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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.

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, September 6th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: Reading Remix

For children in grades 3rd-6th.

Have you ever wanted to change a boring story? Join us today to get creative and make some changes. Get inspired by the literary mash-up "Battle Bunny" by Jon Scieszka.

Date: Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A

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Sunday Fun Day: Pencil Toppers

Fun activities for families to enjoy together.

Come in to create crazy, colorful pencil toppers to mark your pencils as your own. We'll provide everything, but you can bring your own pencils if you want.

Date: Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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Appy Hour:

Join Morgan and Angie after storytime to learn about best practices for screen time and discover great apps to explore together with your kids.

Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 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, September 17th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


Family Storytime: Learn American Sign Language

Designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. Storytime includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. Family Storytime is recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children.

Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week with AmyRuth McGraw, ASL professor, and University of Iowa students. Hear and see a story told with American Sign Language. Learn to fingerspell your name and other sign language activities.

Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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, September 24th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


Performer's Showcase:

This event is an opportunity for librarians and educators to get an idea of performers available for booking in the greater Iowa area. Families with children are welcome and encouraged to come and go as they please; recommended for ages 3 and up.

Are you interested in getting a sneak peek of children's performers? Stop by ICPL today between 9:30 and 3:00 to see, interact with and meet some wonderful performers from the state of Iowa and beyond!

Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Meeting Room D (ICN)

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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, September 28th, 2015
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


Appy Hour:

Join Morgan and Angie after storytime to learn about best practices for screen time and discover great apps to explore together with your kids.

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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


Farmer's Market Storytime: with Morgan

Starting your day with a visit to the Iowa City Farmer's Market? Join Morgan for a special storytime while you are there! We will meet under the trees next to the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp for some harvest books, rhymes, and songs.

Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Other

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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, October 4th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: Author Visit with Sarah Prineas

For children in grades 3rd-6th.

Local author Sarah Prineas, author of the Magic Thief series, will be joining us to share insights into her writing process and advice for aspiring young writers.

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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, October 15th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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, October 22nd, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

Registration is required!
20 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, October 26th, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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


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, November 1st, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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


TOTALLY TWEENS: Knit-In

For children in grades 3rd-6th.

Learn some basics of knitting. We'll provide knitting needles and yarn to get you started on a simple scarf. All skill levels welcome.

Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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, November 19th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


TOTALLY TWEENS: LittleBits Club:

Put on your inventor's hat and make something that does something. We will meet weekly to master different design challenges using LittleBits electronics modules and craft supplies. For grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Storytime Room

Registration is required!
20 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, November 23rd, 2015
Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Location: Computer Lab

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


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, December 6th, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room

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TOTALLY TWEENS: Minute to Win It

For children in grades 3rd-6th.

Get into the holiday spirit by playing fast and festive games with friends to win silly prizes.

Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015
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, December 17th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab

Registration is required!
17 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, December 28th, 2015
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, Family Concert: Awful Purdies

Today we're hosting a special family concert, the Awful Purdies. Stop by and warm up with some Purdy great tunes! Family Concerts are designed for the entire family. Parents, children and grandparents alike are welcome and will enjoy these friendly, fun shows.

Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer. For more information check out their website, http://www.awfulpurdies.com/

Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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