Musser Library on quest to provide exciting summer reading

MUSCATINE, Iowa–This summer, Musser Public Library looks forward to sending readers of all ages on a journey towards fun summer reading experiences with their quest themed summer reading program. Through a new partnership with the Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department, the library looks forward to adding an exciting new dimension to summer reading that will keep readers of all ages engaged and safe throughout the summer.

As in years past, children, teens, and adults will have summer reading programs designed just for them. After May 24, children and teens may sign up for summer reading online. For each hour of reading that they log, up to six hours, participants can choose a prize. Those that read for at least six hours may also enter their name into a drawing for a grand prize for their age group.

Additionally, kids and teens can also choose a quest to go on to extend their summer reading fun. Children entering second grade or younger can choose either a fairy tale or pirate themed quest, those entering third through sixth grade can choose a gaming or Harry Potter focused quest, and teens entering seventh through 12th grade can pick from either a fandom or Avengers themed quest.

To participate, kids or teens will get a lanyard from the library as well as an activity to complete, such as a craft or puzzle. Completing the activity will reveal the name of one of Muscatine’s parks. Participants can then visit the park, find a codeword placed on a stake somewhere in the park, and then bring it with them to the library to earn a bead (or a sticker for the youngest questers) to add to their lanyard and their next task. Anyone who completes all the tasks for their quest will earn an additional entry into the grand prize drawings.

To complement these activities, librarians Betty Collins and Julie Lear will hold outdoor story times in conjunction with Parks and Recreation’s infant and toddler swim and tot lot programs. “It’s really fun to work with Parks and Recreation–they’re very excited about it too,” shared Collins. The library will also continue to provide virtual children’s programing through their Facebook Page as well as on Muscatine Power and Water cable channel five.

For anyone who would like to sign up for summer reading, the library will hold a curbside kickoff June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids and teens can come choose a quest, get a lanyard, and receive a free water bottle courtesy of the library and Parks and Recreation. Adults can also pick up reading logs of their own (those who read and log six books will receive a prize).

As readers launch themselves on this year’s quest to read more over the summer, the library would like to see many area residents take on this challenge. “Summer reading is a positive across the board because reading for pleasure is a great asset for kids and it helps kids return to school in the fall with the readiness they had in the spring,” said Collins.

The library would like to thank the Friends of the Musser Public Library and CBI Bank & Trust for sponsoring it. “We couldn’t do summer reading without them,” stressed Collins.