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Orange City Public Library Summer Reading Events

June 3-July 12, 2024


Read, Renew, Repeat


Summer Reading Challenge

The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge is for all ages. You could win: books, food coupons, gift cards, and more!

Earn entries however you read — whether that be books, e-books, or audiobooks. Sign up on READsquared or pick up a paper log in the library.



Jonathan May Magic Show: Monday, June 3, 6:30 pm at the Theora England Willcox Theatre at Northwestern College

Snacks and Board Games: Tuesdays, June 4 and July 2, 6:30 pm at the library

Movin’ and Groovin’ Sensory Story Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 am at the library (excluding July 3)

Dog Therapy: Mondays, June 10 and July 8, 4:00 pm at the library

Sioux County Conservationist: Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 am at City Hall

Under the Sea Art Class for 3-5 Year Olds: Thursday, June 13, 10:00 am at the library

Insect Zoo Coming to You from Iowa State University: Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 pm at City Hall

Jason Kollum Bubble Program: Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm at Windmill Park

Bee Keeping with Ron Rynders: Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 am at City Hall

Spanish Camp – 3rd-5th Graders: Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11, 1:00-2:30 pm at the library

Great Plains Zoo: Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 am at City Hall

Stanley & Lisa Story Time: Wednesday, July 10, 9:30 am at the library

Movie in the Park, “Wall-E”: Friday, July 12, 8:30 pm at Windmill Park


Calling Tweens and Teens to Volunteer! 

Volunteer at the library during the Summer Reading Program! For every 10 hours you volunteer, you get a gift card! In order to volunteer, we need you to sign-up at the library & attend one orientation session. Orientations will be held on May 30 at 2:00 p.m. or May 31 at 11:00 a.m.  If neither of these times work, contact Abby at or by calling the library.

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1000 Book Before Kindergarten is the beginning of an incredible journey that encourages a child to have a passion for reading at a young age. Setting aside time to read with your child also creates memories and priceless bonding time. Receive a free book when you sign up your child (ages birth – preschool) for this fun, self-paced program at the front desk of the library. Record the books you read, and then you can sign up to attend a graduation ceremony for your child after you read 1,000 books!

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In response to our communities’ needs, Alton, Boyden, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, and Orange City have created a peer-to-peer lending consortium. The consortium authorizes users to directly search other libraries for materials and request these items as easily as if the materials were at their home library. Library card holders from each of these libraries can use their home library card at each location. That means that you only need one card to access six libraries! These six libraries also serve as book drops for each other. Return all your loans to one library and the items are checked in and sent back to the home library for you!

With the Flexshare, you can quickly reserve a material from the participating libraries, and either have the material sent to your home library or pick it up there. To do so:

  • Log in to the library catalog and search for an item.
  • Select “Search other libraries” and designate which ones to search.
  • To reserve an item and have it shipped to the Orange City Public Library, simply select “Reserve this item.” To reserve an item for pickup in another community, click on the library name. This will open the other library’s catalog in a new tab. Log in again and select “Reserve this item.”