Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Program starts June 1

2013 Summer Reading Program
June 1 - July 30, 2013

Program Details

  • For children through the age of 14
  • Register at the library or online at
  • Start reading books on June 1 to win prizes.
  • Register your pages read online or at the library.
  • Win your first prize after reading 200 pages.
    Prizes include: Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza coupons, Sonic Wacky Pack coupons, Iowa Cubs Baseball tickets, Blank Park Zoo passes, Sling Sacks, Sipper Cups, Silicone Watches, and various other novelties.
  • After 2,500 pages your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize in your age group. Grand prizes include: birth-4 year old = personal trampoline, 5-10 year olds = $75 worth of gift cards to The Beach Ottumwa, The Ottumwa 8 Theatre, and Rock & Roll Dairy Bar & Raceway, 11-14 year olds= Kindle, and 14-19 year olds = $100 Amazon gift card.
  • No entries will be accepted after July 29.
  • All prizes should be picked up no later than Saturday, August 10.

Special Programs

Dig into Reading with Dizzy the Pirate with Dizzy the Clown
Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Creepy Crawlies with the Grout Museum
Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. at the Knight of Columbus Hall
4th of July Crafts and Parade
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 a.m. at the Public Library
Mime, Masks, and Magic presented by Fax Gilbert
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Amazing Reading with Mike Prestby
Tuesday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Summer Carnival with Dizzy the Clown
Tuesday, July 30, 10:30 a.m. in the library park


Preschool Storytimes
Join us each Friday at 10:30 a.m. starting Friday, June 14,in the Children's room of the library for fun stories and crafts.
Book Clubs
2nd-3rd Graders, 4th-5th Graders, and 6th-8th Graders will all have book clubs that meet weekly. Limited space will be available in each club. Contact Jenna at 641-682-7563 ext 210 for details. Sign-up will begin on May 6, The elementary school book clubs will meet starting Monday, June 17, with the Middle School book club starting July 18.

Buried Somewhere in the Children's Library is Molly the Mole....

Molly the Mole
Molly the Mole
Be sure to look for look for “Molly” the mole in the Children’s Room at the library, as she digs her way to a new spot daily! Find Molly and you can be entered into the weekly drawing for a prize.


A special thank you to our local sponsors for their support of the Summer Reading Program: Kiwanis, OPL Friends, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Cargill Meat Solutions, John Deere, Wal-Mart, I-Cubs, and Knights of Columbus. We also want to recognize the Target Corporation for a $2000 grant we received for the 2013 Summer Reading Program.