Get In the Game...Read! - 2016 Teen Summer Library Program

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To see the 2016 Teen Summer Calendar CLICK HERE

Register any time during the summer and receive a free pen. Your first completed reading card earns a ticket to the Pool Party on July 29. Each additional card turned in earns a free book. The last day to turn in reading cards is August 23. Each completed reading card will be entered into the end-of-summer drawing on August 23. We will give away two $50 Amazon gift cards, three $25 gift certificates from Grinnell College’s Pioneer Bookshop, five $10 gift certificates to Saints Rest, three $10 gift cards to The Fix, and three $10 gift cards to Candyland Station.

Summer Activities

Summer Library Kick-Off

Saturday, June 4, 12:00 noon -2:00 pm

Enjoy free hot dogs and soda sponsored and served by the Elks. Register for the program and enjoy hula hoops, 4-square and other outside games.


Tuesdays, June 7 – July 26, 1:00-2:00 pm

Share and collaborate on coding projects in programs like Unity and Scratch. Learn coding tips from college students. For all levels, beginner and up. Bring your own laptop. Come to any one session or come to all of them!

The Yard

Open all summer, Mondays through Saturdays,  from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Large Group Study Room has been transformed by the Teen Advisory Group into a teen activity center. Come and play board games, code with friends and make stuff. Crafts will include duct tape and DIY materials to decorate notebooks and planners.

Nerf Night

Friday, June 10, 9:00-10:30 pm

Bring your Nerf gun for some after-hours fun at the library. Snacks will be served.

Cooking Program

Thursday, June 21, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Have you heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” While eating a carrot won’t turn you into a carrot, it will give you all the great nutrients in a carrot which allows your entire body to function better. At this class, we’ll examine the nutrients our bodies need and see how we can get these nutrients from food that is also delicious. Come hungry!

Sole Hope: Shoes for Uganda

Thursday, June 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Children in Uganda need shoes to protect their feet from painful infections caused by parasites in the soil. Help cut up blue jeans to send to shoemakers in Uganda to make shoes for these children.

Sit ‘n’ Knit at the Library

Thursdays, June 23 and July 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Join local knitters as they share their skills. No knitting experience needed. All materials will be provided. If you already have a project, bring it!

Pool Party!

Friday, July 29, 7- 8:30 pm

Turn in a completed reading card and receive a ticket to the end of summer pool party for you and your family. The party is free and dependent on the weather. If cancelled because of weather, bring your pool pass to the library for a free book.

Free SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

Two audiobooks will be available to download for FREE each week from May 5 through August 17. For ages 13 and up. Text syncYA to 25827 to receive title alerts. Click here for more information.


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

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 will be provided.

Location: Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

Dates: Wednesday and Friday, June 8 and 10

           Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Yoga in the Gallery

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.

Location: Faulconer Gallery/Bucksbaum Rotunda

Date and Time: Thursdays, May 26 – June 16 and July 7 – September 8

12:15 – 12:50 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

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