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Summer Storytime Art in the Park Offers More Than Fun

Fun with the Sparkle Truck

The Grinnell College Museum of Art and Drake Community Library are offering free hands-on art and literacy activities for children and families in area parks. Every session will offer drawing, 2- and 3-D collage projects, beading, truck glittering, painting, bookmaking, type-a-thon, and reading activities. A special project — such as ceramics, printmaking, marbling, sewing, wood cutouts, tie-dye, or other activity — will be offered at each session. No registration is necessary. These activities are supported by AmeriCorps, Bayer Crop Science, Grinnell Mutual Group Foundation, and the Grinnell Education Partnership.


The Iowa Kitchen will serve lunch for 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays. Middleway Farms will have free produce, and MICA will offer food items to take home as well. This program is supported by grants and support from the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation/Poweshiek County Alliance and Grinnell Farm to Table. Storytime Art in the Park dates and locations listed below.


  • June 7, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Drake Community Library, 930 Park Street (Summer Kick-Off, hotdogs provided by the Elks)

  • June 8, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Central Park Gazebo, 811 Park Street (Prairie Burn Event)

  • June 11, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Grinnell Mobile Home Park, 1510 1st Ave.

  • June 13, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • June 18, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Ahrens Park Shelter House #1, 1436 Penrose Street

  • June 20, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • June 25, 10:30 a.m.–noon, GCMoA/Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side, 1108 Park Street

  • June 27, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • July 2, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Merrill Park West Shelter, 801 11th Avenue

  • July 9, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Bailey Park Shelter House, 1220 Prairie Street

  • July 11, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • July 16, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Summer Street Park, 720 Summer Street

  • July 18, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • July 19, 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Poweshiek County Fair, 425 East Street South

  • July 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon, Arbor Lake Shelter House, 123 Pearl Street

  • July 25, 3–5:30 p.m., Central Park Shelter House, 811 Park Street

  • July 30, 10:30 a.m.–noon, GCMoA/Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side, 1108 Park Street

Tie Dye paper

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