As the great philosopher Arthur Read once said, "Having fun isn't hard, when you've got a library card." Those words are rarely more true than during the summer. There's only so many things you or your kids can do around the house before the words "I'm bored" are inevitably uttered. Luckily the libraries in Hannibal, Keokuk, Quincy, and everywhere in between offer great classes and activities throughout the summer keep everyone engaged and active during the proverbial dog days of summer.

The Quincy Public Library has classes and book clubs for everyone aged pre-school to adult. Movie nights, computer tutoring, reading lists, even yoga, self defense and arts & crafts! There is always something to do at the Quincy Public Library.

In addition to book clubs and reading lists, the Hannibal Free Public Library features a Chess Club and mini-golf on select Wednesdays, so you can challenge yourself mentally and get in a round of putt-putt for those nice, not-too-hot days.

Up in Keokuk, the Keokuk Public Library brings in fun activities like "Animal Athletes" in conjunction with the Blank Park Zoo, or a bike safety seminar with a State Trooper, right alongside game nights, movie nights and story hours.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go to the library. I've fallen way behind on my reading list. I still haven't cracked that new Alexander Dumas book, The Count of Monte Cristo. And now I'm hungry for a ham & cheese sandwich.... thanks Dumas!