June 22, 2023

RML’s Find Your Voice Summer Reading Program 2023 begins Saturday, July 1 and runs through Monday, July 31. Activities include Reading Challenges with prizes for all ages, Kids and Teens Grab and Go Activity Bags, craft events and fine forgiveness.

Kids - Infant – 6th grade (completed):

4-Week Reading Challenge: Register at the front desk, pick up or print from our website a reading log that features reading and activity challenges. Earn prizes and books by participating. The more you participate the more prizes you will receive! Participants can display a “Library Champion” sign in their yard. Watch for these as you drive around town.

Make & Take Crafts: Held every Wednesday in July, stop by between 1:30 and 3:30 to make a craft to take home.

  • July 5 Sidewalk Chalk Painting
  • July 12 Bugmallows (marshmallow bugs)
  • July 19 Flying Butterfly
  • July 26 Sand Art Jars

Grab and Go Activities: Features fun, challenging projects to create at home. Available on the second Wednesday of each month while supplies last.

Summer Explorers Series:

Summer Explorers continues in July and August on selected Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am.

  • July 5 – Design Your Own Pin
  • July 19 – Twig Monogram
  • August 2 – Sara Berges, Soil Conservationist, USDA
  • August 16 – Erin Cubbon, Naturalist, ACCB

RML at the Allamakee County Fair: Story Walk Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23: RML will be hosting a Story Walk featuring a popular children’s book. Families and children are encouraged to read the book by walking from page to page as they stroll the Fair Grounds. The starting point of the Story Walk is at the Grain Bin Gazebo and ends in front of the new Fair Office. Kid’s Day at the Fair Friday, July 21, 1-4pm, join us for bubble and more.

Passport to Reading: Book club for kids grades 4th through 6th.  Join us as we read Other words for home by Jasmine Warga July 6 and Out of my mind by Sharon Draper August 3.  Passport to Reading meets once a month on Thursday from 10:30-11:30am to discuss the book, participate in fun book-related activities, and enjoy snacks. Register at the Kids Summer Programs link below.

Teens: - 7th – 12th grades (completed)

Reading Challenge: Register at the front desk, pick up or print from our website a Reading Challenge Brochure. Earn prizes and books by completing reading minutes and literary quests. Earn entries to prize drawings for a tablet/Kindle or book package. The more you participate the more prizes you earn!

Teen Book Clubs:

Teen Summer Book Club—July’s book selection is The floating islands by Rachel Neumeier. Join us Wednesday, July 12 from 10:30-11:30am for snacks and discussion! August’s book club meets on Wednesday, August 9 from 10:30-11:30am for snacks and discussion of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

Classic Book Club for Teens—This club is reading and discussing classic books: Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl and Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne. Classic Book Club meets at 5pm on Mondays, July 10; and August 14.

Register for Teen Summer Book Club and/or Classic Book Club for Teens at the Teen Summer Program Link below.


Adults who participate in the 2023 Adult Reading Challenge through July will be entered into a special drawing of a bird feeder or a Kindle device. Read a title from one of 12 reading categories: Author's 1st Book; Author/Genre Never Read; Autobiography/Memoir; Community Themed; Epistolary (Letter/Journal); Featuring a Creative Activity; Featuring Social Change; History; Magazine; Poetry; Recommended; Religious, Spiritual, or Inspirational. Complete an entry on our website (www.waukon.lib.ia.us) or at RML.

Events for adults in July:

  • Thursday Night Book Club: discussing a title that features a business or industry, Thursday, July 20 at 6pm
  • Live & Learn: History and Breeding of Pigeons with Jim Brandt, Thursday, July 27 at 5:30pm

Fine Forgiveness: For those who participate in one of our Reading Programs. Children and Teens who register for the Summer Reading Challenge in July can have your overdue fines forgiven. Adults who read at least one book for the 2023 Adult Reading Challenge in July 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.