THE CLINTON READING CHALLENGE HAS BEGUN! CLICK >> HERE << FOR MORE DETAILS.  

Summer Reading 2024

All ages are invited to participate in Clinton Public Library's Summer Reading program! Win prizes, attend awesome events, and read! This year's theme is READ, RENEW, REPEAT. Conservation as a movement focuses on protecting species from extinction, maintaining and restoring habitats, enhancing ecosystem services, and protecting biological diversity.

FOR ADULTS! (18+)

 

 

Clinton Reading Challenge

May 27 - September 2, 2024

Click HERE or on the image above to get started!

 

Prize Opportunities

Clinton Reading Challenge

Every time a participant turns in their reading log on time, either with the physical or digital log, they’ll be entered to win $25 in River City Gold and a library tumbler. Four people will win this prize. Woo hoo!

Our top readers will also be awarded trophies. Prize and trophy winners will be announced on Monday, September 9th.

Bingo Sheet

Mark off every library event you attend. For more event information, please view our programming calendar. Registration for some events is encouraged

Return your completed bingo to the library by Friday, September 6th to be entered to win a prize. You’ll be entered once into our raffle for each bingo you earn. Our raffle winner will get $25 in River City Gold and a goody bag. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 9th.

Individuals can pick up a bingo sheet from the library’s main desk starting on Monday, May 20th. You can also print this bingo off at home; CLICK HERE to download it.

Questions?

Call the library and ask for Kate or email Kate directly at kstruble@clintonpubliclibrary.us.

FOR KIDS & TEENS! (Ages 0-17)

 

 

READ, RENEW, REPEAT

June 1 - August 3, 2024

Click HERE or on the image above to get started!

 

You can log either with a physical paper log or using the Beanstack App. Pre-Registration in Beanstack is available. Those who participate through Beanstack will get virtual tickets for their raffles, but physical and virtual tickets will be put into the same raffles. You cannot get physical and virtual tickets. Choose one venue to track. 

Raffle Tickets can be submitted until Friday, August 9th. Raffle prizes will be drawn the following week, and winners will be contacted. Winners have until Friday, September 6th to pick up their prizes before another name is drawn. 


Early Lit | Ages 0-6 

Read ten hours over ten weeks and your name will be put into a raffle of your choosing. You get tickets at Registration, 5 Hours, 10 Hours. There is an activity BINGO for extra raffle tickets. You can also print this bingo off at home; CLICK HERE to download it.

Kids | Ages 7-12 

Read ten hours over ten weeks and your name will be put into a raffle of your choosing. You get tickets at Registration, 5 Hours, 10 Hours. An extra ticket will be available at 15 Hours and 20 Hours read. 

Teen | Ages 13-17 

Read ten hours over ten weeks and your name will be put into a raffle of your choosing. You get tickets at Registration, 5 Hours, 10 Hours. An extra ticket will be available at 15 hours and 20 Hours read.

 
Questions?

Please ask youth library staff member in person or email childrens@clintonpubliclibrary.us.

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Summer Reading events are held in addition to regularly occurring events and special programs.
For a full calendar view, visit our Programs & Events page.

Color Guide: PreK | Kids K-6 | Teen | FamilyOnline

 

Teen DIY Plarn Bag Making

with Miss Pearl City Brittany Costello

 Wednesdays, June 19 - July 31 | 2:30PM - 4:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Make DIY plarn bags with Miss Pearl City Brittany Costello. You'll cut plastic bags into pieces and then weave them into a repurposed, reusable bag with Brittany's guidance. These bags will be donated to local agencies, such as RSVP and Information Referral Services, to give to unhoused individuals in Clinton. Individuals aren't required to come to all event sessions to join the fun. This program is for teens.

Art Camp

 Wednesday, June 19 - Friday, June 21 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Come make cool art and get messy with us during this 3-day Art camp for kids! We will explore different art mediums and styles all while having fun and letting our creative juices flow! This program will get messy, so please dress with this in mind! 

This program is for children in Kindergarten and up. Registration is closed.

