Youth Programs

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Kids can electrify their minds and power up with books during the Library summer reading program! Children age 12 months to 17 years, are invited to have a blast exploring the library’s collection and enjoying the many free, summer programs.

Summer reading helps kids avoid the “summer slide” by maintaining their reading and writing skills. It’s easy and fun to complete the reading and activity logs and kids love the prizes.

The first segment of the Fizz Boom Read program begins on Sunday, June 1st and ends on Saturday, June 28th. The second segment begins on Sunday, July 6th and ends on Saturday, August 2nd. Kids can participate in either one or both of the segments.




Every Monday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Youth Services area
Kids age 8-12 years old can test their Minecraft skills with others!


Tuesday, July 8th from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the library parking lot
Check out, sit in, and touch City of Urbandale trucks and other vehicles.

Ben’s Bubble Show

Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room A/B
Experience Ben’s beautiful, humorous, and mind-boggling soap bubble sculptures. Bubbles within bubbles, smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and geometric shaped bubbles are all part of the show.

Bugs On a Rug with the ISU Insect Zoo

Tuesday, July 15th at 10:30 am in Meeting Room A/B
Have a “bugtastic” time with the ISU Insect Zoo! Kids age 7 and up can meet an entomology student and get some hands-on time with insects and other arthropods. Space is limited so be sure to register by Friday, July 11th – please call 331-4490.

Jester Puppets presents Weird Science

Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room A/B
Travel through time to meet Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and other pioneers of science in this high-energy interactive show.

Free Pool Party

Friday, July 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Urbandale Public Swimming Pool

Magic Tree House

Monday, July 21st at 7:00 pm and Thursday, July 24th at 10:30 am
Kids age 6 to 9 who love the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne can explore fascinating topics with fun activities and a craft. This month, the Magic Tree House Club will explore Polar Bears Past Bedtime. Please register for one session each month by calling 331-4490.

Family Dance Party

Thursday, July 24th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Meeting Room A/B
Put on your boogie shoes and join D.J. Ronny Johnson for some family fun! We’ll provide the music, balloons and refreshments. You provide the moves.

Everyday Science

Monday, July 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Families are invited to drop by the library to try out some of our everyday science experiments. We’ll use common items to make uncommon results.

Dino O’Dell

Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room A/B
Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales engage the curiosity, inspire laughter and stir the imagination of his audience.


Tween Summer Party

Wednesday, July 16th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Kids age 10 to 12, come check out the activities, music, food and fun that the library teen volunteers are planning for you. Bring a friend and be ready to have a good time. Space is limited so please register by emailing us or calling 515-331-4490.

Teen Book Club

Wednesday, July 23rd from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Meeting Room A
High school students age 14 and up are invited to read and discuss this month’s book. Copies of the book are available at the youth services desk and on Young Adult Kindles. No registration required.