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Summer Dare

Sign up for the 2020 Summer Dare!

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Register for the Summer Dare and use our no-contact curbside holds pickup process to pick up your new book bag! Once you’ve registered online, visit the Library and call us at 319-261-7323 from the parking lot and let us know you’re here for your bag.

Even better, place your summer reading materials on hold and then let us put your books in the bag when they’re ready to be picked up. Don’t know what you want to read? Use our Grab Bag Materials Request Form and we will place items on hold for you based on your preferences.

Coupons for free Friends of the Library books will be available for pickup once the Library is open to the public.

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This is not your average library summer reading program. This is the Summer Dare – summer learning at its finest. The Summer Dare is designed for learners of all ages, with activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, interaction, and experiences in the Library and beyond. While this year has new challenges, the Library continues to provide an interactive summer learning program to keep you engaged and connected all summer long.

Sign Up

Log in and register for the Summer Dare. If you participated in a previous online reading challenge or Summer Dare, you should already be in our system. Each person receives a coupon for a free book from the Friends Book Nook and a special Summer Dare book bag for signing up. Prize pick up may be changed or delayed based on social distancing guidelines. Book bags are currently available through the curbside holds pick up process. Friend Book Nook coupons will be available once the buildings are open to the public.


Read as much as possible and explore the dares to stay active and engaged throughout the summer. Use the Summer Dare Log to track your reading minutes or record them online. Take part in our amazing summer programs and check out more reading material—we dare you!

Complete the Program

Read 600 minutes between June 6 and Aug. 1 to complete the Summer Dare. Log in and submit your final reading minutes, or call us at 319.261.READ and our staff will assist you. Once you’ve completed the program, visit the Library and pick up your free book or Friends Book Nook coupon. Prizes may be picked up through the end of September 2020. Prize pick up may be changed or delayed based on social distancing guidelines. Please check our website or call before visiting the Library.

Library Programs

The Cedar Rapids Public Library has virtual programs this summer designed for all ages and interests. We invite you to explore them on our calendar or call 319.261.READ for updated information. Programs include story times, arts and crafts, health and fitness, STEAM learning, readers advisory, and so much more.

Kids Gazette

Our friends at The Gazette have created a special Kids Gazette just for you! Visit them for some of the best resources for kids and grown ups looking for something to do indoors this summer.

Thank you to our Sponsors!