Home

Iowa City Reads Goal 125,000 books to go Log books

Featured Collections On the shelf & ready to reserve

Get in the mood for spooky!

Get in the "spirit" with these nonfiction books.

Monsters and witches and ghosts! Oh my!

More featured collections

ICPL Recommends

Pig. book cover
Pig. book cover

Pig.

ON ORDER DVD
Drama

Though the description sounds like John Wick with a pig, the movie is more of a quiet meditation on love and what gives us purpose. -Brian

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover
How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America book cover

How the word is passed : a reckoning with the history of slavery across America

Clint Smith

973.00496 /Smith
History, Black Lives Matter

"'How the Word is Passed' is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves."--

A thoroughly researched exploration of the impact of slavery and how it's history has been recorded through various monuments and landmarks. You may never see the Statue of Liberty or Wall Street the same way again! -Victoria

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe book cover

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Saenz Benjamin
LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

I'm not sure how this book has escaped my clutches. It is a heart-warming, beautiful, soul-touching reminder that love is love! The sequel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World is released later this month so you have time for a re-read before it comes out! -Victoria

The 13 nights of Halloween book cover
The 13 nights of Halloween book cover

The 13 nights of Halloween

Guy Vasilovich

j394.2646 Vasilovich
Picture Books

A Halloween version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring macabre gifts such as icky eyeballs, demons dancing, and thirsty vampires.

You will not regret checking this book out! mwha, ha, ha, ha, ha! -Karen

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover
Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale book cover

Bone soup : a spooky, tasty tale

Alyssa Satin Capucilli

j394.2646 Capucilli
Picture Books

"In this version of the classic tale, Stone soup, three witches are looking for a tasty treat on Halloween morning and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their bone soup"--

Added by Karen

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything book cover

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Linda Williams

jHOLIDAY E Williams
Picture Books

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

This classic Halloween story is not too scary. It's about a brave little old lady walking home in the woods and meets two shoes. I won't tell you any more. The story has actions that gets kids to participate and have fun. -Karen

NEW

More new materials

Check out our Digital Library

Bookmobile schedule
Creative Bug
Teen Works Initiative
Staff Picks Just for you - get recommendations on what to read next

News

PINNED
by Alyssa April 26, 2021
Try out our new MyICPL app! You won't find it in the app store -...
by Jason October 20, 2021
Early voting for the November 2, 2021 City And School Election has...
by Sam October 10, 2021
The ICPL Bookmobile is scheduled for maintenance starting Tuesday,...
by Olivia October 8, 2021
1940 – 1950
by Stacey October 1, 2021
We've been waiting to return to in-person programming to do classes...
by Jason September 28, 2021
by Manny September 22, 2021
by Shawna August 20, 2021
The Fall Bookmobile schedule begins Tuesday, September 7 and runs...