Youth

Storytimes

storytime
The storytimes listed below are offered continually, with recesses occurring in December, May and August. All sessions will be held in the Junior League Program Room on the first floor. No registration is required. For specific dates refer to the Calendar of Events.

Preschool Storytimes

  • Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Children ages three through five are invited to attend Preschool Storytimes. The 30-minute sessions consist of stories and activities for the preschooler. The same theme is shared throughout the week and stories are repeated from day to day.

Child's Play

  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

We also offer Child's Play on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This is a weekly opportunity for kids to explore their creative side. Rotating programs may include components of traditional storytimes, active movement and rhythm with music and dance, and simple crafts. The program is best-suited for preschool-age children, but we will happily welcome all who wish to join us. 

Tales for Tots

  • Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Children birth to age three and a caregiver are invited to come to the library for sessions filled with simple exercises, stories, songs, rhymes, parenting tips and more.

Other Programs

Many additional programs are offered throughout the year for children of all ages. Repeated programs are listed below. Please check the Calendar of Events for specific dates and times.       No registration is required unless indicated.   

Reading Assistance Dogs

  • 1st Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Children have the opportunity to read aloud to dogs from Quad City Canines. This is great practice for kids and helps them build their vocabulary and build self-confidence. 

Child Making Craft
 Creation Studio: Early-Out Make-It Take-It 

  • Alternating Early-Out Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Stop into the Creation Studio on Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley Early-Out Wednesdays to do a fun make-it take-it craft. This program is best-suited for children 5 years old and older.

Creation Studio: Library Laboratory

  • Alternating Early-Out Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Explore the wacky world of science at the library on Bettendorf/Pleasant Valley Early-Out Wednesdays. Take part in hands-on science experiments or watch a science demonstration. This event is best-suited for children 5 years old and older.

Lego Club

Come enjoy free-building with the library’s Lego blocks. Build something using directions or create something using your own imagination.

Book Explorers

  • Book Club for grades 4 and above

Book Explorers is a youth book discussion group that meets over 3 sessions to discuss a selected book. Check at the Youth Services Desk or the Calendar of Events for the upcoming session’s title. Participants will be given the book on the first meeting date and then progressively discuss it over the following weeks. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required.

 Story Travelers

  • Book Club for grades 2 through 4

Book Discussion group for those in grades 2 - 4. Pick the book up at the Youth Services Desk and read it before the book discussion. Discuss and do activities based on the book at the meeting. Check at the Youth Services Desk or the Calendar of Events for the upcoming session’s title. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not required. Registration is required.

Reading Programs

Seasonal reading programs are offered for children from birth through 6th grade. A Read-To-Me Program is provided for children not yet reading on their  own and a Readers program is also provided for independent readers. Participants must meet the required reading goals set by the Library to receive a reading certificate and awards. Each reading program is based on a theme which is carried throughout the materials, awards and displays.

PreSchool Reading Program

Research shows that children are never too young to be read a story. With that in mind, toddlers and preschoolers (up to 5 years old, not yet in kindergarten) are invited to take part in a special reading program just for them! The toddler/preschool reading program is held during the month of October and is similar to the programs offered for older children. We have designed the handouts and awards so they are suitable for young listeners.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is offered for 8 - 10 weeks beginning the end of May and continuing through the end of July. This is a reading program for all ages. We also offer many special programs throughout the summer for children. 

Winter Reading Program

A Winter Reading Program is provided for 4 - 6 weeks in January and February. This is a reading program for all ages, including a Read-To-Me Program provided for children not yet reading. We also offer special programs during this time that go along with the reading program's theme.