Summer reading program

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Micah Castillo, grandson of Roger and Barb Moser of Guttenberg, was introduced to a trio of exotic snakes at a Guttenberg Public Library program on June 21. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker 

The Guttenberg Public Library's summer reading program/challenge Adventure Begins at the Library! Read, Explore, Create, Discover! began June 21, with an exotic animal program sponsored by Guttenberg Industries and presented by Dr. Mike Bechtel, Associate Professor of Science Education at Wartburg College, followed by a visit from Osborne on June 26. 

Programming will take a pause the week of Fourth of July, and resume on Wednesday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Guttenberg Library. 

"Every other year the Clayton County Library Association does a round robin program," said Librarian Katey Simon. "This year we will be featuring the children's book Addie Ant goes on an Adventure, by authors Maren Morris and Karina Argow, and illustrator Kelly Anne Dalton. A craft and game will also be part of this program."

Fantastic Foam

On Monday, July 15, at 1 p.m. Absolute Science with their Fantastic Foam program will entertain library patrons at the Guttenberg Municipal Building auditorium. The program is sponsored by Guttenberg Library Foundation and promises to be full of fun and surprises! 

Water Moves: Water Games

On Wednesday, July 24, at 1 p.m. Water Moves: Water Games will be held in the north park gazebo, and hosted by Stacie from Iowa PBS. 

Swim night

On Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. the Guttenberg Public Library will host a swim night at the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool for reading challenge participants. Prizes for reading challenges will be awarded at this event. Need not be present to win.

Reading challenge

Public library summer reading programs are designed to encourage children, teens, and young adults to read throughout the summer months to keep their skills sharp when school resumes in the fall.

This summer's reading challenges include: 

• Preschool - 2nd grade: For every twenty minutes read participants can color a sun. For every row of suns young readers can pick out a small prize and receive a ticket to put in the big prize box. 

• 3rd - 6th grade: For every four books completed readers will receive a small prize and a ticket for the big prize box. 

• 7th - 12th grade and adults: For every two books completed readers will receive a small prize and a ticket for the big prize box. 

• Adults are welcome to sign up. 

Passport and scavenger hunt

Each participant will also receive a passport, and have an opportunity to complete the library scavenger hunt for prizes and tickets.


Prizes include a gift certificate to Prairie Fun Land in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; a pineapple Squishmallow; magnetic fun board; dinosaur and truck toy kit; gift certificate to Bear Foot Bay in Prairie du Chien, Wis.; Hydro Flask; magnetic doodle board; portable Bluetooth speaker; a doll and selection of handcrafted clothing, and a gift certificate for a pizza party at Joe's Pizza in Guttenberg. 

Toddler Storytime

The library will continue to hold their ongoing toddler storytime on June 28, and July 12 and 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the library 

Dramatic Play Area

"Remember to check out the library's dramatic play area! Our creative, hardworking Youth Services Librarian built an airplane and flight check in area," commented Simon. 

For additional information call the library at 563-252-3108 or email

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