Check Our Calendar!

Take a look at our calendar for a complete list of dates and times for all our programs! To learn more about each program, just click the plus sign next to them or you can view them on our calendar by clicking the button below!

Children’s Programs

Story Hour

For Children 3-5 Years of Age
Join us for books, stories, crafts, and much more!

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Kids Fun Night

Enjoy games, crafts, activites, movies, and more!

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Family Game Days

Join us at the Library for Family Game Days! Bring the whole family and enjoy one of our many board games or other activites.

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Book Babies & Tiny Tot Time

For children birth-3 years of age and their parents/caregivers. Introduce babies to books, stories, songs, and much more!

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We provide the LEGOs, you do the building! For children preschool and up. Children under 1st grade need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Movie Day

The Library holds children movie days throughout the year.

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Teen Programs

T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board)

eGaming Club

eGaming Club is for anyone with an interest in videogames. Hang out with others and share/stream what you’re currently playing, discuss video games and play games. Competitive gaming opportunities through tournaments may be offered as well. Different types of gamers (PC, console, board, handheld) are welcome.

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1000 Books

Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library is excited to be part of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The program promotes kindergarten readiness and early literacy to our community. You can signup online through the READsquared App.  The program’s goal is for parents to track the number of titles of books they read to their kids, with a goal of reaching 1000 books before children start kindergarten. One only needs to read 3 books per day for one year or one book per day for three years.

Prizes will be offered to children who reach 500 and 1000 books!


Hear A Story Anytime, Anywhere!

Welcome to Dial-A-Story!

We now have a toll free, always available phone number where you can listen to children’s stories, teen or adult books.  Some items are read by your librarians, and some by other great narrators, but all have been carefully selected by the Lied Public Library staff to be good choices for you to call.  And no internet required — just a phone!

Just call 712-850-7500 or click the button below to reach the Dial-A-Story menu and lots of fun with your librarians!

StoryWalk® FAQs

Where is StoryWalk®?

Located in City Park. Participants are encouraged to park near the orange playground. Each display is numbered 1-20. Another StoryWalk® is located around the downtown square of Clarinda, starting at Clarinda Family Dentistry on the North side.

How long is StoryWalk®?

StoryWalk® is about .5 of a mile. There are 20 post to be read in total.

How long will StoryWalk® be available?

StoryWalk® at City Park a permanent installation. Books will be changed periodically.

Can I check out the book on display?

Generally the library should have a copy of the book in its collection.

Clarinda Foundation & Clarinda Public Library Foundation Project – Project made possible with funding from the Clarinda Foundation, the Clarinda Public Library Foundation and with support from the Lied Public Library, Clarinda Parks & Recreation and City of Clarinda.


StoryWalk® is a fun and educational resource for children and adults to enjoy literacy, physical activity and the outdoors all at the same time. A StoryWalk® is a series of signs featuring sequential spreads from a children’s picture book and as you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. Pages from a book will be mounted on posts in City Park allowing visitors to walk along the path, read the story, and participate in engaging learning activities that build essential literacy skills. Another StoryWalk® is located around the downtown square of Clarinda.

History of StoryWalk®
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path.

StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! They are always received with appreciation.

Summer Reading Program

Sign Up On READSquared or print a paper Reading Log below

Program Starts June 3rd

This program is designed for readers of all ages to encourage life-long reading habits. Once you’ve earned enough points you’ll receive a completion certificate you can print and share! You can also print our calendar below as well as print paper reading logs that can be turned into the library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program available to children birth through age 4 living in and around Clarinda. Your child’s first gift will be a free copy of The Little Engine That Could delivered to their home. After that, your child will receive a carefully selected, age-appropriate book every month until the month of their 5th birthday or they move out of the area.

There is no cost to your family to take part in the program. It is free to residents of zip codes 51631, 51632, 51637, 51651, 51656 through generous funding from the Clarinda Public Library Foundation.

Donations to our local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program can be made through the Clarinda Public Library Foundation by clicking here.