June 20, 2024

Robey Memorial Library’s “Read, Renew, Repeat” Summer Reading Program 2024 begins Monday, July 1 and runs through Wednesday, 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 completing the tasks assigned to the squares. 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 3 Clay Leaf Craft
  • July 10 Butterfly House
  • July 17 3-D Insect Mobile
  • July 24 Wire Whisk Dragonfly
  • July 31: Tissue Paper Painting

Grab and Go Activity Bags: 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 bi-weekly Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30am.

  • July 3 – Marbled Shaving Cream Art
  • July 17 – Salt Painting
  • July 31 – IOWA PBS Steam Stations w/ Stacie Steveson, Education Specialist
  • August 14 - TBD

Story Walk at the Allamakee County Fair: Wednesday, July 17 – Sunday, July 21: RML will be hosting a Story Walk featuring the hilarious children’s book Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. 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 Pavilion entrance, each stop will direct you to the next and ends at the Fair Office.

Passport to Reading: Book club for kids grades 4th through 6th.  Join us as we discuss a book read with an art theme on July 11 and a school theme on August 8.  Passport to Reading meets once a month on Thursday from 10:30-11:30am to discuss a book read, participate in fun book-related activities, and enjoy snacks. Register at the Kids Summer Programs link on our website (www.waukon.lib.ia.us) or contact RML at (563) 568-4424.


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 Waukon Bucks or book package. The more you participate the more prizes you earn!

Teen Book Clubs:

Teen Summer Book Club—July’s book selection is Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin. Join us Wednesday, July 10 from 10:30-11:30am for snacks and discussion! August’s book club meets on Wednesday, August 7 from 10:30-11:30am for snacks and discussion of The Rosewood Hunt by Mackenzie Reed.

Classic Book Club for Teens—This club is reading and discussing classic titles: The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Classic Book Club meets at 5:30pm on Mondays, July 8; and August 12.

Register for Teen Summer Book Club and/or Classic Book Club for Teens at the Teen Summer Program Link on our website (www.waukon.lib.ia.us) or contact RML at (563) 568-4424. First five registrants receive the book to keep; copies are available at RML.



Adults who participate in the 2024 Adult Reading Challenge through July will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. Read a title from one of 12 reading categories: Animal-themed; Based on a true story; Classic; From your childhood or youth; Nature-themed; Reader’s choice; Recycled (from a garage sale, second-hand store, friend, etc.); Science; Teaches you something; Tragedy; Travel-themed; and Weather-related. Complete an entry on our website (www.waukon.lib.ia.us) or at RML. The Adult Reading Challenge continues through December 31st.

Events for adults in July:

  • Thursday Night Book Club: discussing a title from a garage sale, second-hand sale, friend, etc., Thursday, July 18 at 6pm
  • Live & Learn: In Case of Emergency--Allamakee County Emergency Coordinator, Corey Snitker presents a program on being prepared for an emergency, evacuation or a disaster, Thursday, July 29 at 5:30pm


Fine Forgiveness:

For those who participate in one of our Reading Challenges: children and teens who register for the Summer Reading Challenge in July; and adults who read at least one book for the 2024 Adult Reading Challenge in July can have 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.