(Note: Creative Explorers will not be held on June 19th)

Storytime at the Pool

 Wednesday, June 26 | 9:30AM - 11:30AM | Riverview Pool

Come chill with us in the wading pool for storytime, songs, and swimming! Registration is required; 2 hour-long time slots available, limit 30 attendees each. Click on a time slot below to register.

Time Slot 1 (9:30-10:30am) | Time Slot 2 (10:30-11:30am)

Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency Tour

 Wednesday, June 26 | 2:30PM - 4:00PM | CCASWA (4292 220th St)

Registration is required. 25 spots available. Click >> HERE << to register.

Join us to learn how we can care for the environment through recycling! The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency will be giving us a tour of the facility and teaching us how materials are sorted and processed.

Please meet library staff at the recycling center at 2:25pm, and we will all go inside together. Attendees must wear closed-toe shoes. 

Reading Party

 Thursday, June 27 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Attend this program to enjoy quiet reading time with other readers. This is the perfect party for people of all ages who want to designate time to read. Light drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a family friendly event as part of our summer reading program.

Can't make it right at 5:30pm? That's ok! Come whenever you can to read with us, even if it's for ten minutes. 

Environmental Board Games

 Friday, June 28 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for some fun and games with our friends from Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Learn about recycling, water conservation, and other ways to protect the environment while playing with a variety of fun games and puzzles!

Family Movie Nights | Happy Feet

 Friday, June 28 | 7:30PM (Movie @ 9PM) | Lyons Four Square Park

The Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Grow Clinton and brought to you by Clinton Public Library, The Franciscan Peace Center, and the Sawmill Museum. Join us for an outdoor movie, fun activities, food trucks, community, and more!

Happy Feet (2006) | Warner Bros. | Rating: PG | Runtime: 1h 48m | Synopsis: Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

The Book Was Better Club | Matilda

 Tuesday, July 2 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for a monthly book club designed to get children and their caregivers reading, talking, thinking, and sharing in the magic of reading together. Each month we will read a book that has been turned into a movie.

After reading the book, we will get together for a discussion, movie viewing, and vote on which was better—the book or the movie. During the movie, we will enjoy snacks and treats related to the book.

Participants can pick up 1 copy of the book per family at the Children’s desk to read prior to the discussion. Only 10 books available. 

Storytime | City Admin Matt Brooke

 Wednesday, July 3 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Creative Explorers | Ice Cream In a Bag

 Wednesday, July 3 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for an afternoon of play and learning! The Creative Explorers (formerly Afternoon Adventures) program offers a space for children to create, explore, and discover. Through fun and interactive programs, we aim to provide patrons of all abilities and stages of learning with the opportunity to learn about the world around them in a hands-on way.

Caregivers are encouraged to stay in the building and participate with their children. Children under the age of 8 are not to be left alone in the building without a caretaker at least 14 years of age.

Saturday Storytime

 Saturday, July 6 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Teen Video Game Night

 Monday, July 8 | 4:30PM - 6:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Bring your Joy-Con and compete on our Switch. Just Dance with the Wii. Play it old school with Guitar Hero on the PS2. 

Virtual Author Talk | Kate DiCamillo

A Visit to Deckawoo Drive with Mercy Watson and Kate DiCamillo (PreK-2nd Grade)

 Tuesday, July 9 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Online: REGISTER HERE

Join us for a visit to Deckawoo Drive with everyone’s favorite adventure loving pig, Mercy Watson! Newbery Medal winning author Kate DiCamillo will be sharing the stories behind the creation of her early chapter book series, the original Mercy Watson, and the follow up series, Tales from Deckawoo Drive. We will also be celebrating the publication of the final book in the Mercy Watson series! 

Storytime | Officer Shane Haskell

 Wednesday, July 10 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Maker Camp

 Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12 | 2:30PM - 3:30PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Maker Camp is a 3-day, mini summer camp for kids in grades 3-7, with a focus on using science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to create, build, and discover. Each day, campers will learn about Makers of the past while becoming the Makers of the future. Campers will have the opportunity to explore various technology, get creative, and participate in hands on learning activities. 

