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Toddler StorytimesMonday & Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
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Family StorytimeSaturday 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Fun DaysSunday 2 p.m.

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Iowa Public Television’s Dan Wardell to Visit Iowa City Public Library
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in Kid Bits, News, kidevent, kids-events, Storytime
Dan Wardell, the popular host of IPTV KIDS Clubhouse, will be at the Iowa City Public Library on Monday, June 27, as part of his 10th annual Iowa Public Television’s Reading Road Trip. Wardell will travel to 75 local communities this summer to share an original, interac...

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Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip:

The ICPL is a stop on Dan Wardell’s Reading Road Trip! Join us on Monday, June 27th at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to meet this incredible TV celebrity, who is hitting the road this summer to visit libraries across Iowa as part of “Dan’s Reading Road Trip.” Dan Wardell is producer and host of Kids Clubhouse on Iowa Public Television. His adventures take him to schools and libraries across the state, teaching kids to turn off their TVs, go outside and play, use their imaginations, and most importantly, to read a good book. Dan’s Reading Road Trip is an exclusive 70 stop library tour each summer, and has performed for thousands of kids and grownups during the past several years. Kids can also track his progress and read his stories from the road at IPTV’s website, www.iptv.org/kids.

Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Monday Matinee: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Music manager Dave is not only enjoying a burgeoning career, but a blossoming romance with Samantha, a beautiful doctor who works in the emergency room. Through a series of misunderstandings, the chipmunks start to believe that a marriage proposal is on the horizon. Dreading the thought of an antagonistic stepbrother, Alvin, Theodore and Simon embark on a cross-country odyssey to prevent their best pal from ruining their lives.

Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Ready, Set, Polka with: Pint Size Polkas

Pint Size Polkas is back for another raucous, toe-tapping, hand-clapping musical adventure! Join Mike Schneider as he leads us through a healthy portion of ooms and pahs, and be sure to have on your dancing shoes.

Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Totally Tweens: Yoga with Karen

Interested in yoga? Join Children’s Librarian, Karen Gordon to learn the basics. Starting with the 4 B’s –Brain, Body, Breath, and Balance. Yoga helps build self-confidence and self-esteem, flexibility and strength.

Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Blank Park Zoo, Show and Tell

Blank Park Zoo is back for another show and tell program for the summer reading program! Stop by ICPL today to meet and get to know a few of the animals from this wonderful zoo in Des Moines.

Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters: Blank Park Zoo, Show and Tell

Blank Park Zoo is back for another show and tell program for the summer reading program! Stop by ICPL today to meet and get to know a few of the animals from this wonderful zoo in Des Moines.

Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

Date: Friday, July 1st, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Totally Tweens: LEGOs and LittleBits

Get creative with engineering and electricity by designing and constructing a part of a city.

Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Zoop, Gap, Zar with Dino O'Dell

Do you speak space alien? Would you like to? Then be sure to come by today's concert with musician, storyteller and picture book author, Dino O'Dell!

Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

Date: Friday, July 8th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Farmer's Market Storytime:

Date: Saturday, July 9th, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Farmer's Market
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-12 of 20 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: Kung Fu Panda 3

Living large and loving life, Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai, a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.

Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Insect Zoo Bug Olympics

Join our special guests from the ISU Insect Zoo for these Olympic Events: Cockroach Pulls, Roach Races, and Cricket Jumps. Then get up close and personal with the other awesome multi-legged creatures at the Bug Olympics Display.

Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Children's Room, Storytime Room
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Summer Reading Program Event for All Ages: Acrobat/Juggler Laura Ernst

ICPL is excited to welcome International award-winning entertainer, juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst to Iowa City for a special event for all ages. Her performance will include her award-winning juggling, acrobatic hula hoops and her human-sized hamster ball! There is no registration for this free program, but seating will be first come-first serve. Doors will open at 6:30. This event is part of the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Meeting Room D (ICN)
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Recycled Fun Show with the Hanson Family

Can you juggle? How about ride a unicycle? Both at once? The Hanson Family can! Be sure to come by today's program to see some amazing feats performed by a truly talented family!

Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters : Recycled Fun Show with the Hanson Family

Can you juggle? How about ride a unicycle? Both at once? The Hanson Family can! Be sure to come by today's program to see some amazing feats performed by a truly talented family!

Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

Date: Friday, July 15th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, July 18th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-14 of 20 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: The Peanuts Movie

Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi.

Date: Monday, July 18th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Pizza Workshop

Find out how to pizza is made in a restaurant, then make and eat your own mini pizza. *Please contact us ahead of time with any food allergies. We may not be able to accommodate all allergies*

Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Picking a Rainbow with Scott Koepke

Today we'll be celebrating keeping the earth and your body healthy by planting diversely. Scott Koepke will be joining us to share what's going on in the Children's Garden.

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters : Ben's Bubble Show

This afternoon you're in for a special eye popping treat! Be prepared to be amazed by the incredible things bubbles can do!

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Monday Matinee: Inside Out

Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

Date: Monday, July 25th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Life Size Games

Do you love board games but always wished they were bigger? The library has the solution. Come in today to play some games as big as you are.

Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Last Splash of Summer :

ICPL is proud to be hosting the Fire Department as our final special event for the Summer Reading program. Stop by the pedestrian mall today to play the fire extinguisher game and go through the inflatable smoke house! The meeting rooms are a rain location, we will be outside weather permitting.

Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-13 of 20 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: Minions

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, he sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.

Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Glow-in-the-Dark Lock-In

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading by staying late at the library. Enjoy a glow-in-the-dark games, temporary hair colors, snacks, and more before taking over the library after it closes. For Caregivers: Please fill out a permission slip at the Children's desk prior to the event. Children will be dropped off in Meeting Room A and picked up by the after-hours book drop at 9:30.

Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Meeting Room D (ICN)
Registration is required!
39 of 50 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: The Secret World of Arrietty

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered by Sho, a human boy.

Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Monday Matinee: The Descendants

In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King "Beast" and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption for the trouble making offspring of Disney's classic villains: Cruella De Vil (Carlos), Maleficent (Mal), the Evil Queen (Evie) and Jafar (Jay) who were exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains' descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes' kids.

Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Tween Minecraft (Hour 1):

Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
11 of 20 seats available.
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Tween Minecraft (Hour 2):

Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
16 of 20 seats available.
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-5 of 20 seats available.
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Farmer's Market Storytime:

Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Farmer's Market
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Farmer's Market Storytime:

Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Farmer's Market
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