Summer Reading 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Summer Reading Program!

 

Who can participate? The Summer Reading Program is for everyone! We have programs for every reader, from babies to kids to teens and adults.

Reading slips can be turned in through August 21.

Use our online READsquared tracker or Reading Log sheets to track your reading.

New this year! Missions/events are another way to win! Each summer activity will have a secret code provided.
Birth-12th Graders, every 4 missions you complete will earn a small prize and a chance to win a grand prize.
Adult and young adult readers will earn points towards raffle tickets for a chance to win a grand prize.

 

Visit our Calendar for the details on all events this summer! Including Family and Teen Movie Nights.

Family Events/Missions:

Mission: Read the Rainbow StoryWalks®

Explore new places in Coralville, North Liberty, and Solon through our join Read the Rainbow StoryWalk® Project. Throughout the summer, each library will share three books inspired by different colors.

July StoryWalks®:

Coralville Public Library shares Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett, located at North Ridge Park.

North Liberty Public Library shares Green Green: a Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba and Baldev Lamba, located at Penn Meadow Path by Community Garden.

Solon Public Library shares  Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, located at American Legion Field.

August StoryWalks®:

Coralville Public Library shares Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke, located at S.T. Morrison Park.

North Liberty Public Library shares Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy, located at Centennial Park.

Solon Public Library shares  Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, located at Solon Public Library.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Ann Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellog-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Outdoor Family Movie Series:

Everyone's invited to our Family Movie Nights!

Thursday, August 19 @ 8 PM: Akeelah and the Bee [PG]

Storyteller Darrin Crow, Thursday, June 24 @ 10 AM: Join us for this engaging performance of colorful folk and fairy tales sure to entertain kids of all ages.

Blank Park Zoo: Rockin' in the Rainforest, Tuesday, June 29 @ 11 AM: Let's take a trip to the rainforests and discover what a rainforest is and what makes them so special.

Iowa Raptor Project, Thursday, July 8 @ 10 AM: Director Ryan Anthony will introduce us to two birds of prey and share their stories with us.

Iowa Children's Museum, Tuesday, July 27 @ 10 AM: Come immerse yourself in the colorful experiences provided by the Museum outreach staff, with several outdoor learning stations to explore and enjoy.

These outdoor events are weather dependent. Please visit our website calendar for the latest info.


Little Ones (birth-kindergarten)

For little ones birth through incoming kindergarteners, use our online READsquared tracker or Reading Log sheet to record up to 80 books this summer. For every 8 books you read, you’ll earn one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize!

Digital Storytime, Tuesdays @ 10:30 AM: Join us in reading books, singing songs, and playing games! New videos post weekly, tune in "live" or on your schedule!

Songs on the Lawn, Saturdays @ 10:30 AM, June 5-July 10: Join us on the grass behind the Library for singing, rhymes, and parachute games! Masks are required. (No program July 3rd due to the holiday.)

Event details are subject to change, visit our website calendar for the latest information.


Kids (1st-4th graders)

Use our online READsquared tracker or a Reading Log sheet to track your reading minutes for kids (incoming 1st-4th graders). Reading independently, aloud, or listening to someone else read counts towards your reading minutes. When you read aloud to a friend or sibling, both of you may count that time!

Each level you complete (140 reading minutes for kids) earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize! Happy reading!

BAM POW to Go: Grab new weekly activity bags every Thursday at the Library through July 15th, as supplies last. No registration necessary.


Teens (5th-12th graders)

Use our online READsquared tracker or a Reading Log sheet to track your reading minutes for teens (incoming 5th-12th graders). Reading independently, aloud, or listening to someone else read counts towards your reading minutes. When you read aloud to a friend or sibling, both of you may count that time!

Each level you complete (200 reading minutes for teens) earns you one small prize and a chance to win a grand prize! Happy reading!

Outdoor Teen movie Series: Bring a blanket to sit on and a friend to our teen movie series on the lawn behind the Library. Masks and social distancing required. Snacks will be provided!

Saturday, May 29 @ 8:45 PM: Dora and the Lost City of Gold [PG]

Thursday, June 24 @ 8:45 PM: Ferris Bueller's Day Off [PG-13]

Thursday, July 22 @ 8:45 PM: Instant Family [PG-13]

These outdoor events are weather dependent. Please visit our website calendar for the latest info.

Chef's Challenge, sign up by Friday, June 11th: Each participant will be given 8 ingredients to create 2 complete snacks. Register online by Friday, June 11th to reserve your activity bag!

Henna Tattoos, sign up by Friday, July 9th: Register online for a Henna Tattoo activity bag! Each participant will be given materials to design and execute your own Henna tattoos. Register online by Friday, July 9th to reserve your activity bag!


Adults and Young Adults (16 and up)
The Adult Summer Reading Program is designed for adults and young adults age 16 and up.
Use our online READsquared tracker or a paper slip to track your summer reading participation. For every book you read, you earn points toward purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win grand prizes. Missions/events are another way to earn prizes! Each summer activity will have a secret code provided. For every four missions you complete, you earn another chance to win one of our grand prizes!
 
Take & Make Mondays
Grab new weekly activities at the Library, every Monday, while supplies last. No registration necessary. Available June 7 through July 26.
 
Rescheduled! Saturday, June 19 Thursday, June 17 @ 9:30 PM: Stargazing with University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy Hawk-Eyes in Space Outreach Program
Join us on the lawn near the Timber DOME in SRNA to take a sky tour and look through telescopes to see the colors of the universe. Masks are required. This outdoor event is weather dependent, please visit our website calendar for the latest info.
 
Beginning July 5: Collaborative Art Project
Join us on the patio at the west end of the Library to create a community mural on the sidewalk! Masks are required. This outdoor event is weather dependent. Learn more here: https://youtu.be/32EK1P8U98Q
 
Thursday, July 29 @ 7:30 PM: Virtual Trivia Night
Test your knowledge with Trivia Night via Zoom! Trivia consists of four rounds and prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

Thank you to our major sponsors who help us Color Our World through reading!

Friends of the Solon Public Library

Hills Bank of Mt. Vernon

Solon Women's Club

And thank you to these additional sponsors:

Blank Park Zoo

Solon Dairy Queen

Family Pet Veterinary Clinic

McDonald’s

Moxie + Mortar

Niabi Zoo

Ruzicka’s Meat Processing

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Solon State Bank

Subway

 


READsquared Tutorials!