Spend Spring Break at the Iowa City Public Library


No plans to travel over spring break? Spend your time off from school and work at the Iowa City Public Library! In addition to our regular lineup of Library happenings, we have special programs and events planned for all age groups the weekend before, during and after spring break!

Saturday, March 16

Jennifer Loeb, the first Iowa woman to summit Mt. Everest, will share stories and photos of her mountain climbing adventures from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A. This is an all-ages event for children and adults.

We all know the Internet was made for cute cat videos, which is why we’re excited to host our Second Annual Internet Cat Video Festival from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room. In addition to enjoying a family-friendly reel of cat shenanigans, we’ll make "cat-tastic" crafts, including cat masks, cat toys, and cat origami. Popcorn will be served, too.

Sunday, March 17

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with holiday crafts during Sunday Fun Day in the Storytime Room. Families are invited to stop by anytime between 2 and 4 p.m.

Monday, March 18

For our early risers, we have Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. This interactive storytime for all ages and stages combines books, rhymes, songs, and movement.

In the afternoon, we’ll host Spring BINGO, otherwise knows as SPRINGO! The fun will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

All month long, Tweens will have the opportunity to learn more about online safety through our Totally Tweens: Be Internet Awesome classes. Held from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday in the Digital Media Lab, Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Registration is required. Register online at https://www.icpl.org/events/categories/classes-workshops or call the Library at 319-356-5200. Tween programs are for students in third through sixth grades.

Tuesday, March 19

Get moving with Tumblin’ Tots with Iowa Gym-Nest from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room A. This program is for toddlers only, as the obstacle course is made specifically for their tiny but mighty bodies!

Speaking of active, our Movie Crafternoon features a viewing of “Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room, as well as Wreck-It Ralph and Sugar Rush crafts!

Wednesday, March 20

Parents and children, be prepared to move, shake, and sing as we take Joy in Action and Music during StoryJAM from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room.
Our friends from the Grout Museum will be here for their Scales and Tales from the Imaginarium program from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. If reptiles and other creepy crawlies are your thing, this event is for you! An encore program for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Teens, better get your game face on because we’re throwing down with Super Smash Bros Ultimate during our Spring Break Video Game Tournament. The battle will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Koza Family Teen Center. This program is for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Students in third through sixth grades are invited to get their science on during ScienTweens from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 21

Kaylee from Tippi Toes will host today’s preschool storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Room A, offering a unique program of dance and creative movement.

School-age kids, come meet Mike Hutchison from Iowa Parrot Rescue from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. As the only licensed parrot rescue in the state, Mike will discuss his program’s mission, as well as talk about the proper care and homing of birds. He’ll have a few of his feathered friends with him, so be prepared to ask questions!

Tweens will have a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Video Game Tournament from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Tween programs are for students in third through sixth grades.

Friday, March 22

Join Karen for Book Babies: Tots Yoga from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again at 1:30 to 2 p.m. This program offers tot-centric poses that encourage and support their physical explorations. Toddlers will become more confident in their moving bodies as they practice yoga both in and out of class.

It's the last day of Spring Break, so do something creative that makes “cents!” Kids in kindergarten through sixth grades can decorate a ceramic piggy bank to take home during Free Art Friday: Piggy Banks from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. We will provide one piggy bank per registrant, as well as supplies to decorate. Register online at https://www.icpl.org/events/20563/free-art-friday-piggy-banks or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

It’s been a long winter, but the sun will come out, just like Annie sings about in the musical that shares her name. We’ll screen the 2014 remake of “Annie” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

Saturday, March 23

We will open at 9 a.m. for individuals on the autism spectrum and their family to enjoy the Library in a neutral environment. Come and celebrate spring with spring-themed stories, crafts, dancing and a belated indoor snowball fight. The Teen Center will be open for older students to play computer and video games.

In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for a Family Storytime from 10:30 to 11 a.m. celebrating one of our favorite female superheroes: Wonder Woman! We'll share some "super" books, songs, and rhymes, followed by a meet-and-greet with Wonder Woman herself!

The cats had their fun, now it’s time for the dogs to play! Our Second Annual Viral Dog Video Festival will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Storytime Room. Join us for a family-friendly film fest celebrating the Internet's cutest puppy and dog antics. Kibble ‘n’ bits and puppy chow will be served. We'll also offer "tail-waggingly" good crafts from dog puppets to dog toys you can take home for your own furry friend. You'll even get to pet a real, live therapy dog!

Sunday, March 24

Are you interested in starting a vegetable or flower garden this spring, but don’t want to invest in large quantities of seeds? Do you have extra seeds that you'd like to share with other gardeners? Come to our Third Annual Community Seed Share from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A. This event is free and open to all – you do not have to bring seeds to participate. Seeds will be available first come, first served so plan to arrive early!

Speaking of gardening, did you know gnomes love to hide in flower pots and vegetable container gardens? Make your own gnome planters during Sunday Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Storytime Room.

March 18 through March 23

The Koza Family Teen Center will have extended School’s Out Tech Times during spring break. The Teen Center will be open for teens in grades seventh through 12th to use the Internet, play video games on the big screen, use laptops, or just hang out. School’s Out Teen Tech Times will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about any of these programs, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.