Official State of Iowa Website

Summer Library Program

The State Library provides access to a comprehensive Summer Library program for public libraries statewide through the national iREAD program. Each library receives free resource guides for the current theme, additional learning opportunities for support and inspiration, and the option to order supplementary materials.

The 2024 Summer Library Program slogan for all ages is Read, Renew, Repeat.

Learning Opportunities for Summer 2024



Event Title


Nov. 6, 2023 n/a Video guide to downloading and  access the Resource Guide & Graphics* View on YouTube
Nov. 29, 2023 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. “Early Bird” Summer Reading Planning Virtual Training

View the Webinar Archive:

On IA Learns

On YouTube

Dec. 12, 2023 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Office Hours with Janeé*

Session not recorded.
Jan. 9, 2024 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Summer Reading Office Hours with Janeé* Session not recorded.
Jan. 22, 2024 n/a Canva templates released* Access at the bottom
of this webpage
Jan. 30, 2024 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Adult Summer Library Program Virtual Training

View the Webinar Archive:

On IA Learns

On YouTube

Feb. 1, 2024 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. “Just in Time” Summer Reading Planning Virtual Training

View the Webinar Archive:

On IA Learns

On YouTube

Apr. 10, 2024 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Summer Reading Summit
(In Person, Ames)
More Information and Registration

*Not offered for CE Credit

2024 Summer Reading Canva Templates

Canva is a free web-based graphic design tool. We've created templates with the theme graphics provided by iREAD. To use the templates, you must first create a free account at Canva is easy to learn, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the basics or improve your skills, check out Canva Design School. The Getting Started with Canva tutorial is a good “Canva 101” resource.

Clicking on the template links below will create a copy of each design in your account. All of the text on the templates can be edited to suit your library's needs, and your library's information and logo can also be added to the designs. To print, download the files as Print PDFs. If you decide to have them professionally printed, printers should be able to use the files in that format. You can also print them in-house from Print PDFs.

BINGO Boards

Three different BINGO game boards with activities tailored to different age groups: babies-preschoolers, elementary schoolers, and teens.

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Access BINGO Templates

Reading Log Bookmarks

Four bookmark designs for patrons to track reading by coloring in circles on the back.

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Access Bookmark Template

Drawing Slips

Print out and cut along the guide lines to use these slips to help facilitate library prize drawings.

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Access Drawing Slips Template

Reading Challenge Sheets

Challenge your youth patrons to cross off all the spaces by reading or completing an activity. There are two versions: one for children (birth - grade 5) and one for teens (grades 6 - 12).

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Access Reading Challenge Templates

Game Board

Young patrons follow the path by crossing off a circle for each book read until they reach the finish line.

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Access Game Board Template

Calendar (NEW for 2024!)

Promote your summer reading events all month long with this customizable calendar. Choose from two monthly designs and use the optional back page to include more information like program descriptions, registration instructions and more.

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Access Calendar Template