2020 Summer Reading Challenge

 

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"Imagine Your Story" Challenge Activities: Read, Watch, Do, Share

This summer, challenge yourself to try some of our suggested activities. Make sure you log them in our Summer Reading Challenge to earn some virtual badges!

Each week, we'll highlight more activities, but you can complete them in any order!

This summer, challenge yourself to try some of our suggested activities. Make sure you log them in our Summer Reading Challenge to earn some virtual badges!

  • Read a book, article, or story aloud.
  • Enjoy a film with subtitles.
  • Listen to "Reading Radio" (the library's radio segment) on KHOI 89.1FM Wednesdays at noon or on the archive at archive.khoifm.org.
  • Write a review for a book and share it with someone.

Ebby and Jill kick off our Summer Reading Challenge series by introducing you to this week's plan on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: a memoir or biography.
  • WATCH: an APL video on Facebook or YouTube (Complete if you're watching this!)
  • DO: Write a list of things you have read this year or plan to read in the future. You can use our catalog to create lists, too: catalog.amespl.org/polaris.
  • CONNECT: Ask someone for a book recommendation. Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Join Jerri and Nathaniel as they highlight some of our Summer Reading Challenge activities on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: something by or about an African-American
  • WATCH: a musical performance
  • DO: write a poem
  • CONNECT: share a poem with someone

Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at https://amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Amanda and Ashley introduce this week's challenge on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: a book set during summer or on a vacation
  • WATCH: a cooking show
  • DO: make lemonade or another summery drink
  • CONNECT: share a recipe with someone

Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at https://amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Bri and Chris introduce this week's challenge on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: Revisit a favorite story or book
  • WATCH: A black and white film or show
  • DO: Go to the Ames Tribune Archive and read about the day you were born (amespubliclibrary.org/learn-explore/local-history)
  • CONNECT: Write a letter to a friend or neighbor

Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at https://amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Megan and Jill introduce this week's challenge on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: a book in verse or a poem
  • WATCH: a documentary
  • DO: name or draw the plants you see
  • CONNECT: send a message or a letter to an author or artist to let them know what their work means to you

Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at https://amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Amanda and Ben introduce this week's challenge on our YouTube channel.

  • READ: a book set in a different country than your own
  • WATCH: a short film
  • DO: draw a picture inspired by a story you love
  • CONNECT: share a photo you love with someone

Be sure to log your activities in the summer reading challenge at https://amespubliclibrary.beanstack.org.

Susan and Julia introduce this week's challenge on our YouTube channel.

 

Upcoming Events

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Summer Reading Challenge

All Day 6/1 - 8/14
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
This year our summer reading challenge for all ages is designed to develop a reading habit and connect everyone to the world of ideas through the Ames Public Library. Read and complete challenges to earn virtual badges. See how many you c...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Outrage to Change Exhibit

7/1 @ 4:00pm - 7/31 @ 5:00pm
All Ages
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Ames Public Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts/Crafts
Program Details:
Come see some amazing art by Jill Wells in the Library's Southeast windows! This exhibit is part of Octagon Center for the Arts #outragetochange project, which is a pop-up art show featuring and supporting BIPOC artists. Jill Wells ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook Live! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Teens
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Boards/Government, Meetup
Program Details:
Help plan exciting library events for teens, share what you’re reading, and make new friends.  E-mail trastogi@amespubliclibrary.org for more information or to participate in the online meeting. Supported by the Ames Public Library Frien...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Terrific Tuesday: Tadpoles & Tales

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Special Event
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 989
Program Details:
Join us every Tuesday for a fun online event for families featuring a special presenter! This week, we'll have a live event with Tadpoles & Tales, a storytelling duo with music and participation, featuring Amy Ressler and musical genius Bob Re...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
This event was rescheduled from July 14 Join our panelists for a conversation and hear how menstruation ​connects to gender identity and race, learn about the different types of period products that exist, and discuss stigmas surrounding menstrual...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Books @ Noon

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Discussion, Meetup
Program Details:
Share what you've read recently—fiction or nonfiction—and hear about what everyone else is reading. Books @ Noon is currently communicating via e-mail. To learn more or to join the group, e-mail webref@amespubliclibrary.org. ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Family" group.

Storytime Online

10:00am - 10:30am
Family
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family
Program Type: Storytime
Program Details:
Join us for a storytime with your Ames Public Library friends on Facebook Live! You can also watch past storytimes on our YouTube channel.   ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Pridefest 2020 Storytelling Project

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Special Event
Program Details:
Ames Pridefest 2020 is ready to #StayInBeOut! The Pridefest 2020 Storytelling Project, in partnership with Ames Public Library, will create opportunities for local people to tell their stories during our Pridefest celebration. Stories will be shar...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.