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Special August Family Movie Event: 

Join us Thursday, August 20, at 6 p.m. for a picnic of hot dogs, dipped s'mores, and more during a screening of Eleanor's Secret, a New York International Children's Film Festival winner.  Because we are serving food, we would appreciate a soft RSVP so that we know how much to purchase--if you think you will attend, please let us know by calling 319-859-3282 or stop by the youth desk and let us know. The film will be shown in the youth department under a starry sky.  (Curious?  Come and see!)  For more information about the film Eleanor's Secret, click here.

Summer Library Program 2015, Every Hero Has a Story, June 1-July 25

This year's summer library program is bigger and better than ever, with musical performances, a visiting author, magician, juggler, puppet company, and much, much more!  Registration begins June 1. Click here for a printable calendar of events.  


Weekly Storytimes for a Variety of Ages*

Toddler Reading



Storytime Information

Monday 10:30 a.m.
Babytime, 12-23 months
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Preschool, 3-5 years
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time, 2 & 3 years
3:00 p.m.
Early Elementary, K-3rd grade***
Friday 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time, 2 & 3 years
Saturday 10:30 a.m.
Preschool, 3-5 years

 *Ages listed are for intended audience. Children of other ages may attend with appropriate supervision.

*Storytime sessions:

January through April (winter/spring)

June-July (summer)

September through mid-December (fall)

No storytimes are held during the months of May, August, and the two weeks of late December so that we can plan for the next storytime session. 


Family Movie Night

Family Movie

Join us on the third Thursday of every month for a family movie.  Shows start at 6 p.m. in the youth department, and free popcorn and beverages will be served.


Book Discussion Groups

Book Club Books Only

Youth Department staff lead two monthly book discussion groups, one for grades 3/4 and another for grades 5/6, during the school year (October-May).  Interested in joining? Sign up for the first month's book clubs begins in mid-September.

Click here for a schedule and to find out what we're reading this month.


1st-Friday Puppet Shows!

Blue Luppet

Please join us on the first Friday of each month from October through April at 4 p.m. in the Youth Department for puppet shows.

2015-16 Puppet Show Dates Are:

             October 2            November 6         December 4

                January 8          February 5          March 4           

                                           April 1

 CFPL puppet shows provide 100% of your recommended monthly puppet intake. 



Meeting space is available in the Youth Department. Call 859-3282 to reserve a time.