Registration is full.

(Note: Creative Explorers will not be held on July 10th)

Virtual Author Talk | Max Brallier

Surviving the Summer with The Last Kids on Earth and Max Brallier (3rd-6th Grade)

 Tuesday, July 16 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Online: REGISTER HERE

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Join us to talk with New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier about The Last Kids on Earth, both the book series and the animated series on Netflix. In this virtual event, Max will share how he came up with the different monsters and villains as well as the unique ways that Jack and his friends figure out to defeat them.

Storytime

 Wednesday, July 17 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Big River Packaging Tour

 Wednesday, July 17 | 12:45PM - 2:15PM | Big River Packaging (1905 Lincoln Way)

Registration is required and closes at 11:59pm on Monday, July 8th.
Click >> HERE << to register.

Join us for a “How It’s Made” tour! Big River Packaging will be giving us a tour of their factory and showing us how their boxes are made, while also being as environmentally friendly as possible. Please meet library staff outside the entrance of Big River Packaging at 12:40pm, and we will all go inside together. Registration is required, as Big River Packaging would like to give a special gift to our young friends in attendance.

Virtual Author Talk | Elizabeth Acevedo

Learning the Power of Poetry with Bestselling Author Elizabeth Acevedo (9th-12th Grade)

 Tuesday, July 23 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Online: REGISTER HERE

You’re invited to learn about the power of poetry with Elizabeth Acevedo! In this exciting author conversation and Q&A, Acevedo will provide a short reading from her National Book Award winning and New York Times bestselling novel-in-verse, The Poet X serving as the backdrop to this amazing chat!

Storytime | Clinton County Sheriffs

 Wednesday, July 24 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Creative Explorers | Cardboard Crazy Day

 Wednesday, July 24 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for an afternoon of play and learning! The Creative Explorers (formerly Afternoon Adventures) program offers a space for children to create, explore, and discover. Through fun and interactive programs, we aim to provide patrons of all abilities and stages of learning with the opportunity to learn about the world around them in a hands-on way.

Caregivers are encouraged to stay in the building and participate with their children. Children under the age of 8 are not to be left alone in the building without a caretaker at least 14 years of age.

Reading Party

 Thursday, July 25 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Attend this program to enjoy quiet reading time with other readers. This is the perfect party for people of all ages who want to designate time to read. Light drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a family friendly event as part of our summer reading program.

Can't make it right at 5:30pm? That's ok! Come whenever you can to read with us, even if it's for ten minutes. 

Family Movie Nights | FernGully

 Friday, July 26 | 7:30PM (Movie @ 9PM) | Lyons Four Square Park

The Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Grow Clinton and brought to you by Clinton Public Library, The Franciscan Peace Center, and the Sawmill Museum. Join us for an outdoor movie, fun activities, food trucks, community, and more!

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) | Shout! Factory | Rating: G | Runtime: 1h 16m | Synopsis: The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.

Virtual Author Talk | Dan Santat

Graphic Novels are Life! Telling Your Own Story in a Graphic Novel with Dan Santat (5th-8th Grade)

 Tuesday, July 30 | 1:00PM - 2:00PM | Online: REGISTER HERE

Join this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. His winning book, A First Time for Everything, is a graphic memoir based on his own awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

Storytime at the Pool

 Wednesday, July 31 | 9:30AM - 11:30AM | Riverview Pool

Come chill with us in the wading pool for storytime, songs, and swimming! Registration is required; 2 hour-long timeslots available, limit 30 attendees each.

Time Slot 1 (9:30-10:30am) | Time Slot 2 (10:30-11:30am)

Environmental Board Games

 Wednesday, July 31 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for some fun and games with our friends from Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Learn about recycling, water conservation, and other ways to protect the environment while playing with a variety of fun games and puzzles!

(Note: Creative Explorers will not be held on July 31st)

Summer Splash

with Clinton Fire Department

 Friday, August 2 | 1:30PM - 2:30PM | Clinton Park

Children K-6, please join us at Clinton Park for Summer Splash with the Clinton Fire Department!

