On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! - 2016 Summer Library Program

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To see the 2016 Summer Calendar CLICK HERE

Programming Highlights

  Science Center of Iowa       Fantastic Forces          Wednesday, June 8th                      1:00 pm              Using science demonstrations and audience participation, explore the marvel of flight and learn how physics is the ticket to new destinations! For all ages. Seating is first come, first served.

Kick it Up with TaeKwonDo!
Wednesday, June 15th
2:00 pm
Master Gibson of Jung’s TaeKwonDo in Grinnell will demonstrate and lead school-age kids in some basics of this Korean martial art. For school-age children.
Ready, Set, Move!
Wednesday, June 22nd
1:00  pm
Join fitness and wellness professional Wendy Ramsey and yoga instructor Monica St. Angelo to see for yourself how moving makes you feel good and teaches you fun ways to “read your body!”
Jump, Jive and Wail with Faythe Kubik
Wednesday, June 29
1:00 pm
Come alive with Faythe Kubik as she encourages and inspires kids through creative movement and play, helping children to grow and learn. Registration is required. Please call the library at 641-236-2661.
Dino O’Dell
Blast off to Health!

Wednesday, July 13

2:00 pm
Dino introduces us to a cowboy, a space alien and 5 singing carrots in this music and storytelling adventure that is educational and interactive. For all ages. Seating is first come, first served.
Ben’s Bubble Show
Wednesday, July 20
2:00 pm

Ben Jimenez creates beautiful, humorous and mind-boggling soap bubble sculptures and illuminates the science of bubbles with tricks and illusions. Enjoy hands-on bubble activities. For all ages. Seating is first come, first served.


Overview of Events by Day of the Week


Code4Kids, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Learn Scratch, an online coding program for kids. Start with basic projects and work at your own pace. Sign up if you need to use a library computer – space is limited to eight. You can also bring your own laptop and join the fun!

Faulconer Gallery Arts Outreach in the Parks, 10:30 am (see below for locations)


Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Time, 10:30 am (2nd & 4th Tuesday)

This storytime for infants, toddlers and parents or caregivers meets twice a month. Stories are followed by snacks.

Tuesday Games, 10:00 am – noon

Drop in and play a library game and earn a small treat. Games include scavenger hunts, skill challenges and fitness fun. First and third Tuesdays in June and July.


Special Programs (June and July)

Lunch Bunch Book Club, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (July)

This summer’s title is Flora and Ulysses, by Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo. Be prepared to laugh out loud as we read about the “illuminated adventures” of a natural-born cynic, Flora, and her new-found superhero friend, an unassuming squirrel named Ulysses. For students entering 4th – 6th grades in the fall.

Faulconer Gallery Arts Outreach in the Parks, 10:30 am (see below for locations)


Storytime and a Craft, 10:30 – 11:15 am

For preschool through elementary children; parents and caregivers are welcome.

Yoga in the Gallery, June 9 and 16; July 7, 14, 21 and 28

Enjoy a 30-minute yoga practice, including warming and invigorating poses and a final period of relaxation. All levels welcome; mats provided. Co-sponsored by Live Well Grinnell.


Drake Community Library is happy to partner with the Grinnell College Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

2016 Faulconer Gallery Summer Outreach Programs

All programs at the Faulconer Gallery are provided free of charge, and no registration necessary. Grinnell College does not assume responsibility for the care and safety of children who attend these events. The College makes this program open to the public with the understanding that for children who attend, a parent, legal guardian or other designated caregiver remains responsible for their care and protection. For more information, please contact outreach curator Tilly Woodward at 269-4663 or woodward@grinnell.edu.

Faulconer Arts Outreach in the Parks

The Faulconer Gallery is offering free hands-on art activities for kids and families in area parks. Enjoy ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, marbling, paper mache, collage, truck glittering, sculpture and more! All programs meet from 10:30 am to noon.

Monday, June 13 –  Arbor Lake Shelter House

Wednesday, June 15 – Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, North Side

Monday, June 20 – Merrill Park West Shelter

Wednesday, June 22 – Summer Street Park

Monday, June 27 – Bailey Park

Wednesday, June 29 – Ahren’s Park #1

Wednesday, July 6 – Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, North Side

Monday, July 11 – Drake Community Library

Wednesday, July 13 – Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, North Side

Monday, July 18 – James Miller Park, Lake Nyanza

Wednesday, July 20 – Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, North Side

Friday, July 22 – Poweshiek County Fair

Drop In and Draw

Drawing is a great way to see and understand a work of art. Children and adults are welcome to spend time in the gallery drawing from our exhibition, On the Bright Side. Stools, drawing supplies, and feedback from outreach curator Tilly Woodward will be provided.

Location: Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

Dates: Monday and Wednesday, June 8 and 10

           Monday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Exhibition of Student Summer Artists

The community is invited to view artwork created by students and installed in the Faulconer Gallery next to works from our permanent collection. Refreshments will be served.

Location: Faulconer Gallery/Bucksbaum Rotunda

Date and Time: Thursday, July 28, 4:30 – 6:00 pm


2016 Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership Programs

Drake Community Library In Your Neighborhood@FV

Monday – Friday, June 27 – July 22

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pass the lazy days of summer with us at Fairview Elementary School yard. Activities are planned for K-6 grades. Mornings will feature local community presenters and mini-explorations about a variety of topics including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and art. Afternoons will be filled with reading, walking field trips and outdoor play. Participants will have the option to ride a bus to the high school for lunch at no charge. This program is drop-in, no cost. Parents/caregivers please accompany child for their first visit to complete registration. Registration forms are available online at www.grinnell.lib.ia.us.


Wellness@The Market with the Healthy Readers

Second Saturday at 10:30 am and third Thursday at 4:30 pm

At the Farmer’s Markets, downtown every month from May – October

Join the Healthy Readers at the Grinnell Farmers’ Markets all summer long, from May through October. At every event there will be wellness-related reading, interactive activities, a Farmers’ Market scavenger hunt, a Smoothie Bike, and prizes for completing the day’s activities. Kids will earn points toward their Summer Wellness Award, a program to encourage wellness and reading, sponsored by the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership and Drake Community Library.

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