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Program Registration


Several of our virtual and in person spring programs require registration and an Ida Public Library card.  Programs with ** are only open to Ida Public Library card holders.  To register, simply click the links below.

All Ages Programming

Lights out 

7 PM – Thursday, August 18, Avengers Infinity War. 

Join us for evening summer movies in our meeting room! Feel free to wear your movie merchandise and bring whatever seating you need to be comfortable! Please register here.


Blanket fort night

8 PM – 10 PM, Friday, August 19

Some of our best childhood memories include reading in a blanket fort!  We are going to hold our first ever Blanket Fort Night here at Ida so your family can create some of those memories this summer here at the library.  This is an after hours event from 8 to 10 pm or even later if we are having fun.  Ida will provide blankets and a blanket fort kit plus a selection of books to read.  You can build your fort anywhere in the library as we turn the lights out and you read by flashlight!  Capacity will be very limited and this is only open to Ida Public Library card holders in good standing, so you will have to provide a library card number when registering.  We will have some staff on hand, but we ask that you have one adult with every two children.  No food or drinks are allowed in the library to prevent bugs or pests.


Youth Programming

build your own story

10:30AM- First and Third Fridays 

Ages 3-8. Behind every great story is a person with an idea!  That person could be you!  Take a stroll through our story buffet to get the ingredients you need to let you imagination run wild!

story sprouts

10:30AM & 12:30 PM- Wednesdays

Ages 2-5. Your classic preschool story time program! Every week will feature a different picture book and a craft or activity to go along with it. .

Tiny Tales

10:30AM Tuesdays.  July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9

Ages 0-24 months. Join us for an interactive story time with your young baby that encourages early literacy, language development, socialization, and fun with books, songs, movement, and play! This story time is designed for babies from newborn to 24 months and their caregiver. 

outdoor story time

10:30AM – First Mondays

Ages 0 and up.  Join us on the grassy lot for stories, songs, and other fun activities! Outdoor story time will take place in the grassy area near our parking lot. Feel free to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

bilingual story time

4 pm – 2nd and 4th Fridays

Ages 5 and up.  Join us every other Friday for story times in English and Spanish. In this program, we will be reading a story in English and Spanish and having a craft related to our story. Please come and join us if you want your child to enjoy this fun activity.  En este programa, leeremos un cuento en inglés y español y haremos una manualidad relacionada con nuestro cuento. Ven y únete a nosotros si quieres que tu hijo disfrute de esta divertida actividad.

Tween and Teen Programming

Beginners’ Dungeons & Dragons

5 PM – Every other Thursday, starting June 9th

For ages 13 and up. The hit tabletop adventure game Dungeons and Dragons is now at the library! Create a character and join a party of fellow adventurers to solve mysteries, explore dungeons, and fight bad guys. Beginners welcome! Email for more information. Space is limited.

Coding corner

2 PM – Last Friday each month

For ages 8 and up. Sessions take place on the last Friday of each month at 2 pm, and will convene in the library meeting room, which is located to the left on entering from the downstairs doors. Check out our brand new science kits! Stop by the library once a month to try out some of our new, circulating science activity kits, then check some out to use at home! Registration is mandatory to make sure we have enough materials for all participants. Space is limited, please wait for a confirmation email of your registration within 2 business days of form submission. If you have any questions, please call the library at 815-544-3838 or email our Teen Services Coordinator at


Game Guild

3 PM – 2nd & 4th Fridays each month

Ages 13-18. Do you like playing video games? Ever thought of making one? Twice a month, meet at the library to walk through game creation step-by-step with our game dev laptops, then work on your own! Program made possible through funding from Project Next Generation.

Ida’s Explorers

4 PM – 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month

Ages 8-14. It’s time to get outdoors! Meet outside with a librarian at conservation areas in Boone County to participate in fun activities like birdwatching, prairie seed collection, leaf rubbings, and more! Register to receive updated information about meeting locations and themes, which may change due to weather conditions.

Science Spectacular

2 PM – Last Fridays each month

Ages 8 and up. Check out our brand new science kits! Stop by the library once a month to try out some of our new, circulating science activity kits, then check some out to use at home!

Adult Programming

BYOB – Bring Your Own Book Club

6 PM on Zoom or outdoors if weather is nice- Every first Thursday

Join your fellow bibliophiles for a lively monthly book chat. Read whatever you like and join us on Zoom for discussion.  Zoom link provided upon registration.

Cozy Mystery Book Club

6 PM every second Monday-Ida Meeting Room or outside if weather is nice

Do you love a good mystery? If so, come and join us for our Ida’s Cozy Mystery book club. Each month we will meet to discuss some of the cozy mysteries we have been reading and why we love them.  Come join us and share your favorites. Space is very limited. 

ESL One-on-One

By Registration Only-Ida Meeting Room

Do you want to improve your English skills?  Schedule your own personal ESL session with our Assistant Director, Belena. Various skill levels welcome.

Intro to ESL 

5 PM, alternating Mondays. 

In this program, you will begin to learn the basic skills to communicate in English. You will learn basic vocabulary and grammar.

En este programa, comenzarás a aprender las habilidades básicas para comunicarte en inglés. Aprenderás vocabulario y gramática básicos.


Intermediate ESL

5 PM, alternating Mondays.

In this program, students will practice English vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and listening comprehension.

En el programa, los estudiantes practicarán vocabulario, lectura, escritura, gramática y comprensión auditiva en inglés.

True Crime book club

 6 PM – 3rd Thursdays

Are you a True Crime junkie? If so, join our new book club! Every month we will get together to discuss a True Crime book & share our thoughts on the case!

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