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2018 Summer Reading Program to start at RML

Join us for summer reading programs and challenge!

"Libraries Rock" is the theme of Robey Memorial Library's 2018 Summer Reading Program. Patrons are invited to try something new this summer: at home, in the community, throughout the country, and around the globe. Read a new book, try a new craft, meet new people, and learn about new places.


Children's summer events include:

  • The 4-week Reading Challenge runs from Monday, July 9th through Saturday, August 4th. Participants, ages infant through 6th grade (completed), earn prizes for weekly participation, enter a drawing for special prizes, and display their reading totals in the library. See our website or stop in to pick up a reading log and to get more details.  As in past years, Reading Challenge participants display a Library Champion sign in their yard. Watch for these as you drive around town.
  • D Slogan colored copyKids Make-and-Take will be held Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. Participants may come in anytime during that two-hour period to participate in a project. The planned Make-and-Take creations are available for viewing at the library; kids will be Painting Rocks, making Twig Percussion Sticks, CD Weavings and Rainsticks.
  • Robey Memorial Library (RML) Trustees and staff will be available at a booth in the Pavilion during the Allamakee County Fair, Wednesday, July 18th – Sunday, July 22rd providing information and answering questions regarding the library collection, services, etc., also you will want to make use of our fun photo booth available during Pavilion hours. Families and children are encouraged to participate in a Story Walk, where they read a popular children's story by walking from page to page as they stroll the Fair Grounds. The starting point of the Story Walk is at RML booth in the Pavilion with interactive materials available as the book is completed. Additional library activities will be going on during Kid's Day on Friday, July 20st from 12-4pm.
  • RML continues its year-around programming through the summer w/ Tuesday Story Time: held each Tuesday morning from 10:30-11am. Scheduled readers through the summer are Sue Kiesau, and Ross Geerdes (ACCB) (2nd Tues), and library staff. Afternoon w/ Ross: is scheduled on the fourth Tuesdays, June 26th and July 24th at 3:30– 4pm, where he will share information and hands-on materials on Lightning Bugs and Crayfish.
  • Summer Explorer series that was held in June will resume the first two Wednesdays in August at 10-11am in the RML Community Room. August 1st program will be Karst & Conservation (sinkholes, caves) w/ Sara Berges (SWCD) and August 8th program is Rock Painting w/ library staff in conjunction w/ Allamakee Libraries Rock Community Program.

E Book Band colored copyTeens

The teen summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, July 9th. Teens grade 7-12 are encouraged to pick up or print a Reading Log. Teens who read or participate in activities can earn free books & prizes. Teen Summer Reading events include:

  • Teen Make & Takes: Drop in on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 between 1:30-3:30pm. We are making Cactus Painted Rocks, Disco Balls, CD Scratch Art, and Book Folding Art.
  • Join us for Teen Book Club on Wednesdays, July 11 and August 8 at 10:30am. We are sharing about books with at least one non-human character in July. In August, we are discussing Alive by Scott Sigler. Teens who participate in the June or August Book Club receive a free copy of Alive from the RML Foundation. Snacks provided during the discussions!


Q Book Slogan colored copyAdults are encouraged to participate in the Libraries Rock Reading Challenge through December 31st. Receive a drawing entry for reading from one of twelve pre-selected categories: book in a series; tragedy—fiction or non-fiction; funny—fiction or non-fiction; graphic novel; recommended book—fiction or non-fiction; learn something new; cross-cultural author or theme; written under a pseudonym; LISTEN to an audiobook; genre or subject never read before; holiday theme; or music theme. Receive a bonus entry for reading a book with a song lyric in the title! Prizes given by random drawing after the challenge is complete on December 31, 2018. Prizes include: a Kindle/tablet, mp3 device, Waukon Bucks, and local business Gift Certificate bundle. Books must be read during the 2018 calendar year to be eligible for the drawing. Submit your entry form to the library or online throughout the year.

Adult Summer events include:Adult summer events include:

  • Chess Club, Mondays, 4-6pm
  • Hook & Needle Club, Thursday, July 5, 5:30pm
  • Free monthly programs: Getting Started with Bullet Journals, Thursday, June 28, 5:30pm; Musical Journeys concert with Mark Armstrong, storyteller & musician, Thursday, July 26, 5:30pm; and Art Journaling, Thursday, August 30, 5:30pm.
  • Musical Matinees: Showing Pirates of Penzance, Tuesday, July 3 at 1pm; and The Music Man, Tuesday, August 7 at 1pm.

O Read On colored copyAgain this year, Fine Forgiveness is available for all who participate in one of our Reading Programs. Children and Teens who register for the Summer Reading Challenge July 9-August 4 can have your overdue fines forgiven. Adults who read at least one book for the 2018 Adult Reading Challenge before August 4 can have your overdue fines forgiven. (Be sure to remind the library staff of your participation). Fine Forgiveness does not include lost or damaged items on your library account.

All patrons are encouraged to bring their family and friends to Table Game Day on Saturday, July 14, 10am-12pm. Learn to play the game Settlers of Catan or play any table game from our selection.
All programs are free of charge.

Please contact Robey Memorial Library will questions about any of our programs!