Saturday Storytime

 Saturday, August 3 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

The Book Was Better Club | Mr. Popper's Penguins

 Tuesday, August 6 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for a monthly book club designed to get children and their caregivers reading, talking, thinking, and sharing in the magic of reading together. Each month we will read a book that has been turned into a movie.

After reading the book, we will get together for a discussion, movie viewing, and vote on which was better—the book or the movie. During the movie, we will enjoy snacks and treats related to the book.

Participants can pick up 1 copy of the book per family at the Children’s desk to read prior to the discussion. Only 10 books available.

Storytime

 Wednesday, August 7 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Storytime is offered continually, with breaks occurring in late December and August. Join us for fun, stories, songs, puppet shows, and a craft to take home!

Environmental Board Games

 Wednesday, August 7 | 11:00AM - 3:00PM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Join us for some fun and games with our friends from Green Iowa AmeriCorps! Learn about recycling, water conservation, and other ways to protect the environment while playing with a variety of fun games and puzzles!

(Note: Creative Explorers will not be held on August 7th)

Teen Video Game Night

 Monday, August 12 | 4:30PM - 6:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Bring your Joy-Con and compete on our Switch. Just Dance with the Wii. Play it old school with Guitar Hero on the PS2. 

Ocean Odyssey

with Dubuque River Museum & Aquarium

 Wednesday, August 14 | 10:30PM - 11:30PM | Sawmill Museum (2231 Grant S)

Come and see the Dubuque River Museum & Aquarium’s traveling touch tank with live animals. Learn about common misconceptions about sharks and sting rays and the adaptations these critters have to survive, their importance to the ecosystem and discover how you can help with conservation efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to get their hands wet and touch one of these amazing animals. 

(Note: Storytime will not be held on August 14th)

Creative Explorers | One Plastic Bag

 Wednesday, August 14 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Join us for an afternoon of play and learning! The Creative Explorers (formerly Afternoon Adventures) program offers a space for children to create, explore, and discover. Through fun and interactive programs, we aim to provide patrons of all abilities and stages of learning with the opportunity to learn about the world around them in a hands-on way.

Caregivers are encouraged to stay in the building and participate with their children. Children under the age of 8 are not to be left alone in the building without a caretaker at least 14 years of age.

End of Summer Party | Glow Foam Cannon

 Friday, August 16 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM | Riverview Park Bandshell

Join us in celebrating the end of summer with a Glo Party! Music, glow sticks, and foam cannons! 

Wiggle Time, Storytime, & Creative Explorers
On Break: August 19th - September 13th

It's time for our Youth Staff to have a vacation! Thanks for a great summer!

 

 

Wiggle Time | Tuesdays @ 10:30AM | Main Branch, 2nd Floor

Storytime | Wednesdays & First Saturdays @ 10:30AM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Creative Explorers | Wednesdays @ 3:00PM | Main Branch, Lower Level

Family Movie Nights | Free Willy

 Friday, August 23 | 6:30PM (Movie @ 8PM) | Lyons Four Square Park

The Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Grow Clinton and brought to you by Clinton Public Library, The Franciscan Peace Center, and the Sawmill Museum. Join us for an outdoor movie, fun activities, food trucks, community, and more!

Free Willy (1993) | Warner Bros. | Rating: PG | Runtime: 1h 52m | Synopsis: A heartwarming family drama about a troubled young boy's touching friendship with an Orca whale who is the star attraction at his local adventure park.

Family Movie Nights | Finding Nemo

 Friday, September 27 | 6PM (Movie @ 7:30PM) | Lyons Four Square Park

The Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Grow Clinton and brought to you by Clinton Public Library, The Franciscan Peace Center, and the Sawmill Museum. Join us for an outdoor movie, fun activities, food trucks, community, and more!

Finding Nemo (2003) | Disney Pixar | Rating: G | Runtime: 1h 40m | Synopsis: After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.