Lights! Music! Bouncing?

Musser Public Library is bouncing back from the storm that caused the library’s closure for a week by opening their doors to the community with a free Bouncing Back festival.

The festival will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 14, and will include activities for children and adults as well as drawings for prizes ranging from grocery and gas gift cards to larger prizes such as iPads. Participants can earn a chance to win these prizes by attending a variety of fun stations at different locations inside the library.

Betty Collins, the children’s librarian, was the first to pitch the idea of the big event.

“We wanted to have an opportunity to let everyone know we have bounced back from the water damage, are open, and eager to see everyone,” Collins said.

Musser Public Library received water damage from the June 17 storm when a piece of metal blew onto the library roof and punctured it. This hole served as a funnel for water to pour into the building. Fortunately, except for several computers, a few books, and one very soggy carpet, the damage was minimal.

Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, businesses, and City of Muscatine staff, the library was closed for just one week to dry out the building and conduct cleanup operations.

Musser Public Library is open and ready for the public to browse the collections, check out items, or sign up for Summer Reading.

“Children can still sign up for Summer Reading if they have not done that yet,” Collins said. “They can earn prizes for reading and help us reach our goal of 500,000 minutes so Julie and I can kiss a frog.”

More fun, music, and food are being added to the event, so be sure to make your way to the Musser Public Library for the carnival, or any time during their hours of operation to check out what the Library has to offer.

Musser Public Library is located at 304 Iowa Avenue and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Pam Collins at (563) 263-3065.