Warm up with winter reading with a free event presented by Rock Island Public Library and the Quad City Botanical Center during Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend.
The Rock Island Library's free Read-A-Latte kickoff on Saturday, January 13 offers a chance to beat cabin fever with fun for all ages. The event is from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island. Activities include registration for free Winter Reading challenges for children, teens, and adults, free coffee and cocoa, a prize while supplies last, games, and crafts.
Families can make coffee filter snowflakes and a flying Koi fish craft, follow the "No Monkeys, No Chocolate" story trail and build sandcastles in the tropical Sun Garden, try the "minute to win it" marshmallow transfer challenge, learn some yoga poses and breathing for unwinding, stack the coffee cans and toss a cookie into Cookie Monster's mouth. Admission and all activities are free during the special event, which is presented in partnership with the Botanical Center.
The event is also a chance to pick up a wristband and flyer of specials for 30 participating organizations in the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Be a Tourist Weekend, January 12-15. The free "Very Important Visitor" wristband is good for future specials and discounts in the Quad Cities. For details, check the Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
The library's Read-A-Latte Winter Reading Challenge encourages reading for fun among kids from preschool to 6th grades, teens ages 12 to 18, and adults ages 18 and up, with challenges lasting from Saturday, January 13 to February 10. Readers may track their reading on paper or via the online Beanstack reading program on the library website. Readers who meet goals for their age group earn rewards.Details are available at all Rock Island Public Library locations and online.
For more information about Rock Island Library services, events, and more, visit the library website, call 309-732-READ, or follow the library's social media sites.