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Dig With Me: Babies & Toddlers

Even babies and toddlers are developing language and literacy skills, and Dig with Me, the summer reading game for our youngest patrons features activities parents can do with their little ones to build literacy skills. Dig with Me also includes suggestions for reading aloud together. Everyone who finishes wins a free board book and will be entered into a grand prize drawing.


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Activities and Events For Babies & Toddlers

For the Whole Family

Children's Day!
Saturday, June 8, 10-3
City Plaza Ped Mall

Celebrate the Iowa Arts Festival's 30th Anniversary at this annual childre's festival produced by ICPL with Summer of the Arts. Get creative at one of the art activity booths or enjoy a show on the Family Stage. With live performances, arts and crafts, and Planting Day for ICPL's Children Garden, there's something for everyone!

MusicIC Presents!
Sun., June 16, 2 p.m.
Meeting Room A

From stories to music, hear Goodnight Moon, Pecos Bill, and Ferdinand the Bull in a whole new way, with musical renditions by MusicIC.

The Cinderella Files
Sat., July 13, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

MADCAP Puppets presents the hilarious fractured fairy tale of what would happen if Cinderella's fairy godmother went on vacation.

Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip
Thurs., July 25, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Meeting Room A

IPTV Kids Clubhouse star Dan Wardell digs into some of his favorite stories.

For Preschoolers

Can You Dig It? Archaeology Fun!
Thursday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

Listen to stories, grind corn, and make a rock art drawing.

Building and Construction Fun
Thursday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

Children's Librarian, Kathy, will read stories about building and construction and then preschoolers will have a chance to build with Lincoln Logs provided by the library. Lincoln Logs will not go home with children but are a permanent part of the Children's Room toys.

Digging Dinosaurs with Carolyn Richard
Thursday, June 20, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

The Dinosaur Lady is back with her full-scale T Rex head, dino models, fossils, mini museum, and the scoop on the latest fossil finds. With artist and paleontologist Carolyn Richard.

The Music of Dino O'Dell
Thursday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

Dig for delicious worms, swim in peanut butter, and hike to an underground filled with fossils and dinosaurs with the guitar-playing maestro.

Critter Capers with Brad Freidhof
Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

What's that crawling under Brad's shirt? Come find out as the naturalist shares fun facts, hands-on activities, and up-close-and personal contact with local critters.

The Music of Adam Hartig
Thursday, July 18, 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

It's happy feet time when Adam and friends are in the house. With toe-tapping, high energy guitar and piano music guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.


Book Babies
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Storytime Room

An active, participatory program for our youngest patrons, intended to stimulate language development.

Toddler Times
Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Storytime Room

An interactive storytime for toddlers, filled with bounces and rhymes, stories and songs.

Stories in the Park
June 5 - July 26
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Willow Creek Park
Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Mercer Park

Stories in the sunshine for preschoolers, in cooperation with the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department. Rainy day relocations at the Storytime Room at ICPL.

Sensory Storytimes
June 1, July 6 and August 3 (First Saturday of every month), 1:30 p.m.
Storytime Room

Designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities, along with their friends or siblings. An adult must accompany each child with special needs.

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