Oct 28, 2023
Library Events: From Author Talks to Book Clubs, Discover Your Next Great Read

Free Library Events Today

From author talks and music concerts to book clubs and onsite computer classes, there are thousands of free library events a year for everyone.

Come and find your next great read! Library staff will help you find the next book in your favorite series or find a new author to discover.

Children’s Storytime

Storytime is a great way to bond with kids and help build their Early Literacy skills. Check the calendar for dates and times.

Harlem Library offers baby, toddler and family storytime. Baby storytime is designed for meaningful one-on-one interaction with babies and their caregivers with books, bouncing rhymes and sensory play. Toddler storytime is interactive and educational with a variety of stories, songs, fingerplays, and puppetry. And family storytime provides parents the chance to interact with kids while practicing social skills and building their home libraries.

Get a history lesson at the Library of Congress’ weekly storytime. The stories often relate to the current exhibits and are followed by a craft activity. Or visit the DiMenna Children’s Museum on a Sunday for story time that features Clifford and Pete the Cat.

Teen Book Club

The library has multiple book clubs for teen readers that meet on a regular basis. They’re a great way to get teens involved in their community and reading.

Kids that love to read can join the Bookalicious club which meets every Friday at 4pm. This group allows kids to choose the books they want to read and discuss them in a fun laid back environment.

Getting a new book club started isn’t difficult. All you need is a few enthusiastic members to get things going. You can even hold the book club at someone’s home if that works better for your group. It’s important to make sure that all teens have access to the books that they’re discussing. If they can’t afford to purchase the book they should consider borrowing it from their school library if it is available.

Adult Book Club

Join us for this book club that reads and discusses adult fiction, including romance novels. The Library has eBooks, eAudiobooks and a limited number of physical copies available for checkout. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Meet new friends and enjoy lively discussions at the Cokato library. Call or email the library for monthly selections.

Join this online book club that focuses on intersectional feminist literature, launched by Emma Watson in 2016. Although she announced her departure from the group in 2020, it continues to thrive as OKHA and is well worth a look.

Movie Night

Movie Night is a great way to bring the community together to share time and movies on the big screen. To make it more fun, the library can encourage viewers to act out specific actions during the movie. For example, Oskaloosa Public Library has audiences throw glitter whenever Elsa uses magic and boo when Hans is on-screen. The library can also have a few low-key craft activities to do during the film.

A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve the heart of a fallen princess in this fantasy based on the popular fairy tale. All ages welcome.

Book Sale

The Book Sale offers up to 250,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, art and ephemera, including a large Children’s Section. Items are organized into 70+ subject categories for easy browsing and shopping convenience.

On the first day of the Book Sale, purchases are limited to 50 items per customer. After checking out, shoppers may return to the sales area and shop again as often as they wish.

To increase the success of your Book Sale, recruit volunteers. A typical commitment for a book sale volunteer is 10 to 15 hours. Reach out to community organizations and schools, and advertise your event. Check with state and local tax authorities to determine whether your sale is required to charge sales tax. Obtain a tax price sheet to simplify check-out for volunteers.

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