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Full Calendar of Children's Events

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.

From the Library's Staff Blog

ICPL to Host Crazy 8s Math Club for Kids
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in Kid Bits, News, Crazy 8s Math Club, kids-events
What do you get when you add hands-on activities plus fun-loving kids? Crazy 8s Math Club! The Iowa City Public Library is joining the national movement to make math the cool thing to do after school by hosting a Crazy 8s Math Club for kindergarten through second grade students....

Upcoming Events

Music is the Word Preschool Storytime: Regina Orchestra

Today Regina Orchestra will be joining us for a special morning concert. Be sure to stop by to learn about the string family and to participate in the instrument petting zoo!

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Wii Gaming for School-age Children:

Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Sunday Fun Day: Button Bookmarks

Celebrate Mother's Day by making cheerful and simple bookmarks using buttons.

Date: Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Music is the Word: Totally Tweens: Musical Minute-to-Win-It

Test your tempo in minute long musical matches of skill to score a symphony of silly prizes.

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
18 of 20 seats available.
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After School Minecraft:

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-9 of 20 seats available.
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#Readathon2016 @ICPL:

Grab a book and head to the Library to celebrate the joy of reading during #readathon2016 @ ICPL. We'll provide a comfy chair and some book ideas but we need YOU to fill the chair! Our goal is to have someone reading every hour the Library is open today.

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: 1st Floor Gallery
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After School Minecraft:

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
-14 of 20 seats available.
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: Finding Nemo

Marlin, a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo, who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory -- who has a really short memory -- joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist's fish tank.

Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Amazing Race

Start off your summer cracking clues and completing challenges. Bring a friend to make a team of two, or come alone to be paired up with a new friend.

Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Pedmall, Storytime Room
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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Elsenpeter Marionettes Presents: The Wizard of Oz

Prepare to be transported to a new world in a whirlwind adventure by Frank Baum, adapted for the marionette stage by Richard Elsenpeter! Featuring large traditional European style marionettes and stage, this show is truly one of a kind and will leave parents and children alike blown away! Get ready to see this well known classic in a brand new light.

Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters: Elsenpeter Marionettes Presents: The Wizard of Oz

Prepare to be transported to a new world in a whirlwind adventure by Frank Baum, adapted for the marionette stage by Richard Elsenpeter! Featuring large traditional European style marionettes and stage, this show is truly one of a kind and will leave parents and children alike blown away! Get ready to see this well known classic in a brand new light.

Date: Thursday, June 9th, 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, June 10th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Monday Matinee: The Good Dinosaur

Luckily for young Arlo, his parents, and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot, a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.

Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: Popcorn Olympics

Pop into the library for a tasty competition. Test your aim with the Popcorn Toss, show off your coordination in the Popcorn Cup Catch, plus other corny contests. Enjoy the taste of victory (and popcorn) at the end.

Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 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 15th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers: Steve 'n TV!: And the Amazing YOU!

Join Steve and his computer -animated friend, TV, as they teach us about our amazing bodies! Be prepared to test your senses with optical illusions, the Name that Noise game and the Boxes of Mystery!

Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters: Storyteller and Troubadour: Darrin Crow

Our favorite talespinner and troubadour, Darrin Crow, is back! Prepare to be left on the edge of your seat as Darrin weaves wonderful tales. For more information on Darrin Crow please visit his website http://darrincrow.com/Home_Page.html

Date: Thursday, June 16th, 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, June 17th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, June 20th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available.
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Monday Matinee: Lilo & Stitch

A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.

Date: Monday, June 20th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Totally Tweens: From IC to NFL with Nate Kaeding

Former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding will talk about his football career and answer questions about life in the NFL.

Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 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 22nd, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Little Leapers : Johnson County Conservation

Meet some animals you may recognize from your backyard and learn how to keep them safe in this conservation program with Johnson County Naturalist Sydney Algreen.

Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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Healthy Eaters: Johnson County Conservation

Meet some animals you may recognize from your backyard and learn how to keep them safe in this conservation program with Johnson County Naturalist Sydney Algreen.

Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 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, June 24th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Family Special: The Comedy Magic of Rick Eugene

Ready, Set, Laugh! Today's family special is brought to you by the amazing, hilarious, awe-inspiring Rick Eugene!

Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
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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 Cedar Rapids.

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 Cedar Rapids.

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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Minecraft Jr.:

Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Registration is required!
20 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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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!
20 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!
20 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
Registration is required!
50 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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Minecraft Jr.:

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