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Summer Reading June-July

Director's Note

Welcome to Summer Reading 2017 ‘Build a Better World’! From June 5th through July 29th we will be busy with programming all over town and in the library. Check out our website and Facebook page for the latest.

Each year our summers are so successful because of the wonderful businesses and volunteers in our community. The Summer Reading program is entirely sponsor funded. Which means no tax dollars are spent!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to General Mills as our primary sponsor! The majority of our performers and almost all of the award books are paid for by General Mills. We would also like to thank Goodhue-Nolte Insurance and Cyber Solutions for sponsoring performers! Cyber Solutions also purchased a Kindle Fire for an adult prize! Subway, Blank Park Zoo, Fareway and the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce partnered with us for great reading incentives this year. And finally thank you Kristin Johnson for your amazing graphic skills and the Friends of the Carlisle Library for all you do!

Flock-A-Friend Fundraiser

June 1 - August 15, 2017

How Flocking Works
You can flock a friend for a DONATION of only $25. Upon receipt of your order form and donation, Friends of the Carlisle Library will secretly place a flock of flamingos in the requested friend’s yard. The flock of birds and a ‘You’ve Been Flocked’ sign will remain in the friend’s yard for a few days unless an Early Removal Service Fee is paid. A notice will be attached explaining the removal policy, how to order the flamingos to be “forwarded”, and how to buy flamingo “insurance”. Sorry, our birds may not migrate onto public property or at apartment complexes and generally will only be placed within the Carlisle School District. Ask us if you have a location outside the district, however, and we’ll see if we can accommodate your request!


Flocking is done in good spirits and is not meant to be malicious. Also, to make this fundraiser successful, we must have willing participants, so please do not flock someone that will harm our birds, hold them for ransom, or have our “flockers” arrested! We did not budget for legal fees. Our flocking crews are all volunteers donating their time to Friends of the Carlisle Library. All flocking is done by donation. Flock removal does not require payment, but a donation to Friends of the Carlisle Library would always be welcomed. The Flamingos are precious property to us and we want to keep them in our possession so all can enjoy. If you have any questions, call the Flock-A-Friend Hotline at 515-809-2525 or email us at info@CarlisleLibraryFriends.com.

Escape from the Library

The Escape from the Library event was based off of the book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, which was the 4th and 5th grade book club book for the month of April. Teams were encouraged to use teamwork and their resources to solve various riddles and puzzles including; morse code, sign language, a maze requiring a UV light, pictograms and more. Their reward was once they "broke into" the box was their snacks. While challenging all of the attendees were interested in a repeat event. Keep your eyes on our newsletter and facebook page for similar events.

Summer Reading Program

Program runs June 5th-July 29th.

Kids’ Program

Ages 0-5th grade (grade completed)

Choose to track books or hours

Read and earn: Zoo pass, FISS ice cream cone, Subway coupon, refueling drink from Fareway and a Book to keep forever

Teen Program

For 6th-12th grades (grade completed)

Read books to win: FISS ice cream cone, Subway coupon, Book to keep

Each completed page is an entry to win a Fitbit, chamber bucks or prize packages.

Additional entries for attending teen events.

Adult Program

Complete a book review for any book you read and get entered for a drawing to win some awesome prizes, including a Kindle Fire!

Adult Avenue

First Tuesday Book Club

Every month on the First Tuesday there is an Adult Book Club that meets to discuss from various genres. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm on June 6th. This month the book is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Taylor. July's meeting will take place on July 11th at 6:30 pm.

Adult Make and Take

June 2nd at 1 pm, attendees will be making washer necklaces. July 7th at 1 pm, attendees will be making decorative magnets. Donations are accepted for supplies. As with previous months, you are more than welcome to bring your own project to work on, in the company of friends and laughs.
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Family Fun

** Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by someone 14 years old or up at all library programs and events.

Special Perfomers

All Special Performers are going to be at 1 PM at the Family Life Center.

June 5th- Blank Park Zoo

June 12th- Rockin' Rob Musician

June 19th- Jester Puppets

June 26th- Rick Eugene Magician

July 10th- Bubble Wonders

July 17th- Science Center of Iowa

Tinker Time

Every Wednesday 2-3:30 pm, join us for a free form craft day. The children's librarian is going to take out all of the craft supplies and let patrons of all ages create whatever comes to mind, the only limit is your imagination.

Game Days

All Game Days are Thursdays 3-4:30 PM at the Carlisle Public Library. Join us and play board games, card games, wii games and computer games.

Pajama Storytime

Every Thursday at 6pm, join us for a family storytime with bedtime themed stories, puppets, flannels and ukulele playing.

"Drive-In" Movie

Join us for an after-hours event. Kids can make their own cardboard box car to bring to the Carlisle Public Library at 6 PM. (boxcar is optional)

June 9th

June 23rd

Special Events

Not Your Grandma's Scavenger Hunt (Foundation Scavenger Hunt)

Saturday, June 10th 1-3Pm

$25 per team/ up to 6 per team Register at the library by Friday, June 2nd.

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Teen Scene

Teens who attend programs will get an extra entry to win a fitbit, chamber bucks or a prize package.

Teen Game Night

Friday, June 16th, 6-8pm

135 School Street

Carlisle, IA

Teen Game Night is an event for area teens to come and play Wii, Xbox kinect, and board games. Teens are welcome to bring a game to share. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Happy Faces Entertainment

Friday, June 30th, 6:30pm

135 School Street

Carlisle, IA

Fun Through Puzzles

Crews will be created. Teamwork will be tested. Skills will be shown. Work together to race against your fellow researchers and show off your Mad Skillz.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Bad Art Night

Friday, July 14th, 6pm

135 School Street

Carlisle, IA

Are you good at art? Great! Are you terrible at art? Even better! Join us for a friendly competition using alternative art mediums.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Breakout Box

Friday, July 28th, 6pm

135 School Street

Carlisle, IA

Test your problem solving and see if you can break out of the library, by solving various puzzles and riddles.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Kids Corner

Summer Storytimes


Tuesdays at 10:30 AM- Lapsit Storytime- Perfect for caregivers with kiddos that love to cuddle or have one-on-one attention. Learn songs and rhymes that you can do with kids to teach them early literacy skills and most importantly have fun.


Wednesday at 10:30 AM- Mover and Shaker Storytime- Perfect for caregivers with kiddos that just need to get their wiggles out. Join us for songs, dances, rhymes, stories and fun.


Mondays in July at 10:30 AM- School-aged storytime- for older kids who can enjoy longer stories.