For Children

We offer many fun activities and learning opportunities for our youth, including art contests, fun challenges, and informative programs. Because of Covid, many of our items had to be removed, to allow for cleaning and a healthy environment. Our Legos, Duplos, Building Sets, Games, Puzzles, Virtual Headsets, Wii Controllers and Makerspace items will be integrated back into usage soon, so watch for your favorite items to return!

Our Wednesday Movie Matinees have been suspended due to covid, but we'll be restarting this great movie & snack hour soon!

Children's Book Week is celebrated with our annual Children's Book Week Bookmark Contest! We partner with the Newell-Fonda School System, to provide the opportunity for youth from Preschool - 5th Grade to create bookmarks based on their favorite books!  Prizes are given, and these works of art are displayed throughout Children's Book Week, so stop in and see their fabulous creations!

Our Preschool Storytime meets weekly, but has been suspended due to Covid 19. We hope to start again soon.

Our Summer Reading Program is unmatched, providing opportunities for our youth to participate in fun and learning, and to prevent that dreaded "Summer Slide"! Because of Covid, we've had many changes, but there are many ways you can participate, among them are:
          *Summer Reading Program Zoom Meetings - Participants pick up their weekly packet Monday or Wednesday, then participate in the Zoom meeting on Thursday morning.
               We will read a book together and do a fun craft or activity. This is a great way to see all your friends, while social distancing! If you do not have computer access, just 
               pick up your weekly packet and we will provide complete instructions for you to do the craft/activity at home!
          *Reading Incentive Program - Read the books of your choice, keep track of your minutes, and earn great prizes! There are seven Reading Levels, which include the
               following prizes:
               Level 1 - Level Prize and a Casey's Certificate (choice of an ice cream cone, a cookie, a donut, a slice of pizza or a fountain drink)
               Level 2 - Level Prize and a Subway Certificate
               Level 3 - Level Prize and a Rialto Theater Ticket
               Level 4 - Level Prize and a Pizza Ranch Certificate
               Level 5 - Level Prize and 2 Iowa Cubs Tickets
               Level 6 - Level Prize and a Blank Park Zoo Pass
               Level 7 - Level Prize and a King's Pointe Waterpark Pass
               For more information, please contact the Library.
          *Weekly Challenges - Throughout the summer we have fun challenges that you may complete as an individual, with friends, or as a family. Check in to see what they are
               for the week - you have all week to complete them!
          *Big Prize Drawing - At the end of the summer we have a Big Prize Drawing to celebrate! Every time you pick up a packet for your Zoom meeting you earn an entry. Every
               time you reach a level for reading incentive you earn an entry. Every time you complete a weekly challenge you earn an entry, so participate in as often or as little
               as you like!

We also offer Community Outreach Programs, such as Daycare Storytime. This can be led by the librarian, or we can provide the books and craft activities for your Daycare  
Coordinator to use. Give us a call if you'd like to use this fabulous service - it's never too early to start engaging those little minds!