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  • Storytimes
  • Toddler Storytimes Monday & Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool Storytimes Wednesday & Thursday 10:30 a.m.
  • Family Storytimes Saturday 10:30 a.m. & Sunday 2 p.m.
  • Book Babies Friday 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

Music is the Word: Preschool Valentine's Dance

Do you have a little someone special that would like to party down for Valentine's Day? Stop by ICPL for a special preschool Valentine's dance!

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

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Totally Tweens: Cupcake Wars

For children in grades 3rd-6th

Can you decorate the sweetest cupcake? Show us your flair for design and enjoy eating your creations after the competition. Please register below. *Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions before participating. We may not be able to accommodate all restrictions.*

Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

Registration is required!
-3 of 30 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Music is the Word, Book Babies: Preucil's Music Together:

Music is the Word, Book Babies: Preucil School of Music’s, Music Together © Today Music Together © will be leading us in a special Book Babies program. Stop by to learn some new songs and have a great time singing and dancing together! For more information: http://www.preucil.org/musicTogether.html

Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room

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Music is the Word, Book Babies: Preucil's Music Together:

Music is the Word, Book Babies: Preucil School of Music’s, Music Together © Today Music Together © will be leading us in a special Book Babies program. Stop by to learn some new songs and have a great time singing and dancing together! For more information: http://www.preucil.org/musicTogether.html

Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Music is the Word, Sing-Along: Tangled

As part of the Music is the Word program we will be hosting a classic film and singing along once a month.

Will Rapunzel ever find her way out of her tower, or discover that she's really the lost princess of the kingdom? Stop by the storytime room today to sing along and find out! This Disney movie features music by Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken

Date: Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Preschool Drive in Movie:

Stop by today for a cardboard box car drive in movie! We will be showing one or two short films today and sitting in homemade cardboard cars!

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

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After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
-2 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
0 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


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. This event is just for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9)

Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Wii Gaming for School-age Children:

Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Music is the Word Family Special Orchestra Iowa Pied Piper: String Quartet

Orchestra Iowa's Pied Piper concert series is back for another great concert! Join 4 fabulous musicians as we are introduced to the string family.

Date: Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

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SIT, STAY, R.E.A.D.: with Therapy Dogs of Johnson County

Come read aloud to trained therapy dogs. Read four times to earn a new book!

Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Totally Tweens: DIY Decoupage

For children in grades 3rd-6th

Make your room and your stuff uniquely yours using paper, fabric, and decoupage glue. We'll provide some plain cups to get started on, but you can bring your own things too. Need an idea? Bookends, coasters, or picture frames are all great projects to try.

Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Spring Break Special: Blank Park Zoo: Ruby the Reading Red Panda

Blank Park Zoo will be coming back today with another Show and Tell Program! Stop by to meet a zoologist, a couple of the zoo's animals and Ruby the Reading Red Panda.

Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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Preschool Storytime with : 100 Grannies!

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, March 17th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

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After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
6 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Music is the Word Spring Break Family Concert: Tom Pease

Tom Pease has been getting children and families to participate in his concerts for over thirty years! His shows really get everyone moving and touch on a variety of themes from cultural diversity to self-esteem and bullying. Be sure to check out his CD's from the children's department for a sneak peak or his website for more information! http://tompease.com/

Date: Saturday, March 19th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
0 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


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. This event is just for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9)

Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Music is the Word, Preschool Storytime: Upcycled Instruments

Today at preschool storytime we're asking for your help! We would like to make all sorts of homemade instruments from items you would find around the house, and put them on display outside of the Children's Room! Stop by to make an instrument, leave it here, and Casey will put it on display with your name for everyone to see your handiwork!

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A

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Wii Gaming for School-age Children:

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Music is the Word, Family Concert: Tibetan Singing Bowls

Join Jeet Saini and friends as they present a very special concert featuring Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Date: Sunday, April 10th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A

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Music is the Word: Totally Tweens: Upcycled Instruments

Stop by to create your own instrument using everyday materials! With permission, the instrument you create will be displayed outside of the Children's Department.

Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
-1 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Dia de Los Ninos/Libros Storytime Celebration:

Program is presented as a part of the "Latino Americans in Iowa: Past and Present History" project at Kirkwood Community College. Program is presented as a part of our Family Storytime events. Family Storytimes are designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. Family Storytime is recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.

Join in Storytime fun as we celebrate Latino books, music and culture. Únete a la diversión en celebracion de los libros Latinos Americanos, la música y la cultura.

Date: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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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. This event is just for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9)

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
0 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


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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Music is the Word: Totally Tweens Talent Showcase

For children in grades 3rd-6th.

Tweens are invited to showcase their special talent. A piano is available in the meeting room. If you sing, play a musical instrument, dance or do something goofy, we would love to have you share your skills with an appreciative audience of family and friends. Participants must stop by or call the Children's Room Desk at 356-5200 to sign up.Specifically for Grades 3-6.

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A

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After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
0 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


After School Minecraft:

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour 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, but these are limited and first come first serve. Otherwise players without an account may play still play in singleplayer mode. Please register below. This event is for children in grades 3rd-8th (ages 8-14)

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
1 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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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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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:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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Steve 'n TV!: And the Amazing YOU!

Today we will be learning about all of the amazing things our bodies can do through songs, games and jokes!

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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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

Date: Friday, June 17th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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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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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:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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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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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:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

Date: Friday, July 1st, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

Date: Friday, July 8th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

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

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park

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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

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

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Stories in the Park at Willow Creek:

Held in Willow Creek Park, West Benton Street and Teg Drive, Iowa City. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will available for checkout. Library cards can be issued and updated. Preschool Storytime is recommended for children who are 3 years old and up. In case of rain, the Preschool Storytime will be held in the Storytime Room, Iowa City Public Library.

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

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Stories in the Park at Mercer:

HELD NEAR THE MERCER PARK AQUATIC CENTER. A preschool-age program where longer stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes. Children's books will be available for checkout. Library cards can be issued or updated. Stories in the Park is recommended for children who are 3-6 years old. In case of rain, the storytime will be cancelled.

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

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