Robey Memorial Library begins 2015 Summer Reading Program among many other activities this summer

“Every Hero has a Story” is this year’s theme for the 2015 Summer Reading Program (SRP) at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon. The four-week Reading Challenge runs from Monday, July 6 through Saturday, August 1. Children ages infant through sixth grade (completed) will be given prizes for each week of participation. Teens, grades seventh through 12th (completed), will receive prizes for reading, with a special prize for the top reader. Visit the library website or stop in for more details and participation rules.
Again this year, the Reading Challenge's top readers will receive Experience Prizes. Organizations, businesses and City departments around Waukon have agreed to give private tours to top readers along with five or six family members and/or friends. Experience Prize destinations for this year include Quillin’s Bakery, KNEI Radio, Bruening Rock Products, WW Homestead Dairy,  Waukon Fire Station, Waukon Police Station, and Allamakee County Museum. As in past years, Reading Challenge participants will be displaying a Library Champion sign in their yard. Residents are advised to watch for these as they drive around town.

Kids/Teens Make-and-Take will be held Wednesday afternoons, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants may come in anytime during that two-hour period to participate in a project.
Letters to Local Heroes is a new passive program added this year. Young patrons are encouraged to write letters to a local hero, police officer, firefighter, soldier/veteran, teacher or paramedic. Letter templates are available at the library, and upon completion the library will pass finished letters on to the appropriate parties.
Movie Nights are scheduled for a Thursday, July 23 showing of Big Hero 6, and a Thursday, August 13 showing of Iron Man 3, both of those movies beginning at 6 p.m. Those attending are reminded to bring their own snacks and enjoy the movie with family and friends.
At the Allamakee County Fair, Wednesday, July 15-Sunday, July 19, the Robey Memorial Library (RML) Foundation and Board Trustees, along with staff members, will be available at a booth in the Fairgrounds Pavilion providing information and answering questions regarding the library collection, services, etc. Everyone is invited to stop in and sign up for daily children, teen and adult prizes being given away and join in fun activities.
In addition, Robey Memorial Library will participate in Kid’s Day at the Fair Friday, July 17 from 12-4 p.m. to enjoy fun activities to bring out their inner super hero. Also, the library is sponsoring the open-house program, Snakes Alive, featuring Tom Kessenich, Herpetologist from Blanchardville, WI from 1-3 p.m. that day. Kessenich will share a fascinating and educational look at reptiles, featuring live snakes, an alligator and more. All ages are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday Story Time continues each Tuesday morning from 10:30-11 a.m. Scheduled readers through the summer include Sue Kiesau, Ross Geerdes of the Allamakee County Conservation Board, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center staff, library staff and others.
And for adult readers, the 2015 Escape the Ordinary Reading Challenge is still going on. Adults are encouraged to keep reading if they are already signed up. If not participating, it’s not too late to join. Prizes donated by area businesses are given each month to two participants. Adults participating in the Escape the Ordinary Reading Challenge during July will receive a special prize besides a chance for the program's monthly drawing.
For more information about any of the events listed above, visit the library's website at or call 563-568-4424.