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Jasper County Tribune

Colfax library starts summer reading program

Summer in Colfax means baseball, playing outside and, of course, the Colfax Public Library Summer Reading program.

Colfax library director Jill Miller said this summer will have no shortage of special guests.

The library begins its summer reading program and special events July 5, hosting guest presenters throughout July. Guest speakers will include “Your Library Rocks the Dinosaur,” a presentation about rocks and fossils July 5; “Sound Science by the Grout Museum,” which will explore the frequency and the Doppler Effect of sound waves July 26; the Iowa State University Insect Zoo will bring Unia the cricket July 12, as he discovers why he is different from other bugs and hear their unique songs; and magician Jim Stolba July 19.

Miller said the summer program has been going strong for 20 years by her estimate.

“I’ve been here for 10 (years) and it has been going on for 10 to 15 years before I got here,” Miller said.

Miller said the library will hand out prizes weekly to kids for finishing a book, including gift certificates to local restaurants and Amazon Echo Dots. She also said when the reader is done with his or her reading log, they will get a final prize package, though Miller said she could not disclose what is in it.

Miller said she looks specifically for entertainers who have experience performing for library crowds and goes off recommendations from other community librarians.

All events will be held in the Howard Street Christian Church’s fellowship hall due to the high turn out expected at these summer activities. Miller said attendance is usually in the 60s.

“It’s a bigger facility. It’s accessible to everyone and close to the library,” Miller said.

She said the highest attendance comes from the Blank Park Zoo presentation, which Miller historically has invited back every summer. She decided to switch things up this summer by bringing the Iowa State University Insect Zoo.

Miller thinks reading programs and summer events are important for the children because it encourages kids to keep reading and to keep coming to the library.

“It gives them something to do in Colfax,” Miller said. “It gives them something to do in the summer.”

The library receives donations for the program through the Colfax Community Chest, chaired by Colfax attorney August Luthens.

“Being able to read and the love of reading is one of the basics of becoming a self-sustaining person in employment and involvement in civic activities,” Luthens, the Colfax Community Chest Board of Directors Chairman, said.

Contact Samuel Nusbaum at 641-792-3121 ext.6533 or at

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