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CHILDREN'S DAY!

June 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., City Plaza

Celebrate the arts at this annual event produced by ICPL with the Summer of the Arts during the Iowa Arts Festival. Get creative at the activity booths and enjoy a show on the Family Stage. With live performances, arts and crafts, fun activities, and Planting Day for ICPL's Children's Garden, there's something for everyone!


Family Stage Performances

10:00 - The After School Specials Rock Concert by Shimek Elementary School BASP
10:45 - Eulenspiegel Puppets presents Eulenspiegel's Circus
11:45 - Orchestra Iowa's Pied Piper String Quintet Concert
12:30 - Craig Stevens, Magician
1:30 - City Circle Acting Company & The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1:45 - Mrs. Hinky Dink's Clown Magic Show
2:30 - Family Folk Machine Sing-Along

    Fizz, Boom, Create! Art Activities for Kids

  • Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Celebration with ICPL
  • Chess Quest with Douglas Narveson
  • Clowning Around with Mrs. Hinky Dink and Papa Balloon
  • Crazy Locks Hair Salon with ICPL
  • Dinosaur Hollow with Jack Neuzil
  • Fiber Art Kids with the Craft Guild of Iowa City
  • Fossil Find with the Museum of Natural History
  • Furry Friends with the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
  • It's Easy Being Green with ECO Iowa City
  • Make Your Mark in the City of Literature with ICPL
  • making Music Together with Preucil School of Music
  • Mask Yourself with Iowa City Carnaval Project
  • Micro Magic with the Iowa Children's Museum
  • Paint the Town with ICPL and Blick Art Materials
  • Picture This! Silly Props for Photo Ops with ICPL
  • Read, Learn, Grow! Children's Garden with Scott Koepke
  • Sing & Play & Learn Today with West Music
  • Sit, Stay, R.E.A.D. with the Therapy Dogs of Johnson County
  • Yahoo Drummers

Weekly Program Schedule

Mondays

Toddler Time

10:30 a.m. - Storytime Room

Bounces and rhymes, stories and songs for toddlers.


Monday Matinees

1 p.m. - Storytime Room

Favorite movies with friends!


Tuesdays

Toddler Time

10:30 a.m. - Storytime Room

Bounces and rhymes, stories and songs for toddlers.


Tweens on Tuesday

2 p.m. - Storytime Room

Crafts and fun for the older ones.


Wednesdays

Stories in the Park

10:30 a.m. - Willow Creek Park

Stories in the sunshine! In cooperation with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. Rainy day location: Storytime Room at ICPL.


Wii Wednesdays

2-4 p.m. - Storytime Room

Open Wii gaming for school-age kids.


Thursdays

Little Beakers

10:30 a.m. - Meeting Room A

Special programs for preschoolers

June 12 - ISU Insect Zoo
June 19 - Blank Park Zoo-Zookeepers Are Scientists, Too!
June 26 - The Zinghoppers-Fizz, Boom, Pow Concert
July 03 - Preschool Storytime
July 10 - MacBride Raptor Center's Birds of Prey
July 17 - Sing a Song of Summer
July 24 - Dan Wardell's Reading Road Trip (9:30 & 10:30 a.m.)
July 31 - Last Splash of Summer with the Iowa City Fire Department (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Knowledge Seekers, 2 p.m. - Meeting Room A

Special programs for school-age kids.

June 12 - ISU Insect Zoo
June 19 - Blank Park Zoo-Zookeepers Are Scientists, Too!
June 26 - ECICOG's Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise-All about Gas, Uh, Methane Gas!
July 03 - Iron Giant Movie
July 10 - MacBride Raptor Center's Birds of Prey
July 17 - Stories with Darrin Crow, Talespinner and Troubadour
July 24 - Lego Mania
July 31 - Last Splash of Summer with the Iowa City Fire Department (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Fridays

Stories in the Park

10:30 a.m. - Mercer Park

Stories in the sunshine! In cooperation with the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department. Cancelled if rain.


Book Babies

10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. - Storytime Room

An interactive storytime for our youngest patrons.


Rock and Read

1-3 p.m. - Children's Room

Drop in and read with an RSVP volunteer and meet your summer reading goals!


Saturdays

Family Storytime or Program

10:30 a.m. - Storytime Room

MusicIC Presents!
June 21, 10:30 a.m. - Meeting Room A
From stories to music, hear Strega Nona, Madeline, and more presented in a whole new way with musical renditions by MusicIC.

Chemists in the Library
June 28, 1-3 p.m., Storytime Room
Discover the wonder and excitement of chemistry with science experiments and demonstrations. Fun for the whole family.

Boogie in the Barnyard
July 5, 10:30 a.m., Meeting Room A
Toe-tapping fun with musician John Duggleby.

Messy Science Day
July 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., City Plaza
Play with non-Newtonian fluid, create chalk bombs and Mentos soda rockets and make some messy science fun. Wear old clothes!

Bubble Wonders
July 26, 10:30 a.m., Meeting Room A
Bubble caterpillars, snowman, volcano and more! Even a kid ina bubble! With bubbleologist Geoff "Merlin" Akins.


Sundays

Sunday Fun Day

2 p.m. - Storytime Room