Fine-forgiveness week, summer reading sign-ups begin May 21

Musser Public Library
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MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Musser Public Library is gearing up for its children’s summer reading program, Read Beyond the Beaten Path. May 21 is both the first sign-up day for this program and the first day of Fine-Free Week, during which the library will forgive library fines at the patron’s request.

To have your fines forgiven, simply call us with your request at 563-263-3065 or stop by the circulation and information desk.

Read Beyond the Beaten Path runs from May 31 to July 29. In addition to our regular early childhood events, the library will also offer weekly, onsite drop-in programs. The first of these will be Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff from the Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium will bring a touch tank holding small sharks and rays, and they will be there to answer questions. 

Other programs will include mapping with the Iowa Children’s Museum, Incredible Bats, a truck petting zoo, Cowboy Randy, the Bayer STEM Outreach Team, Dave Bakke of Muscatine County Conservation, and Duffy DeFrance, former director of children’s services. The library will also partner with Muscatine Parks and Recreation for an Infant-Toddler Swim and Tot Lot.

Summer reading for teens (ages 12 and up) will include drop-in weekly Makerspace events at 1 p.m. on Fridays throughout the program. Art, science, writing, and cooking projects will all be offered.

On the 4th of July, the library will keep tradition, offering the children’s dress-up Parade in partnership with the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The parade will meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of 2nd and Pine streets.

Speaking of parades, summer reading’s grand finale will have two of them, as part of the Earth-Friendly Energy Fair on Saturday, July 30. The library encourages young readers and their families to come downtown with their bicycles and other ride-ons to participate in the people-powered parade at 9 a.m. Alternatively, if the families own an electric, plug-in hybrid, or standard hybrid vehicle, they can participate in the EV Parade that will follow. After the parades, we will gather in the library’s east parking lot to learn more about energy efficiency and have some fun.

To receive updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram. Another source of updated information will be our website, Look for a more detailed schedule as summer approaches.

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