3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322      Phone: 515-278-3945

Reading Programs

2017 Summer Reading Program

This summer at the library, we’re working to Build a Better World with reading programs for kids, teens, and adults!  Stop by the library today to sign up and win great prizes all summer long!

We also have some amazing activities and programs planned!  Please contact the library at 515-278-3945 for more information or to register for programs.

Spark Club –Wednesdays 5 pm – 6 pm

Robotics for all skill levels! Explore basic coding and robotics with Sphero through gaming, art projects and more!  No previous skill required.
Target Audience: Grades 1-12
Registration: Limit 26, register for each week
Special Considerations—June 7th-July 26th  (NOT July 5th)


Book Babies on Mon/Tues @ 9 AM
Toddler Time on Mon/Tues @ 10 AM (no playtime after)
Family Storytime on Wed @ 9:30 AM and 10:15 AM and Tues @ 7 PM

Saturday Storytimes on 2nd/4th Saturdays at 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM (Book Babies/Family Storytime) (EXCEPT no storytime on July 8th)
No Storytimes on Thur/Fri
No Storytimes, Minecraft, or Spark Club on July 2nd-5th



Library Breakout!—Friday, July 21, 2 – 5 PM  

You’re locked in—can you escape?   Work with a team to find the clues, solve the puzzles, and break free before time runs out.  Bring a group, or make new friends!  Each team will have 45 minutes to complete the activity.   Please Register!

Target Age: 7-12th grade
Registration: 10 per group, 2-2:45 PM, 3-:3:45 PM, 4-4:45 PM

Family Card Night—Thursday, July 27, 6 – 7:30 PM

Sharpen those back-to-math skills! We’ll have card games galore for families to play together!  Bring your favorite game, or try one of ours!  We’ll have experts on hand to teach you new games, and snacks for all!

Target Audience: K-12th grade
Registration: None

Bubble Wonders—July 28, 10 – 11 AM and 2 – 3 PM

Bubble Wonders is not just a show, it’s an inspiration! The show is full of amazing bubble tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, bubbles inside of bubbles, Kid inside a Bubble and more.  Children from 2 to 200 will be captivated!

Target Audience: All Ages
Registration: None


Summer Reading Facts

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.

Students participating in a summer reading program are more likely to read at their grade level or above than their nonparticipating peers, and those reading above grade level are more likely to retain those skills into the next school year (School Library Journal).

Summer reading programs are geared for reading for the fun of it. If you can read, thank a teacher. If you love to read, thank a librarian. Get to know your local children’s library staff. All are qualified to recommend books of interest to your child.

Follow these tips to keep your child reading:

-Visit your local public library – The Urbandale Public Library!

-Most libraries will have programs to motivate children to read, usually by keeping logs, which when finished can be returned for incentive prizes.

-Show children that reading is important to you.

-Model, model, model. It cannot be emphasized enough that children who observe their parents reading become readers themselves. Make sure there are plenty of reading materials scattered throughout the house — not just novels, but magazines and newspapers as well.

-Make reading a family activity. When everyone gathers together at the end of a busy summer day, read a book aloud. It’s a great way to unwind. A picture book is a fine choice, but reading a book that will last several weeks or more extends the pleasure and excitement.

-Set reading times and find the fun in books.

-The number one golden rule is to make time to read over the summer — parents should designate an hour a day just for books, or set aside a time once a week to go to the library.

-Let kids choose books they want to read – just for fun.

Take reading on the road

When preparing for family road trips, stock up on audio books from your library. Let your children choose some stories to listen to in the car. These tips are from: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1412.