Summer Reading Program

Adventure begins at Iowa City Public Library - child reading in a tent at sunset

ICPL Reads

May 28 - August 10, 2024

Stay busy this summer reading and attending events!

Available to readers of all ages and abilities, babies through adults. Participants will receive a gamecard to track their summer reading goals.

Prizes available starting Monday, June 3, 2024.

Track your reading online

If you have time for a quick question, let us know how did you hear about the summer reading program?

Downloads

Resources

Sponsors

A big thank you to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation for sponsoring the prizes!

Come read with us!

Upcoming Events

All library patrons, regardless of age or neurodiversity can participate in our Summer Reading Programs. We will be happy to customize reading programs and activities to meet the individual needs of our patrons. Please contact Angela Pilkington for more information.

Upcoming events

browsing party

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 5:00pm

Other

Summer Reading kick-off for adults and teens We're bringing browsing back! Pick out books to start your summer reading during our first-ever Browsing Party. Spend some time flipping through fiction and nonfiction books with refreshments, music, and...

Adults Teens

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Family Storytime is recommended for all ages and includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities. 家庭故事会包括较长或较短的故事,并结合动作游戏和相关活动,适于各年龄段共同参与。 如您因为身体原因需要特别安排,请联系图书馆。 --------- Family Storytime es para todas las edades...

Kids Families Storytimes

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 6:30pm

Meeting Room A

Give your potted plants a little extra love! Learn how to whip up some of the most common potting mixes by combining different amounts of materials such as coco coir, perlite, vermiculite, sand, and compost. Participants should bring a container or...

Adults Classes & Workshops Nature & Gardening

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 5:30pm

Other

Get your swimsuits ready and head over to City Park pool for our second annual End of School party for middle and high schoolers! There'll be live music, prizes, games and food as we ring in the start of summer.

Teens

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

For our last Thursday Storytime before summer, Emily Kate from Ballet Quad Cities will visit us for a Dance Me a Story Storytime! This is a Storytime, a dance class, and dress-up fun all in one! Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances and...

Kids Families Storytimes

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Each Thursday in June, middle and highschoolers are invited to explore creativity through art, tech, design, and more. All supplies will be provided for this event and no experience is needed. Today, engage with color theory, the color wheel and...

Teens
try this: create a butterfly greeting card

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

Create a beautiful, layered greeting card with butterfly shapes cut by our Cricut! You'll see the machine in action and get familiar with its software for your future projects. All supplies will be provided. Please register, as space is limited....

Adults Teens Arts & Crafting Science & Technology

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie. Food: Molly's Cupcake contest Movie: Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse. Miles Morales catapults across the multiverse, where he encounters a team of...

Teens Gaming & Pop Culture

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing! A young woman named Asha possesses wild wishes for happiness. After making a wish on a starry night, Asha is surprised when Star, a ball of cosmic energy, comes...

Kids Families Movies

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

The Arts, Books & Children (ABC) Day is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! All ages will enjoy the kids activities located on the Pedmall as part of the Iowa Arts Festival! Produced by Iowa City Public Library, this is the official kickoff for...

Tweens Kids Babies Families Arts & Crafting Music

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 5:00pm

Other

browsing party

Summer Reading kick-off for adults and teens

We're bringing browsing back!

Pick out books to start your summer reading during our first-ever Browsing Party. Spend some time flipping through fiction and nonfiction...

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Family Storytime is recommended for all ages and includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities.

家庭故事会包括较长或较短的故事,并结合动作游戏和相关活动,适于各年龄段共同参与。

如您因为身体原因需要特别安排,请联系图书馆。

---------
Family...

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 6:30pm

Meeting Room A

Give your potted plants a little extra love! Learn how to whip up some of the most common potting mixes by combining different amounts of materials such as coco coir, perlite, vermiculite, sand, and compost. Participants should bring a container...

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 5:30pm

Other

Get your swimsuits ready and head over to City Park pool for our second annual End of School party for middle and high schoolers! There'll be live music, prizes, games and food as we ring in the start of summer.

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

For our last Thursday Storytime before summer, Emily Kate from Ballet Quad Cities will visit us for a Dance Me a Story Storytime! This is a Storytime, a dance class, and dress-up fun all in one! Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances...

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Each Thursday in June, middle and highschoolers are invited to explore creativity through art, tech, design, and more.
All supplies will be provided for this event and no experience is needed.

Today, engage with color theory, the...

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

try this: create a butterfly greeting card

Create a beautiful, layered greeting card with butterfly shapes cut by our Cricut! You'll see the machine in action and get familiar with its software for your future projects. All supplies will be provided.

Please register, as space is...

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie.

Food: Molly's Cupcake contest

Movie: Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse. Miles Morales catapults across the multiverse, where he...

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing!

A young woman named Asha possesses wild wishes for happiness. After making a wish on a starry night, Asha is surprised when Star, a ball of cosmic...

