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Youth Programs

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Toddler Reading Program

This fall, the Bettendorf Public Library encourages all parents of children ages 0 to 5 years old who have not started kindergarten to register their child for this year’s Toddler/Preschool Reading Program: Stick to Reading.  The program runs from October 1st through October 31st.  To complete the program children only need to listen to 20 stories.  Children will receive a new book for completing the program.

TeenTober Reading & Video Challenge

The Quad City Area Libraries are inviting you to participate in a reading and video challenge! Tweens and teens 11-19 or in 6th - 12th grade can track thier reading over the month of October. Each library competes to see which one can have the most readers, the most minutes read, and most average minutes read per reader. So represent Bettendorf Public Library and track your reading here or download a paper log.

Tweens and teens can also submit videos in two categories: short form (like TikTok) or long form (3-5 minutes). You can work in groups or individually. Videos can be anything as long as they are appropriate for all ages. Visit http://bit.ly/2020teenvideocontest for more info on submitting your video.

Toddler Reading Program

Virtual Programs

Preschool Storytime Online

Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and more for our online version of preschool storytime. Storytimes consist of stories and follow-along activities designed for preschool-aged children 3 to 5 years old.

Tales for Tots Online

Listen to stories, move to music, recite action rhymes, and learn fingerplays with our online Tales for Tots program. This program is made for ages birth to 3 years old and their caregivers.

Creation Studio: Grab-and-Go

Pick up a bag of supplies full of materials to make cool crafts every first Monday of the month starting Monday, September 14, 2020 (after Labor Day Monday). Learn how to make each craft project with a quick video we will post online or use the printed instructions inside the bag. You can pick up the current bags on the first Monday of the month in the Children’s area of the library and thereafter during library open hours until we run out of grab-and-go bags. 

After School Kids Lab: Remote Edition

Join us online for a remote edition of After School Kids Lab. Every Wednesday, we will post a fun science experiment, craft, game, or skill that you can do at home.

Book Bites: Bite-Size Book Talks from the Bettendorf Public Library

Listen to a variety of short book talks brought to you from the library staff from the Bettendorf Public Library. You're sure to find a book to fit your reading taste.

Storytime Live

Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and more for our online version of preschool storytime. Storytimes consist of stories and follow-along activities designed for preschool-aged children 3 to 5 years old… BUT LIVE ON FB!!!! Let us know if you want a shoutout!

Check out our past digital content!

Teen Programs At Home

During social distancing, the Library is offering programs for you to enjoy at home!
Try these YouTube Playlists:

TeenTober Reading & Video Challenge

The Quad City Area Libraries are inviting you to participate in a reading and video challenge! Tweens and teens 11-19 or in 6th - 12th grade can track thier reading over the month of October. Each library competes to see which one can have the most readers, the most minutes read, and most average minutes read per reader. So represent Bettendorf Public Library and track your reading here or download a paper log.

Tweens and teens can also submit videos in two categories: short form (like TikTok) or long form (3-5 minutes). You can work in groups or individually. Videos can be anything as long as they are appropriate for all ages. Visit http://bit.ly/2020teenvideocontest for more info on submitting your video.

Fall 2020 Young Adult Programming

Teen Take Home Kits, instructional videos, and much more!

Check out our past digital content!


Crafting materials

Storytimes

The story times 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 our 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.

Storytime

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. 

After School Kids Lab

Early-Out Wednesdays during the school year from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This program will alternate between making crafts, doing science experiments, playing games, and learning new skills. Drop in any time between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to create, have fun, or explore something new! This event is best-suited for children 5 years old and older.

After School Kids Lab

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. 

Teen Reading Challenge

A competition between Quad City Area Libraries during the month of October.

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.