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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.

Family Special

Designed for the whole family and presented at a time convenient for most working parents. Family specials include special performers, presentations, and activities. Family specials are recommended for all ages, but parents are asked to sit with their younger children. Live on the Library Channel, Cable Channel 10.

Date: Saturday June 13th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Join Orchestra Iowa's talented brass quintet as they introduce children to the beat of the orchestra...
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Date: Sunday July 12th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Meet astronauts, fix alien spaceships and explore the solar system. Join Dino in an educational mus...
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Caped Crusaders

Caped Crusader programs are designed for preschool age children and their families.

Date: Thursday June 11th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
New Pi Soilmates organic garden educator, Scott Koepke, is kicking off the summer reading program wi...
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Date: Thursday July 16th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Parent's Choice Award winning musicians Mr.S and the Sandbox Band will be rocking ICPL with hits fro...
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Date: Thursday June 25th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Prepare yourself for a musical journey highlighting the accomplishments of legendary heroes like avi...
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Masked Marvels

Date: Thursday July 2nd
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Today at ICPL we will be watching the Disney-Pixar hit movie, Cars!...
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Date: Thursday June 11th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Explore the buried gems of the past and discover the heroes of Iowa's fossil record with Sarah Horge...
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Date: Thursday June 25th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Invisible Knights, Magic Carpets, and Three-Headed Monsters, oh my! Talespinner and troubadour, Darr...
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Caped Crusaders & Masked Marvels

This program takes place on the pedestrian mall outside the library, by the playground. Please join us anytime throughout this come-and-go program for the entire family.

Date: Thursday July 30th
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
The annual send-off to the library's summer reading program is back! Come meet some of our communit...
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Tween Minecraft Time

Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Do your friends play Minecraft but you aren't sure how? See what it's like at our first Minecraft event just for tweens. This event is for children in grades 3rd-6th.

Date: Monday May 4th
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour at the library...
Registration is required!
7 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session

Date: Friday June 12th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour at the library...
Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session

Date: Friday July 17th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Computer Lab
Do you play Minecraft and want to meet other Minecraft players? Come play for an hour at the library...
Registration is required!
20 of 20 seats available. More information & registration for this session


Stories in the Park at Willow Creek

Held at 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. 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 10th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Date: Wednesday June 17th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Willow Creek Park
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Date: Wednesday June 24th
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. 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: Friday June 12th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Date: Friday June 19th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Date: Friday June 26th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Mercer Park
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Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip

Date: Wednesday July 22nd
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Today's special storytime features Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell! Stop by ICPL to climb aboa...
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Date: Wednesday July 22nd
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Today's special storytime features Iowa Public Television's Dan Wardell! Stop by ICPL to climb aboa...
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Totally Tweens

For kids in grades 3-6.

Date: Friday July 31st
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
We will end the summer with popcorn and a movie and an after hours lock-in party at the library....
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Date: Tuesday June 16th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Date: Tuesday June 23rd
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Book Babies

Rhymes, fingergames, and stories designed to stimulate baby language development. Registration required.

Date: Friday April 24th
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
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Date: Friday May 15th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room
Rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate your infant's language developmen...
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Date: Friday May 22nd
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Storytime Room
Rhymes, fingerplays, songs and short stories designed to stimulate your infant's language developmen...
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Book Babies

Date: Friday June 5th
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
Music fun for babies!...
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Family Special: MusicIC

Ideal for ages 4-10 and their families.

Date: Saturday June 20th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A
Join violin-fiddle duo Tricia Park and Taylor Morris in this special family concert as they explore ...
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Monday Matinee

Favorite movies with friends!

Date: Monday June 8th
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
We will be kicking off our Monday Matinee series with Disney Pixar's The Incredibles! Undercover ...
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Date: Monday June 15th
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
Young viking and aspiring dragon hunter, Hiccup, discovers that there may be more to dragons than hi...
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Date: Monday June 22nd
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Storytime Room
When his swamp fills with magical creatures, Shrek the Ogre agrees to rescue a princess for the king...
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Big Hero 6

Date: Saturday August 8th
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Join us for a fun family screening of the film Big Hero 6 as we celebrate the end of the Summer Read...
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Children's Day

Date: Saturday June 6th
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Other
Celebrate the Iowa Arts Festival's 32nd Anniversary at Children's Day, an annual festival produced b...
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Family Special: Raptor Project

Date: Sunday June 28th
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
Meet some birds of prey and learn all about them with members of the Macbride Raptor Project!...
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Book Babies: Sweet Feet Yoga

Join, Dana Robinson, of Sweet Feet Yoga. Dana will teach you and your baby, poses, songs, and games...all with the benefits of yoga!

Date: Friday June 19th
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Meeting Room A
http://www.sweetfeetyoga.com/content/baby-me-tots-and-tykes...
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Date: Friday June 19th
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A
http://www.sweetfeetyoga.com/content/baby-me-tots-and-tykes...
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Iowa State University's Insect Zoo

Date: Sunday August 2nd
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C
The Insect Zoo in Iowa State University's Department of Entomology is an outreach program developed ...
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