Summer Reading Program & Activities

Summer Reading Kickoff Party:
Tuesday, May 24th from 5:00 – 6:30pm
at Hills Bank & Trust in Mount Vernon

Join Cole Public Library as we officially kick off the summer reading program with a party at the Mount Vernon Hills Bank. The theme this year is Read Beyond the Beaten Path. The kickoff will include games, treats, and signing up for the summer reading program. Get excited for summer reading at “Camp Cole Library”! If you are unable to attend, you can still sign up at the library’s 1st floor circulation desk after May 24th. Our summer activities run June 1st – July 31st.

Kids Summer Reading Program:

This year we are trying something new to celebrate our return to summer library fun.  You will get your t-shirt when you come to Cole Library for the first time during our Summer Reading Program (June 1st or after).  Once you have your summer t-shirt, each time you come to the library you will get a token to place in a box in front of the grand prize you hope to win at the end of the summer. Prizes include a kid’s camping set, jumbo smores basket, walkie-talkies, and much more. Token are handed out at the 1st floor circulation desk. The more you come to the library the greater your chances of winning! 

Teen Summer Reading Program:

Middle and high school patrons, read books to get books! Sign up at the kickoff or the 1st floor circulation desk and pick up a reading log. For every 500 pages you read, select a book from our Teen Summer Reading shelf.

Summer Reading Activities

Family Movie Nights:
Interactive movies for the whole family! Join us for popcorn, a drink, props, signs, and movie madness. Both movies start at 6:30om in Room 108.
Monday, June 6th: Parent Trap – PG
Monday, July 18th: TBA

Lego Club:
Every Tuesday, June 7th – July 26th, from 10:00 – 11:00am on 2nd floor
Come build and play at Lego Club! Each meeting, children have an hour to play with our Legos. At the end of the session, they have the opportunity to sign “artist label” cards and display their Lego creation on the 1st floor until the next meeting.  Lego Club is free and open to the public, no need to reserve a spot!

Wednesday Workshop:
Every Wednesday, June 1st – July 27th, at 10:00am and 11:00am, outside or in Room 108 (weather determinate).
Get your STEAM on at Wednesday Workshops! This summer all our Wednesday Workshop activities are art and nature-themed. Each workshop has 2 sessions available: 10:00am & 11:00am. Some activities will take longer than others, so be aware they may not last the whole hour. We only have 15 spots available per session, so call (319) 895-5940 or email Grace at to reserve your spot! If you are unable to attend a session you’ve signed up for, please let us know in advance so we can contact someone on our waiting list. If you miss more than 2 sessions without contacting us, we will pass your spot on to another child.

Story Time:
Throughout the summer, Story Time continues to meet in the Browsing Room on the library’s 1st floor every Thursday morning at 9:30am. We read stories, sing songs, and make a simple craft.

Blank Park Zoo:
Wednesday, August 3rd on 2nd floor – time TBA
Blank Park Zoo is back at Cole Library to share some amazing animals from their education department with us!

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