FM library summer program kicks off Wednesday

June 5, 2017 GMT

If you are interested in a few library activities this summer, this week is the perfect time to sign up.

The Fort Madison Public Library started its summer reading program Tuesday, one for children, one for teens ages 13-18, and another for adults.

Children and teens can still sign up for the program. A library card is not required.

Library Director Sarah Clendineng said that children and teens that read in the summer will have a better advantage with their academics for the next school year.

“They don’t spend much time in school playing catch up,” Clendineng said. “The fun reason is school just got out so kids are really excited to have all this free time, that’s going to last about two weeks and then they are going to say ‘I am bored and I want something to do.’ Having the reading logs gives them a goal to work toward as far as reading so they can spend their time reading as well as winning prizes.”


Children and teens can earn prizes and rewards with their three reading tickets.

For each five minutes a child or teen reads they can mark off a spot on the record sheet with a sticker.

After they have reached 250 minutes per reading ticket, the readers can turn in their records for a prize when they complete a reading ticket.

Children’s Librarian Amy Boyer said they can also turn in tickets to place a guess as to how many pieces of candy are in the candy jar. Boyer said they have a maximum of three guesses.

Adults will also have the opportunity to guess how many steel nails are inside the jar.

One completed reading ticket can earn the reader a free pass to the library’s end-of-summer pool party, which will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Clendineng said the child or teen will receive a Reading Bonus prize. If they turned in all three reading tickets, which represents 750 minutes or about 12.5 hours of reading, they can pick up additional “Big Reader” tickets. The one spending the most minutes reading may win an iPod Shuffle.

For the children and teen reading program, first place winner will receive neon hammer inflatable construction tool or Earth Day dog tags, second place winner will receive a racing car kit or color your own flower pot and third place winner will receive a magic puzzle cube or a mini solar flower.

Boyer said there will be a Tallest Lego Tower Competition for kids versus teens and adults, for every book that they have read they can add a Lego brick to their tower.

Bonus points will be awarded to those who donate to the food pantry.

Clendineng said so far they have more than 50 participants that have signed up for this year’s program.

The first 100 children to sign up will also receive “The Builder’s Beacon” newspaper.


There will be a reading program kick-off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, with a magic show for all ages with Magician Rick Eugene. If you miss it in Fort Madison, you can catch it again at the Keokuk Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15.

Adults will have the chance to win prizes as well for the summer reading program. For every 10 books an adult reads, he or she can receive a prize and one entry into a drawing for a Better World Basket.

Other Activities

The Fort Madison Public Library will also offer a variety of free events for children and teens, starting in the second week of June. Events include weekly arts and crafts activities for ages 12 and under 2:30-5 p.m. Mondays. The first session will be Monday, June 12, when kids will create a mini greenhouse.

There will be movie showings on Tuesdays starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, with the movie “Ferngully” and Wednesday’s will be Wacky Wednesday with guest activities each week. Activities include tie-dye T-shirt day. Guests bring in their own shirt to color at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, and the following Wednesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. there will be a Grout Museum for hands-on science activities.

Those unable to make it to the Grout Museum on June 21 can catch it at the West Point Public Library at 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 21. and same day at 10 a.m. at the Donnellson Public Library.

At 2 p.m. July 12, there will be Blank Park Zoo, July 19, there will be a Money Smart Kids activity and at 4 p.m. July 26, and there will be Absolute Science activity.

There will be teen programs at 3 p.m. Tuesdays – including basic book/journal binding and Minecraft on June 20 and July 11. Pre-registration is required for Minecraft as well as Lego Robotics which will be held once – on June 27. The library will also offer Magnetic Robots on July 18 and Build Your Own Catapult on July 25.

Boyer said that each program activity on Mondays will begin at 4:50 p.m.

“Cook the Book” will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, with “Recipes from the Backs of Boxes” by Ceil Dyer, and on July 11 using recipes from the New York Times bestseller “Everyday Cook,” by Alton Brown.

Other adults’ programs include Organizing 101 on July 20; Money 101 on July 27; Book discussions at 1:30 p.m. on July 6 and July 25; and adult crafts and coloring at 5:30 p.m. on July 18.