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Fall Programs Are Coming!

School is back in session and soon even summer heat and humidity will be nothing but a memory. Along with cooler days and brightly colored leaves, autumn brings a return to our school-year programming calendar!

We also have plans for exciting annual or quarterly events, so keep checking back for more information on programs like littleBits Builders, Scarytime, and the always-popular Legopalooza!


Weekly Storytimes for a Variety of Ages*

Toddler Reading



Storytime Information

Monday 9:30 a.m.
Babytime, Birth-12 months**
10:30 a.m.
Babytime, 12-24 months
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Preschool, 3-5 years
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time, 2 & 3 years
2:30 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

There are no storytimes in August, while we prepare for fall programs 

(and recover from the summer ones).

Storytimes will resume on Tuesday, September 2.

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

** The birth-12 month storytime moved to Mondays at 9:30, beginning April 28.


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.

Our Next Movie:  Disneynature: Bears, Thursday, September 21.

For additional information, please check the CFPL homepage.

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.

2014-15 Puppet Show Dates Are:

             October 3            November 7          December 5

                January 2          February 6           March 6           

                                           April 3

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


Summer Reading: Fizz, Boom, Read...WOW!

Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Make This Year's Program Our Biggest One, Yet!

Summer 2014 Alternate Logo

This year's science-themed program featured 4 musical performances, 3 science shows, 2 movie nights, and 1 visit each from IPT favorite Dan Wardell AND best-selling author and performer Eric Litwin!

The 1,465 kids who signed up for summer reading logged over 6,300 library visits; made more than 2,800 crafts; and earned over 1,800 free books! 

Attendance at special events was amazing.  Dan Wardell's visit on June 25th set a new one-day record when over 500 people came to the two sessions, only to have Eric Litwin exceed that mark the very next day!

Congratulations to our prize winners:

Babies: Hadley H.; Bria H.

Bricks & Books Baskets: Cooper H.; Jacie W.; Jenna H.

Lego Basket Grand Prize: Levi N.

Books, Books, Books! Basket: Natalie S.

Thank you, again, to everyone who made this year's Summer Reading Program a huge hit, particularly the CFPL Friends of the Library organization, for providing funds for crafts and prizes! For more information on joining the Friends group, click on the Volunteer/Friends tab at the top of this page.


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


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Upcoming Events
LIBRARY CLOSED - Thanksgiving Nov 28, 2014 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Social Stitching Nov 29, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Friends Evening Book Discussion Dec 02, 2014 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM — Conference Room
Puppet Show Dec 05, 2014 04:00 PM - 04:45 PM — Youth Department
Iowa's Own Monuments Man: George Stout Dec 06, 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM — Cedar Falls Community Center
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