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ICPL announces August Classes for Adults
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, adult event, Adult Events, classes
August classes at the Iowa City Public Library are all about being social. The Center and the Library are teaming up to offer beginner and intermediate classes for Facebook and Pinterest. Our beginners’ class will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Senior Center ...

Upcoming Events

Intellectual Freedom Festival Poetry Event XXX:Love Poems

This program is part of the 2016 Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival, an annual event at ICPL that affirms everyone's right to freedom of thought and expression. All programs are free and open to the public XXX:Love Poems," a program of erotic love poems by Ovid, Whitman, Donne, cummings, Dickinson, Levertov, Gunn and others, read by the members of Reading Aloud, from the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center.

Date: Wednesday, 9-28-2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Dostoyevsky's Crime & Punishment in Film Woody Allen's Match Point

Loosely based on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Woody Allen's Match Point stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson. Match Point centers on Chris (Rhys Meyers) is retired tennis pro about to marry into a wealthy family, but his social position is threatened when he begins a clandestine affair with his future brother-in law's girlfriend, played by Johansson.

Date: Wednesday, 9-28-2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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2016 International Authors Series The Shape of Your Paragraph

Genre writing may be constraining or exhilarating. What are the limits and the thrills of genre specialization in the world’s literary cultures? The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2016 Writers in Residence at the UI International Writing Program. This series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Friday, 9-30-2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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BOGO Sale at The Book End

Buy One Get One FREE on every item at The Book End to celebrate our bookstore's birthday. The Book End is staffed by volunteers. If no volunteer is available, the store may be closed. Thank you for your support of this library fundraiser!

Date: Saturday, 10-01-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Book End Bookstore
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Annual Events

All Iowa Reads

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The purpose of All Iowa Reads is to encourage Iowans statewide to read and talk about a single title in the same year. The 2016 book selection is Lila by Marilynne Robinson. All Iowa Reads is a project of the Iowa Center for the Book. For more information about the All Iowa Reads program and reviews, discussion guides, and the selected books for each year, visit our All Iowa Reads page.

One Community, One Book

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One Communty, One Book is a community-wide reading project that runs annually, from mid-September to mid-November. The 2016 book selection is Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim. For more information, visit the Library's One Community, One Book page.

Intellectual Freedom Festival

Intellectual Freedom Festival

In 1995, The Iowa City Public Library established the annual Carol Spaziani Intellectual Freedom Festival to honor Spaziani 26-year career at ICPL and life-long commitment to the freedom of ideas. Spaziani believes that the public library's role is to be a resource and a forum for an individual's pursuit and expression of diverse points of view. The festival is held in the fall. For more information, visit our Intellectual Freedom Festival page or call the Library at 319.356.5200.

Summer Reading Program

Iowa City Public Library offers Summer Reading Program events for people of all ages. Registration typically begins at the end of the school year. For more informaiton, visit our Summer Reading Program page or call 319-356-5200.

Irving B. Weber Days

The Iowa City Public Library, Johnson County Historical Society, Iowa City Genealogical Society, Iowa City Noon Lions club, and other area groups celebrate Irving B. Weber days in May, during Local History Month. For more information about Weber Days programs, visit the online Irving B. Weber site or call the Library at 319.356.5200.

Garden Forums

Second Sunday Garden Forums are sponsored by ICPL and Project GREEN. Each two-hour forum is free and open to the public. For more information on upcoming Garden Forums, contact Beth Fisher at 319.887.6024 or

Library Links Golf Classic

The Library Links Golf Classic is a yearly golf outing to benefit the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, visit our Library Links page.