Voyage to "Book Island" this Summer with the

Rock Island Public Library!


Summer is here, and there's no better place for cool (and free) family fun than the activities of the Rock Island Public Library's "Voyage to Book Island" Summer Reading program. The library is running reading incentive programs for all ages - children, teens and adults - and hosting special programs, workshops and performances.

{mosimage}The Rock Island Library Children's Services Department is offering kids ages preschool to 6th grade plenty of chances to read books and earn prizes from the library's pirate's treasure case. Summer reading registration kicks off Tuesday, May 30, with the reading program lasting through Friday, July 14.  You may enter anytime between those dates. To enter, just pick up a reading log at any of the three Rock Island Library locations. For questions, please call 309-732-7360.

To make reading a family activity this summer, the library also offers reading incentives for teens and adults. To register for either the young adult or adult reading program, stop by any Rock Island Public Library. Winners will be drawn from entry slips submitted between May 30 to July 14. 

Ongoing summer reading events include preschool storytimes at the 30/31 Branch with stories and games designed for children ages 3 to 5. The Tuesday storytimes are offered at 10:30 a.m. on June 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Younger children ages 18 months to 36 months can develop their language skills with the stories and games of  "Toddler Time" at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island. The Thursday storytimes are offered at 9:30 a.m. on June 1, 8, 22 and 29.

No registration is required for either the pre-school or toddler time storytimes.

Additional summer reading activities include opportunities to sign up for special short-term programs. Enrollment is limited, with registration opening May 30. For details, please call 309-732-7360.

Mark your calendars, and plan to set sail for special summer reading programs:
  • Fun in the Sun @ 30/31 Branch: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., June 7, 14, 21, 28  (Activities for Kindergarten through 3rd graders.)
  • Main Library Art Series: Tuesdays, 2 to 3 p.m., June 6, 13, 20, 27 & July 11 (For grades 3-7)
  • Main Library Drama Series: Wed./Thursdays, 1-3 p.m, June 7 through July 13 (For grades 4-9)
  • Teen Tie-Dye Extravaganza, Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Main Library. Free. T-shirt will be provided! Registration required. Call 732-7341 with your t-shirt size no later than June 21. Designed for teens 13 to 18 years old.

Additional Summer Reading family events are planned for both the Main Library at 401-19th Street and the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. The schedule includes the following "Book Island" performances: 


Walk the Plank to Main Library Performances:

Wed., June 21:       The "Snakeman," Gary Lievens, 10 a.m.

Thurs., June 22:       Belly Dancing, 3 p.m.

Wed., June 28:       Niabi Zoo animals, 11 a.m.

Drop Anchor for Southwest Branch Performances:


Thurs, June 15:       Singer Kathleen Gibson, 10:30 a.m.

Thurs., June 29:       Niabi Zoo animals, 11 a.m.

Chart a Course for the ComedySportz Laugh Camp

Learn how to perform improvisational comedy with ComedySportz coaches. Please choose the session that matches the grade the student has completed at the time of the class. The workshops are in the Main Library's Community Room. To register, call (309) 732-7360.

Tuesday, June 13:             Workshop for 4th through 8th graders, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wed., June 14:             Workshop for 9th through 12th graders, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Summer Reading is funded by the Friends of the Rock Island Public Library. Southwest Branch events are sponsored by the Milan-Blackhawk Area Public Library District.


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