Summer Reading Program

Read beyond the beaten path - Summer reading program

Read Beyond the Beaten Path

June 1 - August 14, 2022

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.

Sign up starting June 1.

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

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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

Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This summer on Sundays we will go off the beaten path and create nature based and classic camp crafts! Join us on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm in the Storytime Room. Create custom painted rocks using paint pens and paint that pop like fireworks....

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Pedmall

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime right outside the library on Tuesdays at the Pedmall!...

Kids Babies Families Storytimes

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Registration is encouraged but not required for an estimate on how many looms to make for the program. 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...

Tweens Kids Families Music

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Create a masterpiece using tiny tiles.

Teens

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Come learn how to play Prime Climb! This game combines colors, numbers, strategy and a little bit of luck. Local math educator Dr. Kate Degner will have you flexing your math muscles as you work your way through this dynamic, exciting game! In this...

Tweens Gaming & Pop Culture Science & Technology

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime at the library on Tuesdays! We will be at Willow Creek...

Kids Families Storytimes

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to take home! Mexican Talavera, as it is known today, began in the 16th century. As the Spanish colonization of Mexico was underway, so too was Mexican Talavera. After founding...

Tweens Kids Families Classes & Workshops

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Camp DIY is for you curious innovators; always asking why, when and how. Each week we'll have programming that answer questions and allow you to think outside of the box. Spruce up your bedroom with windchimes and a...

Teens

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals who are neurodivergent their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to take home!...

Tweens Kids Families Classes & Workshops

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...

Tweens Kids Families Nature & Gardening

Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This summer on Sundays we will go off the beaten path and create nature based and classic camp crafts! Join us on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm in the Storytime Room.

Create custom painted rocks using paint pens and paint that pop like...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Pedmall

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime right outside the library on Tuesdays at the...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Registration is encouraged but not required for an estimate on how many looms to make for the program.

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...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Create a masterpiece using tiny tiles.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Come learn how to play Prime Climb! This game combines colors, numbers, strategy and a little bit of luck. Local math educator Dr. Kate Degner will have you flexing your math muscles as you work your way through this dynamic, exciting game!

...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime at the library on Tuesdays! We will be at Willow...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to take home! Mexican Talavera, as it is known today, began in the 16th century. As the Spanish colonization of Mexico was underway, so too was Mexican Talavera. After...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Camp DIY is for you curious innovators; always asking why, when and how. Each week we'll have programming that answer questions and allow you to think outside of the box.

Spruce up your bedroom with...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals who are neurodivergent their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

One of the best parts of having houseplants is watching them multiply and then sharing them with others. Do you have houseplants you'd like to share? Want to add some diversity to your collection? Join us for the 2nd ICPL Houseplant Swap...

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for ICPL's Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club! We will meet via Zoom to discuss "Riot Baby" by Tochi Onyebuchi. Feel free to join us, whether or not you've finished the book!

Borrow a book or place a hold at search.icpl....

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Whether they're Fiction, based on true stories, or actual nonfiction, Conspiracy stories can often be described as Thrillers. They often involve a protagonist who accidently starts a chain of events that uncovers a vast, layered crimes....

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

Iowa City author, illustrator and freelance photographer Bob Sessions will discuss nature photography and how he shares his work on Instagram.

This event is part of the 2022 ICPL Adult Summer Reading Program.

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Ready to make your next project pop? In this class, we’ll teach you how to add unique effects to your text in Adobe Illustrator to make it stand out. You’ll learn how to put letters on a curved path, stretch them to a custom shape, add borders,...

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

If you have questions about your Mac computer (laptop or desktop), stop in for some help!

Olivia and Stacey will be available for any issue you'd like to discuss, including things like organizing your files, setting up iCloud,...

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Adults and teens: join us in the Digital Media Lab for some analog creativity!

Bring your own portable craft project (such as knitting, paper crafts, embroidery, drawing, etc.) and make some progress in the company of other makers and...

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

If you attended Photoshop for Beginners on June 23 or already have those skills, you're invited to Intermediate Photoshop!

Join library staff for the next step in using...

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

Get started using Twitter for your professional or personal use!

We’ll go over the best practices you need to use this social media site in a savvy way, learn accepted etiquette, and pick up a few tips and tricks on getting the most out...

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

"The Butterfly Effect" by Rachel McKenny is the 2022 All Iowa Reads selection for adults. Join us for a discussion of this unconventional tale of self-discovery, navigating relationships, and how sometimes it takes stepping outside of...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Create a masterpiece using tiny tiles.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Camp DIY is for you curious innovators; always asking why, when and how. Each week we'll have programming that answer questions and allow you to think outside of the box.

Spruce up your bedroom with...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Think that one person can't make a difference? Well, you're wrong! As the Dalai Lama said, "if you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito". This camp is focused around...

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Center will be stacked and stocked with snacks so you can come and hang out, get out of the heat and relax with some company, activities and one-off programs.

We'll team up and get out our favorite board and card games out....

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

One of the best parts of having houseplants is watching them multiply and then sharing them with others. Do you have houseplants you'd like to share? Want to add some diversity to your collection? Join us for the 2nd ICPL Houseplant Swap...

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Sugar and coffee scrubs are super easy to make and enhance with your favorite scents. We'll also have instructions on how to make natural balms, lotions and sunscreens. All supplies will be provided.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Jo Myers-Walker has illustrated three children's books in watercolor and will be here to lead a watercolor class. All experience levels are welcome and supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Camp DIY is for you curious innovators; always asking why, when and how. Each week we'll have programming that answer questions and allow you to think outside of the box.

Mac is back to help us finish up...

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Think that one person can't make a difference? Well, you're wrong! As the Dalai Lama said, "if you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito". This camp is focused around...

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Ready to make your next project pop? In this class, we’ll teach you how to add unique effects to your text in Adobe Illustrator to make it stand out. You’ll learn how to put letters on a curved path, stretch them to a custom shape, add borders,...

Sunday, July 3, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This summer on Sundays we will go off the beaten path and create nature based and classic camp crafts! Join us on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm in the Storytime Room.

Create custom painted rocks using paint pens and paint that pop like...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Pedmall

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime right outside the library on Tuesdays at the...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Registration is encouraged but not required for an estimate on how many looms to make for the program.

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...

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Come learn how to play Prime Climb! This game combines colors, numbers, strategy and a little bit of luck. Local math educator Dr. Kate Degner will have you flexing your math muscles as you work your way through this dynamic, exciting game!

...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend, or you can watch the Storytime at the library on Tuesdays! We will be at Willow...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to take home! Mexican Talavera, as it is known today, began in the 16th century. As the Spanish colonization of Mexico was underway, so too was Mexican Talavera. After...

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals who are neurodivergent their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

Join us as we learn about Mexican Talavera and color your very own tile to...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This encore Insect Zoo program is for intended for individuals who are neurodivergent and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...