Kids ProgramsKids Programs

The ICPL Children’s Room provides a variety of programs and services for children from birth through Grade 6. Contact the Library, 319.356.5200 for more information.


The Children's Room offers a set schedule of weekly storytimes throughout the year. Except on major holidays you can attend storytimes on:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (Toddler Storytime)
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (Preschool Storytime)
  • Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Book Babies)
  • Saturdays at 10:30 (Family Storytime)
  • Sundays at 2 p.m. (Family Storytime)
There is no registration for library storytimes--everyone is welcome. These programs last approximately 30 minutes.

Outreach Services

The Children’s Room staff offer a variety of outreach programs. Call 319.887.6029 to arrange storytimes and visits to preschsools, daycares, and schools.

R.E.A.D. Program

On selected Sunday afternoons, school-age readers are welcome to read aloud to trained therapy dogs for 15 minutes on a first come, first served basis. Sign up, read, and win a prize book. Presented by Iowa City R.E.A.D. Therapy Dog Teams.

Special Events

The library offers School's Out Specials for children on days when public schools are not in session. Other special programming includes Popo's Puppeteer Festival. Sunday Family Specials, and Children's Day, a part of the Iowa Arts Festival.

Summer Reading Program

Each summer the library offers a reading incentive program for children from preschool to sixth grade. All children receive summer reading kits with activities to do to earn prizes and new books. Special programs are held throughout June and July. Registration begins at Children's Day during the first week of June.

Summer Library Bus

Children can show their Library card for a free ride to the downtown interchange during the summer months, then walk three blocks to the Library. This service is limited to children through grade 12, and their adult caregivers who are with them. Children and caregivers can ride home free anytime the same day with a Ride & Read bus pass, available at the Checkout Desk. Limit: 1 per day, and 2 per week. Must show Library Card to get a bus pass from the Library. The 2009 Summer Library Bus program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 5 through August 9. For more information, visit the Summer Library Bus page or Iowa City Transit or call 319.356.5151.

Tours & Group Visits

If you would like a class or group tour of the Children's Room, please call the Children's Coordinator. The library is happy to arrange tours and visits for schools or community groups, schedules permitting.

Wii Gaming

Wii Gaming for School-Age Children is held in the Storytime Room on Thursdays during the school year and Wednesdays during the summer.