2021 Program: Reading Colors Your World!

June 1st – July 23rd

Early Literacy
Birth through Preschool

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Read to Earn Prizes!

For summer 2021, we’re challenging you to Read Around the World.
Select a book set on each continent, or by an author from that continent,
and then color in the continent when you’ve read the book.
We’ve created some reading lists to get you started in your journey!

For each continent you complete, you earn a raffle ticket in to our grand prize drawings!
We’ll have 8 categories for you to choose from – put all your tickets in one or spread them out over a few.
Check out the awesome items you can win!

Summer Reading Events

The library is following guidance as set forth by various health officials about the offering of programs and group gatherings.
We are not offering in-person programs inside the library, but we’ve teamed up with Central Gardens of North Iowa and Clear Lake Parks and Recreation
to provide some in-person programming around town! Take a look: click on the event name to be redirected to that event page.

Outdoor Story Time – Pine Tree Park
Wednesdays at 10:30am in May, June & July

Chalk Our Walk – Clear Lake Public Library
June 1 – June 4 from 9-10am

StoryWalk® at the Gardens – Central Gardens of North Iowa
Look for new books posted in both June & July!

Silent Book Club – Central Gardens of North Iowa
Thursdays from 12-1pm, June 10 – July 15

Color Your World With Seed Balls – Pine Tree Park
Wednesday, June 23 @ 11am

Jason Kollum, Juggler – City Park Bandshell
Friday, July 23 @ 10:30am

Story Time in the Gardens – Central Gardens of North Iowa
Wednesdays at 10:30am in August

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I sign up?

A: You can register your child(ren) at the Children’s Desk downstairs in the library starting June 1st!

Q: Can I register online?

A: Not this year.  Because of how our program is structured, it’s not conducive to online tracking. Stop by the desk to register!

Q: Why read during the summer?

A: On average, children lose about two months (!) worth of learning over the summer if they don’t read.  It’s nicknamed the “Summer Slide” and can accumulate over the years.  That means that by middle school, if a child doesn’t work to retain what they’ve learned, they could be more than 2 years behind their classmates!  The good news is: Summer Slide can be prevented!  Reading (for enjoyment!) just 20 minutes a day helps children retain what they’ve learned throughout the school year and helps them to start their fall semester more successful. This is especially important this year as students will be away from their classrooms longer.

Reading isn’t the only way to beat the summer slide: try cooking, planting a garden or listening to audio books!

Q: Can I complete the program more than once?

A: No. Each participant may only complete their program once over the course of the summer.

Q: Do we need to be present to win the prize drawings?

A: No.  We will do the grand prize drawings during the last week of July, after the program has ended.  If you win, you will be notified to pick up the prize at the library.  Prizes not picked up by the end of August are forfeited.