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

The Arts, Books & Children (ABC) Day is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! All ages will enjoy the kids activities located on the Pedmall as part of the Iowa Arts Festival! Produced by Iowa City Public Library, this is the official kickoff...

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 5:00pm

Other

browsing party

Summer Reading kick-off for adults and teens

We're bringing browsing back!

Pick out books to start your summer reading during our first-ever Browsing Party. Spend some time flipping through fiction and nonfiction...

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 6:30pm

Meeting Room A

Give your potted plants a little extra love! Learn how to whip up some of the most common potting mixes by combining different amounts of materials such as coco coir, perlite, vermiculite, sand, and compost. Participants should bring a container...

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

try this: create a butterfly greeting card

Create a beautiful, layered greeting card with butterfly shapes cut by our Cricut! You'll see the machine in action and get familiar with its software for your future projects. All supplies will be provided.

Please register, as space is...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

try this: artificial intelligence

You need first-hand experience with AI to fully understand the hype! In this workshop, we'll generate text, images, and music with various online tools.  You'll leave with a better ability to identify AI-created content and ideas for how you...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

Other

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of seven awards awarded annualy by Columbia University. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. ...

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This program is intended for people of all ages who are neurodivergent, or who experience intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Join us to play Squishmallow bingo (with prizes!), then create a piece of Squishmallow fan art by...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 8:30pm

Other

Join ICPL staff and members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers for a special ICPL Astronomy Night event at the Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Preserve. 

Members of the CAA will give tours of the facility...

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

Recover an ugly book

Bring in a couple of your paperback books with misleading or unpleasant cover designs, and we'll create custom book jackets!

After measuring your book, we'll use Canva to make a template you can fill with their clip art, background images...

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

try this: digital audiobooks

If you haven't made the switch from books-on-CD to digital e-audiobooks, let us show you the way!

The Iowa City Public Library has two sources for free digital audiobooks: Libby and Hoopla. We'll take a look at both interfaces during this...

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Sparkles is an adaptive and inclusive cheer and dance team for students with and without disabilities. Join members of City High and UI Sparkles to watch a performance, learn some cheer terminology and movements, and learn a short cheer routine...

Friday, May 31, 2024 - 5:00pm

Other

browsing party

Summer Reading kick-off for adults and teens

We're bringing browsing back!

Pick out books to start your summer reading during our first-ever Browsing Party. Spend some time flipping through fiction and nonfiction...

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 - 5:30pm

Other

Get your swimsuits ready and head over to City Park pool for our second annual End of School party for middle and high schoolers! There'll be live music, prizes, games and food as we ring in the start of summer.

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Each Thursday in June, middle and highschoolers are invited to explore creativity through art, tech, design, and more.
All supplies will be provided for this event and no experience is needed.

Today, engage with color theory, the...

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

try this: create a butterfly greeting card

Create a beautiful, layered greeting card with butterfly shapes cut by our Cricut! You'll see the machine in action and get familiar with its software for your future projects. All supplies will be provided.

Please register, as space is...

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie.

Food: Molly's Cupcake contest

Movie: Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse. Miles Morales catapults across the multiverse, where he...

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Space will be filled with summer clothes to get you kitted out for summer. Everything will be free for the taking.

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Monday in June, middle and high schoolers have to opportunity to make something new.

All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

The mini vendor kit we're making this week is absolutely adorable! Work on...

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 4:00pm

Teen Center

Go back in time and celebrate your youth through TV, movies, gaming, candy, and snacks! Travel back in time to the early to mid 2000's and reminisce about those good old days: iCarly, Adventuretime, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Teen Titans Go...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Tuesdays in June are for healthy competition, co-operation, strategy, and innovation through console, table top, and good old fashioned board games.

An array of boards games will be out, and feel free to join in our pick-up Jack Box game...

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Family Storytime is recommended for all ages and includes both shorter and longer stories combined with action games and activities.

家庭故事会包括较长或较短的故事,并结合动作游戏和相关活动,适于各年龄段共同参与。

如您因为身体原因需要特别安排,请联系图书馆。

---------
Family...

Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

For our last Thursday Storytime before summer, Emily Kate from Ballet Quad Cities will visit us for a Dance Me a Story Storytime! This is a Storytime, a dance class, and dress-up fun all in one! Dance Me a Story ties together ballet performances...

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing!

A young woman named Asha possesses wild wishes for happiness. After making a wish on a starry night, Asha is surprised when Star, a ball of cosmic...

Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

The Arts, Books & Children (ABC) Day is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! All ages will enjoy the kids activities located on the Pedmall as part of the Iowa Arts Festival! Produced by Iowa City Public Library, this is the official kickoff...

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend! We will...

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Monday, June 10, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Our friends from snapshots literary magazine will be here to help us design our very own magazine in this special three week workshop. The first week we will work on the writing for the magazine, the second will be the art, and finally the third...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Elementary-age kids are invited to join us each Tuesday at 1:00 to learn a little bit about a fun skill or hobby that maybe they haven’t tried before! We have experts from the community here to teach you the basics!

Looking for a unique...

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend. We will...