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Summer Reading Program 
The Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” will start soon.  The library has reading programs for babies to adults!  Logs for the Summer Reading Program will be available on Monday, May 22.  For more information on programs for children and teens, please see Katie in the Children’s Department.

Reading Programs
Early Literacy Reading Log

The Early Literacy Program is for children 0-2 years of age.  Adults can pick up a reading log for their child and complete the early literacy activities with a child.  It is never too early to start reading to your child!  

Read to Me Reading Log
For children 2 years to Pre K, we have the Read to Me Program.  Participants will read 3 hours in each of the three levels to receive a prize.  

School Age Reading Log
This program is for children who have just finished grades K-5. (5th graders have the option of the Summer Reading Program or the Teen Program). Participants will read 5 hours in each level for a total of 15 hours to complete the program.  Adults may read to kids in this program, but kids are also encouraged to read on their own. 

After kids have completed the regular program, for every additional 5 hours kids read, they may place their name in the drawing bucket for an experience prize.  Experience prize entries will be accepted until Monday, July 31 at 9 p.m. Readers may complete the experience portion of the program as many times as they would like.  Winners will be contacted after the drawing.  Please remember this is for school age children only.  Click here for the online form for experience prize entry forms: https://tinyurl.com/ycq3fmb6

Teen Summer Reading Log
The Teen Program is for 5th graders to those who have just graduated.  Participants will read as much as they want.  For every 200 pages read, an entry will be made into a drawing held at the end of the program.  The more you read, the more entries you have!  The Teen Program will end on July 31 at 9:00 p.m.
Click here for the online form for reading slips to enter the drawings: https://tinyurl.com/n2negqn

Weekly Programs for School Age Children
New this year weekly programs will be offered for kids who finished Kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year to 5th grade.  The program will be offered on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. OR Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  No sign up is needed.

Programs will be offered the weeks of June 19 & 26 and July 3, 10 and 17. 
No Tuesday evening program will be offered July 4.

Book to Movie Club
Book to Movie Club is for kids in grades 2-5. 

Session 1 will meet on June 6, 13 and 20 and be reading, The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson.

Session 2 will meet on June 27, July 11 and 18 and be reading Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan.

Theater Thursdays
Children and adults are welcome to bring a sack lunch to the library and stay for a movie!  Lunch will start at 12 noon and movies will start at 12:30 p.m.  Theater Thursdays will be held on June 8, 15, 22 and July 6, 13, 20.  Titles will be announced at a later time.

Special Programs
Dan Wardell from Iowa Public Television will be stopping in Pella during his Reading Road Trip on Thursday, June 8 at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  Program held in the JKF Auditorium in the Community Center. All ages welcome!  No sign up is needed.

Absolute Science will amaze us on Tuesday, June 13 at 2 p.m.  Program held in the JKF Auditorium in the Community Center.  No sign up is needed.  All ages are welcome but material presented is geared toward ages 4 and up.

Story Time, Tot Time and Lap Sit
There is no sign up for Story Times, Tot Times or Lap Sit.

Summer Session will start on Monday, June 5. Story Time will be offered on Mondays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Story Time is suggested for ages 3/4 and older, parent or caregivers are encouraged to stay and fun with us.

Tot Time will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:15 and 11 a.m. and 
Thursdays at 11 a.m. Tot Time is suggested for walkers to age 3 with parent or caregiver.  Tot Time is not offered on Wednesdays in the summer due to scheduling. 

Lap Sit will be offered on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Lap Sit is for babies and 
parent or caregiver.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

  • Any child not in Kindergarten is eligible to participate in this on going program. 
  • Registration Form

    Please come to the library to get a reading log.
For more information on any of these programs please see or contact Katie in the Children's Department.



Reading Resources
  • Pella Christian AR     
    • Links to the AR lists for the Pella Christian grade schools    
  • Pella Community AR     
    • AR quiz search for the Pella Community School District
  • Tumblebooks   
    • Interactive books
  • Tumblebooks Mobile app
    • A FREE app that provides access to Tumblebooks and will stay logged in with your library card number between uses!
    • Available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store
  • Tumblebook of the Day
    • A brand-new Tumblebook presented every day!  Similar to an online version of the old Dial-a-Story service.
  • Iowa Reading Research Center
    • Provides an online collection of literacy resources available to the public for teaching and learning, for home schooling, and for educator research
  • Homework Help Links
    • Various websites to help children with their homework.