For Youth

Programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.  Schedule may change during the summer.  Registration may be required.  For the most current listing of our events, please visit our online calendar and/or register here for our e-newsletter!


Tween Teaser Book Club

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Drop by after school every Tuesday from 3:45-4:45 for our Tween Teaser book club. We will read aloud the first chapter of several books to see if we can get you to check out the book or place it on hold. We bet we will find some you can't resist. Snacks will be provided and there is no homework or preparation!

Special Programming and Events

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We offer special programming throughout the year!  Some are based on holidays, scheduled school breaks, just for fun, and others are planned through our Youth Advisory Board.  If you have ideas for programs you would like to see, please contact Tracy at tclair@ely.lib.ia.us or Sarah at ssellon@ely.lib.ia.us!


Summer Reading

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Reading over the summer is very important for youth and is a great family time activity.  All of our summer reading programs are free and open to the public.  Sign up for the reading program, and earn some great prizes!

Summer Reading Support

readsupport.jpgThe Ely Public Library has received the Center for the Book Iowa Literacy Award for their Reading Support Program!  This initiative is a free service offered through the support of volunteers at the Ely Public Library.  Reading Support is available Monday – Friday from 1:00-2:00 pm for Kindergarten and up.  Each session will consist of a 30 minute one-on-one reading opportunity.  The remainder 30 minutes will consist of one of the following:  group reading, read aloud, literacy games, writing practice, book talks and more!  Following the reading support is a fun free program for everyone!  Space is limited and registration is required. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah by phone at 848-7616 or by email at ssellon@ely.lib.ia.us.


Various Year Round Programming

We always have a lot of fun activities planned year round!  Teen & Tween lock-ins, various competitions, special visits from entertainers, movie nights and more! Be sure to keep up to date on all we have offering by liking and following our Facebook page!