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Weekly Storytimes for a Variety of Ages*

Toddler Reading



Storytime Information

Monday 10:30 a.m.
Babytime, 0-23 months
Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Preschool, 3-5 years
Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time, 2 & 3 years
3:00 p.m.
After-school club for school-aged children
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.  

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 Summer Library Program! June 5-July 29

Join us for a full summer of reading, learning activities, and entertainment.  Registration begins June 5.  Below is a list of our special performances.  All events will take place in the upstairs meeting room unless otherwise noted.  Please note that in accordance with our safe child policy, children under 11 years old must be accompanied by a responsible older caregiver (teenager or adult) at all times while in the library.  Click here to access the safe child policy.

Storytime in the Park at Neighbors Park!

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays June 8, 15, and 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27 for an outdoor storytime under treethe park shelter.  Children will be able to participate in the summer library program by attending, obtain a library card, and check out books from a small mobile collection there.  Located on the corner of Center and Cedar St. In case of rain or other inclement weather, storytime in the park will be cancelled for that day. Please note that there will be no storytime in the park on June 22--instead, please join us at the Community Center next to the library for Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip that day at 9:30 and 10:30.

Friday, June 9 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.: Mesner Puppets performs The Stinky Cheese Man.           mesner       

Mesner Puppets, now in its 29th season, is a globally known professional puppet theatre company based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company performs a local season of plays as well as tours nationally and internationally to more than 30,000 audiences annually. 

Monday, June 12 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.: Hanson Family Jugglers     hanson family

Mark Hanson, a two-time Guinness World Record holder for speed juggling, his national unicycle champion daughter, Christa, and the rest of the Hanson Family, are bringing their talents to the Cedar Falls Public Library to present their “I Can Build A Better World” library program.  Bring your kids to hear inspiring stories and watch the Hanson family perform amazing juggling and unicycle tricks they have showcased on two occasions for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. 

Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m.: Puppet Show with Kelly, Deb, and Kay       Blue Luppet

Join Cedar Falls youth librarian Kelly Stern and Waterloo Public Library's Deb and Kay for a puppet show that is sure to make you smile.  

Monday, June 19 from 10:30-12:30: Insect Zoo

Come and view the Insect Zoo's exhibit.  This is a drop-in any time during the two-hour period to take a look program during which you will see the amazing.

insect zoo

Monday, June 19 from 1:30-3:00: Insect Zoo: The Building of Bugs

Join the folks from ISU's Insect Zoo for a talk about the many buildings made by the bugs of the world.  Near the end of the program, participants will be invited to touch some of the animals on display.  For ages 9-12.  Registration required and limited to 35.  Click here to register.

Thursday, June 22 at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip!                                                  

dan wardellJoin us for IPTV's Dan Wardell's annual summer Reading Road Trip.  This will be Dan's only summer Road Trip appearance in Black Hawk County.  At the Community Center next door to the library.


Wednesday, June 28 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.: David Fisher, the Rope Warrior       rope warrior

Guinness World Record holder David Fisher, AKA The Rope Warrior, has jumped his way into books, countless live shows, and TV shows, appearing on America's Got Talent, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News, Sportscenter and CNN.  His amazing agility and skill have won him the title of World’s Greatest Rope Jumper by Ripley’ Believe It Or Not! as well as a Guinness World Record.  

Friday, June 30 at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Bubble Wonders

bubble wondersBubble Wonders is fun, inspiring, educational, and captivates both young and old. Bubble Wonders is full of amazing bubble tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, bubbles inside of bubbles, kid inside a bubble and more.

Friday, July 7 at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Rad Zoo    rad zoo                               

Join us for a fun, engaging, and interactive look at some of the world's most amazing reptiles. We provide an enjoyable experience for our audience, while instilling a greater understanding of these unique animals and the incredible lives they live.  There will be an opportunity for the audience to touch one of the animals in a controlled setting, after which we will provide hand sanitizer.

 Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: Babaloo, children's musician

babalooJoin us for singing and stomping, dancing and shouting, music, magic, and mayhem with children's musician Babaloo.  Near the end of the program, the audience will participate as drummers. At the Community Center next to the library.


Friday, July 21 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: Absolute Science                 

ab science

Absolute Science is an amazingly fun and educational program aimed at children of all ages to become engaged in the world of science through its demonstrations and experiments.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Cedar Falls Public Library is proud to announce the launch of our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  The program is part of a national literacy initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read often to their children before they begin school. The program provides a small incentive at each 100-book milestone, and at the 200 and 1,000-book milestones, your child will receive a new book to keep. We will also have periodic graduation ceremonies to recognize children who finish the program.  Any child from birth until she/he enters kindergarten is eligible.

To register your child, stop by the youth desk at the library.  We'd love to get you started!

Coming in July and August: Solar Eclipse Activities

In preparation for a solar eclipse viewing event on August 21, the library will host a number of learning programs leading up to the day of the eclipse.  Pre-registration is required for some events noted below and is now open.  Use the links provided to register online, or call the youth department at 319-859-3282. All events are in the upstairs meeting room unless otherwise noted.

solar eclipse

Wed., 7/5 at 3 p.m.: Make a pinhole projection in a box.  Using a shoebox, participants will make a projection device that will allow them to view an image of the sun safely during the eclipse. Registration required and limited to 30. For school-aged children.  Click here to register.

Wed., 7/12 at 3 p.m.: Big Sun, Small Moon and Scale Model of Sun and Earth. Meet us at the park behind the first block of Main Street next to the river on State Street--behind Cup of Joe.  Participants will do activities that demonstrate why the Sun and Moon look as if they are the same size during a solar eclipse and they will explore the relative size of the Sun and Earth as well as the distance between them. Registration required and limited to 30.  For school-aged children. **In case of rain, this session will be cancelled.**   Click here to register.

Wed., 7/19 at 3 p.m.: How Big, How Far, How Hot, How Old?  Participants will manipulate images of Earth and space objects to learn about their size, distance from Earth, temperature, and age. Registration required and limited to 30. For school-aged children.  Click here to register. 

Wed., 7/26 at 3 p.m.: Sun Cookies.  Participants will explore aspects of the Sun and solar activity by modeling them as solar cookies. No registration required.  Limited to 100.  For children of all ages.  This is a drop-in program while supplies last.

Mon., 8/21 beginning at 11:30 a.m.: View the eclipse with us at the library!  Viewing glasses from the Space Science Institute will be available so that you may view the eclipse safely. No registration required.    

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 (September-May).  Interested in joining? Sign up for the first month's book clubs begins in mid-August.  For more information or to register, just stop by the youth desk or call 319-859-3282.

1st-Friday Puppet Shows!

Blue Luppet

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m.  

 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.


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