with the children for this program.

School Age Program is for children who have just finished grades K-5. For every 10 days of reading, you earn a prize. You can earn a total of 4 prizes. Parents are welcome to read to their kids in this program, but kids are encouraged to read on their own. Those just finishing 5th grade have the option of the School Age or the Teen Program.  

Teen Summer Reading Program is for 5th graders to those who have just graduated high school. Participants will read as much as they want. For every 10 days of reading, you will earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prize of "Create Your Own Converse" or a gift card to your choice of a business/store! You can also increase your entries by participating in programs and completing the activity badges!

Summer Story Times

In-Person Story Time will be offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Story Time Room, starting on June 6

Online Story Time will be offered on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Register online click here to register.

Outdoor In-Person Story Time on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. starting on June 5, Miss Katie and Miss Marie from the Pella Art Center will offer stories and simple crafts for kids and parents!  Art and Books will be held in West Market Park, South Shelter House on Liberty St.

Special Events

Need to grow? Join us for YOGA!  Miss Deidra from Selah Yoga Studio will lead children 5-10 through a story, yoga poses, and mindfulness activities. Please remember all children under the age of 8 need to have an adult attend the program with them. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel!  The program will be held on June 13 and July 11 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in Room 206 in the Community Center Building. 

Tweens and teens, we didn't forget about you! Miss Allie from PCD Fitness will be leading you on Tuesday, June 20 & July 18 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Book Give-Aways! Thanks to a grant from Pella Rolscreen Foundation, Miss Katie will be handing out books on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. or until the supply is gone!

Chalk the Library Walk!  Join Miss Katie and Miss Mary on Tuesday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to chalk the walk!  To make your own chalk with the Pella Art Center, call Community Services at 641-628-4571 to register.

Nailed It - Nursery Rhymes Cakes Family Program Join Miss Katie in a cake decorating challenge!  Participants will get a cake and supplies along with the Nursery Rhyme to create on the cake. Wednesday, July 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. Limited to 7 families. Registration is required.  To make your own apron with the Pella Art Center, call Community Services at 641-628-4571 to register.

Book Clubs Book to Movie Club is back!  Groups for Grades 3-5 (finished) and Grades 6-12.  Sessions in June and July.  See the Summer Reading Calendar for dates and times.  We will read the book for 3 weeks and then watch the movie based on the book. Please register so the correct amount of books may be ordered.

Will Stuck

Choose Your Own M.E.S.S. - A unique and one-of-a-kind performance! This show will have everyone sharing their voices and working together to help Will create his usual high-energy and hilarious M.E.S.S. (Music, Education, Stories, and Science) experience.  All ages are welcome to attend. No registration is needed. Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. Pella Memorial Building 829 Broadway Street Sponsored by Van Maanen, Sietstra, Meyer, & Nikkel

Tim Read

Ames Children's author and illustrator will show his silly ways of illustrating, and creating a story! All are welcome but suggested for children 5 years and up. Thursday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. Pella Memorial Building 829 Broadway Street.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know that if you read one (1) story every day for 5 years that would equal 1,825 stories read! 

How the program works:

1. Any child from birth to before entering Kindergarten can participate in the program.

2. Register on our new online reading tracker, Beanstack, at

3. After receiving each badge on Beanstack, come to the library to receive a small incentive.  Multiple children in a family may do the program.  Each child will have an account on Beanstack to keep track of their badges.

4. When you reach 1,000 books your child will receive a certificate.  You will also be invited to attend our 1,001 party!  

For more information on the program click here!

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