Read Books and Earn Prizes!

Read Books and Earn Prizes!

The Ottumwa Public Library is excited to announce our Summer Reading Program. As in previous years, we will have a program for all ages with the theme “Build a Better World.”  All of our programs run May 30-August 11.

Children ages 0-14 can sign up at the library. After registering, they will receive a reading log to complete. They then turn in their reading logs at the end of June, July, and shortened August months. With each completed log returned, kids will receive a goodie bag of prizes and be entered in the grand prize drawing for their age group.  Grand prizes for the three children’s age groups include: a large Lego Duplo set or a Build & Grow Prize pack for the Infant/Toddler/Preschool ages; a Lego Minecraft Fortress Building kit or a Build a Better World Prize pack for the K-5th grades; and an Amazon gift card or Build a Better World Prize pack for the 6th-8th grades.

The Summer Reading Program will also have 12 programs scheduled this summer to entertain children of all ages. This year they are scheduled at different times in an attempt to accommodate parents’ varying work schedules. We have daytime, evening and weekend performances scheduled.

The Library would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for hosting our programs which include:  Dizzy’s Summer Reading Kick Off on June 8th at 10:30 am.  Information about the other programs is available at the library and on our website.  The rest of the program lineup includes: IPTV’s Dan Wardell, Fax Gilbert’s Mime, Mask & Magic, Jim & Leslie’s Laughing Matters Juggling Show, Geoff Akins’ Bubble Wonders Bubble Show,  Pint Size Polkas, Miss Carole’s Macaroni Soup Active Music for Kids, Jonathan May’s Comedy Magic, Absolute Science,  The Lisa Laird Ventriloquist Show, Blank Park Zoo visit, and our End of the Summer Reading Program Carnival!  There are also Lego Clubs, Family Movie showings, and Board Game days scheduled so check our schedule often!

Stop by, call, or go to the library website ( for program detail