Kids get free books courtesy of the Council Bluffs Public Library on Seventh Street near 19th Avenue during one of the city’s twice-weekly hydrant parties on June 28, 2018. File photo by Joe Shearer.

The Council Bluffs Fire Department will once again offer local children a chance to cool down from the summer. The department’s hydrant party season begins today.

The parties are held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to August.

A fire truck will also be on site for kids and community members to check out.

Free books will be provided every Thursday (except Aug. 8) donated by the Council Bluffs Public Library. More than 120 books are expected to be donated by the library, with the reading levels ranging from board to chapter books, according to Christine Anderson, Council Bluffs Public Library youth library assistant.

The scheduled locations include:

June 11: Roberts Park, 1000 N. 25th St.

June 13: 33rd Street and Fourth Avenue.

June 18: North 40th Street and River’s Edge Parkway

June 20: Bel Air and Renner Drives

June 25: North 32nd Street and Avenue E

June 27: 19th Avenue and South Seventh Street

July 2: Poplar Street between Birch Street and Ash Street

July 9: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park

July 11: Lake Street and Arnold Avenue

July 16: South 27th Street and Eighth Avenue

July 18: Simms Avenue and Horizon Drive

July 23: Berwick Circle

July 25: Third Avenue and South 20th Street

July 30: 3200 Chippewa Lane

Aug. 1: North 26th Street and Avenue E

Aug. 6: North Broadway and Oak Street

Aug. 8: The Charles Lakin Human Services Campus, 16th Street and Avenue H

Aug. 13: Children’s Square U.S.A., Curtis Street and Avenue E

The water will be provided by the Council Bluffs Water Works, with Centris Federal Credit Union sponsoring the events around Council Bluffs.

Fire Capt. Robert Martin said nearby roads will be blocked off at each event for additional safety, and a party will be cancelled in the event of rain.

The hydrant parties are free and open to the public.

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