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Program Registration

Several of our virtual and in person fall programs require registration.  To register, simply click the links below.

All Ages Programming

The Bread Monk 

6 pm – Thursday, Nov 2

Join Father Dominic, the Bread Monk, as he demonstrates how to make Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Nut Buns, Corn Sticks in a cast iron pan inspired by The Little House on the Prairie, f Victorian Seed Cakes in books as diverse as Ulysses by James Joyce, The Hobbit, the writings of Jane Austen and steamy Victorian Romance novels, with samples his “I Love A Mystery Bread” so you can try to guess the secret ingredient. 

Solar Eclipse Workshop

Learn about the October 14th Solar Eclipse and how you can view it safely and effectively! Activities, crafts, and solar fun for all ages.

Tues, Oct 3, 6-7 pm in the Ida Public Library Meeting Room (Lower Level) 

Youth Programming

Dinosaur Sleepover

6-7 pm – Tuesday, November 7

Bring your favorite plastic or plushie dinosaur to spend the night at the library! You can drop off your dinosaur on November 7th from 6-7pm, read them a bedtime story and do an activity. You can then pick up your dinosaur during our open hours on Wednesday, November 8th (10am – 8pm).

* Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent in the library
** Please let us know if plans change and you are unable to attend as the event does have limited space
***If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to message Daisy, our Youth Services Manager at

Bilingual Story Time

Ages 3 and up. Would you like your kids to read a story that is in both English and Spanish? Join us every other Monday for storytimes in both English and Spanish.

¿Le gustaría que sus hijos leyeran un cuento en inglés y en español? Únase a nosotros cada dos viernes para leer cuentos en inglés y en español.

2nd & 4th Monday / 5:00PM – 2do& 4to lunes /5:00

Coding Corner

3:30 PM – 2nd & 4th Fridays

Let’s get coding! Each session, learn about fun new programs to build and test your coding skills! Beginners welcome! Space is limited to 10 due to technology constraints. Registration is Required.

Ida’s Explorers

3PM – 4th Thursdays

Now that the heat of summer has passed, let’s enjoy the brisk fall weather! We’ll visit the library or the Boone County Conservation District for crafts, games, and hikes. Thanks to Boone County Conservation District for collaborating with us on this fun nature program! Registration required.

Mini Monster Mash

Stop by for a not-so-spooky mini monster mash! There will be music, toys, and other fun activities for you and your little pumpkin or pumpkins, ages 2 and under. Thursday, October 26th  10:30 & 4:30  *Space is limited so register today!

Teen Programming

Escape the Witch’s Library Escape Room

Uh oh, you’ve found yourself trapped inside a witch’s library! Can you solve the clues to escape before she catches out? Sign up for a slot in our Halloween themed escape room and test your puzzle solving skills! Each slot can have up to 8 participants. For ages 13 and up. Registration is Required.

Mad Toy Lab

It’s spooky season, and the monsters are emerging! Add your own monster to the mash at our Mad Toy Lab, where we’ll be taking apart dolls and other toys and recombining them into cool franken-monstrosities. Registration is required. Due to the nature of the tools we will be using such as pliers and hot glue guns, this program is for ages 13 and up only.

Adult Programming

Mystery Book Club

10:30 AM – 3rd Mondays at the Keen Age Center

Do you love a good mystery? Each month we meet at the Keen Age Center to discuss a chosen mystery book. 

More Houseplant Help with Bobbi, Master Gardener

6 pm – Thursday, September 28th.

Learn how to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. This program is designed for adults only. Registration is Required. 

Ida’s Crafters

3 PM – 2nd Thursdays

In this program, we will be doing a craft together using different materials and mediums. If you like crafting come and join us for this fun and relaxing activity. These sessions will be held at the Ida Public Library Meeting Room. Register to reserve your spot.

Superstitions & their Origins

Are you superstitious? Do you run away from black cats? If so, come and join us for our Superstitions and their origins program at the Keen Age Center in Belvidere. Here you will learn about superstitions from all over the world! The program is limited to 30. Participants must sign up by October 13th with the Keenage Center Activity Director Robbie Freedman at

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!

Veteran’s Book Club

 4 PM – 3rd  Wednesdays on Zoom

Check out our new book club dedicated to Veterans!  Each month, you will read a veteran related book and then join the group on Zoom for discussion.  The first book for September 25th is “Band of Brothers” by Stephen E. Ambrose.  Register for the Zoom link here.  

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