Upcoming fundraising events for Library!

It’s an exciting time for The Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation! We have a full slate of ways you can support the Library coming out from special literary events to eating out/ordering in to support the ICPL! As always, thank you to our library users, volunteers, and donors!



We have not one, but TWO, Looking Forward events for 2024 taking place at The Englert Theatre! Our annual fundraising events for the Iowa City Public Library offer general admission pay-what-you-can tickets. Want a more in-depth experience? Our Golden Circle tickets get you preferred seating and entry into a post-event party with the featured author. Prairie Lights will also be on hand selling signed copies of books with 10% of the proceeds benefiting the Library! 


Dave Eggers In Conversation with Andre Perry for Looking Forward   

March 7, 2024 from 7 to 9 pm at The Englert Theatre  

Dave Eggers Ticketing Link

  *update: Dave Eggers will be doing a book signing after the event!

A lecture with Ilyon Woo for Looking Forward   

March 29, 2024 from 7 to 9 pm at The Englert Theatre  

Ilyon Woo Ticketing Link


There are also package tickets available on both event listings!



LOCAL LIBRARIES LIT (Listen, Talk, Initiate) 

Local Libraries (LIT) is are free online events in conversation with authors to grow a thriving community which shines with diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

  • Thursday, February 15 - Rich Benjamin  
  • Thursday, March 21- Grace M. Cho 
  • Thursday, April 18 - Virginia Sole-Smith 




  • Saturday, February 24- One Book, Two Book Festival Children’s Book Sale Pop-Up at The Chauncey 
  • Wednesday, May 1- Great Give Day with pop-up book sale in the Iowa City Public Library Lobby 
  • Friday, June 14- Meeting Room A Booksale at the Iowa City Public Library 



Eat Out to Read events allow community members to enjoy a delicious meal knowing that a generous percentage of all sales will be donated to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation! In addition, retail businesses also donate sales back to the Library!  

  • Tuesday,  February 27-  Oasis 
  • Thursday, March 21- Micky’s Irish Pub
  • Wednesday, April 10- Wedge Pizza 
  • Wednesday, June 12-  Hudson’s 
  • Monday, April 22 - Sunday, April 28- Towncrest Wellness Apothecary 



Thank you for your continued support of the Iowa City Public Library!  We hope to see you soon!  



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