Approximately 700 kids have already signed up for the summer reading program, "Fizz Boom Read!" at the Marshalltown Public Library.
The summer program consists of two major components: free activities and a reading incentive program where kids can earn points by reading and visiting the library that can be traded for prizes.
The summer reading program is supported by Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library, as well as local organizations and businesses, like Noon Kiwanis, Morning Optimists, the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation, Hardee's, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, and Papa Murphy's.
Summer readers may sign up for a points log, which stays at the library, anytime in June or July. For more information on how this works, please visit the summer reading page on the library's website at www.marshalltownpubliclibrary.org
Coming up in June:
Toddlers & 2s is an enriching play group, offered on Tuesdays in two different sessions for babies and toddlers with a caregiver. The summer session is full, but a waiting list is available for the fall session.
Storytime is for preschool and primary school-aged children (approximately 3-6 years old) and takes place at 10 a.m on most Wednesdays. Storytime at 10 a.m. June 25 will feature staff from the Science Center of Iowa who will present information and demos about many kinds of science, geared toward this age group. No pre-registration is necessary for storytime. All are welcome.
Detective Science with staff from the Marshalltown Police Department is another program being offered for school-aged students. This program, featuring crime-solving science, is planned at 11 a.m. June 26. Pre-registration is required by calling 754-5738, ext. 3 or registering via the online calendar at the library's website.
The last program of June is the popular return of Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell, as he stops in Marshalltown on his annual Reading Road Trip on June 30. There will be a storytime show at 9:15 a.m. and a repeated show at 10:15 a.m. in the large meeting room. This free program is open to any interested child (preschoolers & school-aged.) Due to heavy demand for this program by the general public, this program is not open to daycares, day camps, or other organizational groups.
With the high daily summer traffic in the library, groups of more than eight unrelated people (including daycares, daycamps, etc.) are reminded that it is library policy that these visits be scheduled in advance (whether or not there is a request for a structured program.) This ensures the best, most successful experience for each child--both those visiting with families, as well as those in a group.
Free programs for all ages continue in July. Please visit the online calendar for more info, or pick up a print calendar available closer to July 1.