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Regular Storytimes

Toddler StorytimesMonday & Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
Preschool StorytimesWednesday & Thursday 10:30 a.m.
Book BabiesFridays 10:30 a.m & 1:30pm.
Family StorytimeSaturday 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Fun DaysSunday 2 p.m.

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Win tickets to see Rick Riordan at The Englert
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in Kid Bits, News, Teens, kids-events, teen event, The Englert Theatre
Best-selling author Rick Riordan will be in Iowa City for the Iowa City Book Festival October 4 through October 9, appearing at The Englert Theatre on October 7. Tickets to the event are sold out, but the Iowa City Public Library has two to award to the winner of our Rick Riordan...

Upcoming Events

Preschool Storytime : Winter Stories Sing-a-long

In addition to sharing a winter story or two, we will also be singing some our favorite winter and holiday songs while Casey plays on the piano. So bring your best caroling voice and get ready to interact with instruments, stories and winter fun! Whether there's snow on the ground yet or not, stick around for an indoor snowball fight to end the program! A preschool-age oriented program for preschoolers where longer stories and books are shared with fewer activities. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3,4, or 5 years old.

Date: Wednesday, 12-07-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Meeting Room A
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Tween Minecraft Time

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play at the library. Build peacefully in creative mode or fight to stay alive in survival mode. Game rotation and group play are encouraged. Players should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account. This event is for children in grades 3rd-6th (ages 8-12) Please register below. If you need to change your registration, please contact the library.

Date: Thursday, 12-08-2016
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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No Book Babies Today

Date: Friday, 12-09-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Storytime Room
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No Book Babies Today

Date: Friday, 12-09-2016
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Dance Me a Story: The Nutcracker with Ballet Quad Cities

Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances and the literature that inspires the choreography. Participants first learn how the literature inspires the choreographer and dancers, then see costumes, head pieces, props and pointe shoes—all important elements to bring the story to life. Check out this special holiday performance of The Nutcracker. A preschool-age oriented program for preschoolers where longer stories and books are shared with fewer activities. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3,4, or 5 years old.

Date: Thursday, 12-15-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: Meeting Room A
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ScienTweens

Don't just learn science- DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club. This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Date: Thursday, 12-15-2016
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Gingerbread Fun Storytime!

Join us from 10:30-11 for a special gingerbread-themed storytime, and then stay for gingerbread making, holiday crafts, and winter stories on the big screen. All ages are welcome! We will provide gingerbread men to decorate and craft supplies for a fun first morning of winter break! A preschool-age oriented program for preschoolers where longer stories and books are shared with fewer activities. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3,4, or 5 years old.

Date: Thursday, 12-22-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Flair to Share: Wearable Gifts

Need a last minute gift idea for your friends or family? Or maybe you want to make something new for yourself? Either way, come to the storytime room between 2 and 4pm to make buttons, friendship bracelets, headbands, keychains, earrings, ornaments and more! We will provide all the jewelry/flair supplies you'll need, you just bring your creativity!

Date: Thursday, 12-22-2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Tween Minecraft Time

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play at the library. Build peacefully in creative mode or fight to stay alive in survival mode. Game rotation and group play are encouraged. Players should have a Minecraft account to play in multiplayer mode. Players without an account may use a library account. This event is for children in grades 3rd-6th (ages 8-12) Please register below. If you need to change your registration, please contact the library.

Date: Thursday, 12-22-2016
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
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No Book Babies Today

Date: Friday, 12-23-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: Storytime Room
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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Only one more sleep 'til Christmas! Join us at 10:30 in the Storytime Room for a very Muppet showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol. If you miss out you'll be say "Ba Humbug!"

Date: Saturday, 12-24-2016
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Winter Break Legos

Bring your building skills and creativity for this all ages winter break activity. Join us for lots and lots of legos in Meeting Room A from 2-4.

Date: Tuesday, 12-27-2016
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Music on Wednesday: Katya Moeller

Violinist Katya Moeller will present a noon-time Music on Wednesday program in preparation for her performance at the Music Teacher's National Association West Central Region Competition in Boulder, CO. Music on Wednesday programs are free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, 12-28-2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room A
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Minecraft Jr.

Come enjoy an hour of Minecraft for the game's youngest fans. Meet other fans of your favorite game. We will play on the computers in the computer lab. This event is just for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9). Registration is required. If you register and cannot make it, please contact the library to cancel.

Date: Wednesday, 12-28-2016
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Computer Lab
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Afternoon Movie: The Secret Life of Pets

Wonder what your pets are up to when you're at the library? Find out during a special winter break presentation of "The Secret Life of Pets."

Date: Thursday, 12-29-2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: New Year's Lock-In

2016 is coming to a close, so enjoy the last lock-in of the year at the library. We'll watch a movie, have some pizza, get crafty, and then take over the library after hours with games. Space is limited, so don't forget to register! For Caregivers: Registration and permission slip required. Please visit the Children's Desk for a permission slip. Children will be dropped off at 6:30 in Meeting Room A and picked up by the after-hours book drop at 9:30. Please contact the library with concerns about food allergies. Just for children in grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Friday, 12-30-2016
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Registration is required!
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Noon Year’s Eve Party

Too late to stay up until midnight? ICPL has you covered! Stop by today at 11:30 and we will count down to noon instead. Join us as we celebrate ringing in the New Year with the whole family in mind, complete with a balloon drop, crafts, dancing and treats.

Date: Saturday, 12-31-2016
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Storytime Room
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