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Summer Library Programs

The Pella Public Library would like to help you “Imagine Your Story!” this summer with the announcement of our Summer Library Programs!

Not surprisingly, the Summer Library Program will be a little different this year!

The Summer Library Program will be done completely at home with no need to come to the Library to pick up prizes. Starting on Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. kids and parents are welcome to come pick up a bag with all they will need for summer in the bag! And guess what? The bag is the prize this year! Inside the bag will be supplies for four programs that Miss Katie will lead online and your reading log.

We will continue to offer programs for all ages of kids! 

But wait, there’s more! There will be experience prizes this year, all entries will be done online, and we’ll announce additional prizes online through the Summer Library Program.

All programs have been canceled.  We will continue to offer online programming indefinitely.  Join us for Facebook Live Story Times Monday - Thursday at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.  A recorded story time is posted on Thursday afternoons.  

Please look at social media accounts and here for up to date information on all programming.

School Age 

The Summer Library Program is for those students who have just finished K - 5th grade.  Children age 0 - 1 can participate in the Early Literacy Program.  Children ages 2 to finishing preschool/PreK are welcome to do the Read To Me Program.  Students in the 6th grade and older are able to participate in the Teen Summer Library Program.  You may read as a family and count those minutes.  The most important part of the Summer Library Program is that you read!  Audiobooks, magazines, and graphic novels may also be counted as time read.  Participants pick up a bag that has your reading log in it and start reading.  Mark off a square on the log for every day you read at least 15 minutes.  Any extra minutes that day can be counted toward experience prizes.  The prize this year is the bag that contains all of your supplies and reading log.  

After you have read 15 minutes for the day you can start keeping track of the extra minutes you read. For every additional 5 hours you read, you may place your name in the online drawing for an experience prize. Experience prize entries will be accepted until Friday, July 31 at 9 p.m. You may complete the experience portion of the program as many times as you would like.  Drawing will be held on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. Winners will be contacted after the drawing.  Only online entries will be accepted this year due to health concerns.  An experience prize is not a physical item but something you get to do!  Remember you only have a chance to win these prizes after you have completed the regular program, and only one person will win each of these prizes.

Experience Prize Entry Form: https://forms.gle/nSxeuavNrntWh84S9

We ask that you finish the program before filling out the Google Form.  The form will be live from July 10 to August 14.

Completed the Summer Library Program Form:https://forms.gle/CJ7wFcnb6wtBJTqY7

Early Literacy

Parents 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!  This program is for children 0-1 years.

We ask that you finish the program before filling out the Google Form.  The form will be live from July 10 to August 14.

Completed the Summer Library Program Form: https://forms.gle/CJ7wFcnb6wtBJTqY7

Read To Me Program

Participants pick up a reading log and start reading.  Adults will be doing the reading with the children for the Read to Me program. We ask that you finish the program before filling out the Google Form 9https://tinyurl.com/yapsh4dv) will be live from July 10 to August 14. 

We ask that you finish the program before filling out the Google Form.  The form will be live from July 10 to August 14.

Completed the Summer Library Program Form: https://forms.gle/CJ7wFcnb6wtBJTqY7

Teen Summer Reading Program 

The program is open to students finishing 6th grade to 12th grade.  Students finishing 5th grade will have the choice between the grade school program or the teen program.

How does the program work?

When you finish a book you will fill out an online reading sheet (Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/y8ptmrnq) listing the title, author, and number of pages, along with your name and phone number.  For every 200 pages read your name will be entered into a drawing for Pella Bucks!  You do not need to read only books, that have 200 pages, you may read books that are shorter or longer.  Remember audio and graphic novels also count as pages read.  If you need to know how many pages, look up the title on Amazon.  All you need to do is keep track of the books you read and enter your books on the Google Form.  Miss Katie, the Youth Services Librarian, will keep track of the pages you read and make the entry forms for the drawing.  So, the more you read the more chances you have of winning the grand prize!  The last date to turn in reading pages is Friday, July 31.  The drawing for the Pella Bucks will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 10 a.m.  You do not need to be present to win. The winner will be contacted after the drawing. All teens participating in the program will receive a $2 gift certificate to an area business. 

Miss Katie is working on planning some online programming!  Keep watch on social media accounts as well as the Kids and Teen Page and Services and Closure Updates on our website.

Online Reading Slips Form: https://forms.gle/ZBCDdv3FNJ6q3L2Y6

We ask that you finish the program before filling out the Google Form.  The form will be live from July 10 to August 14.

Completed the Summer Library Program Form: https://forms.gle/ZxrC4VS9GzemQ6QA9

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Story Time, Tot Time and Lap Sit

**Story Time will be offered online via Facebook Live at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Monday - Friday.  These will not be recorded or archived due to publisher requirements for the temporary read aloud permissions. Please "Like" and "Follow" the Pella Public Library on Facebook to see reminders about Facebook Live story times.**

All in-person story times are on hold indefinitely.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Any child not in Kindergarten is eligible to participate in this ongoing program. Those interested may register at the library.

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