Summer Reading Program

A Universe of Stories

June 1 - August 10

Stay busy this summer reading and attending out-of-this-world library events.

Available to readers of all ages and abilities, babies through adults. Registration begins May 13th. Participants will receive game cards to track their summer reading goals. Prizes available starting June 8th.

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Sponsors

A big thank you to our 2019 Summer Reading Program sponsors:

  • Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation
  • Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • The Iowa Children’s Museum
  • McDonald’s Family Restaurants
  • Panda Express

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 our patrons. Please contact Angela Pilkington for more information.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Police Officer Ashten Hayes will be stopping by to read and tell stories about being a police officer in Iowa City. Bring any questions you have for this amazing athlete, mother and community worker! After Storytime, Ashten will show you the ins...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "A Universe of Stories." One way we can discover new stories around the world (and beyond) is to encourage cultural literacy. On Wednesdays, join us for an activity that will help us...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A

Can you decorate the sweetest cupcake? Show us your flair for design and impress the judges for a chance to win a special prize. Enjoy eating your creations after the competition. Registration Required. For Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.

This year's Summer...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that Iowa played a major role in the International Space Race of the 1960s? Join UI Professor Cornelia Lang for stories of the contributions of University of Iowa scientists and students to the race for space. She will discuss the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Chad Elliott

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical poems and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. Think Shel Silverstein with more color and a song album. The book is...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Chad Elliott

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical poems and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. Think Shel Silverstein with more color and a song album. The book is...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This Family Night program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience Family Night program is at 6:00

There's no better way to learn about the ...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

There's no better way to learn about the biology of animals than by having the animals in your library! Lacey from Wild Times Exotic Animals will be sharing 7 exotic friends with us this evening! Her animal ambassadors are highly trained and...

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

Held in Mercer Park, near the playground equipment.

A preschool-age program where stories and picture books are combined with fingerplays, songs, and action rhymes.
The ICPL bookmobile will be on site and open for checkout. Library...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From video games to trivia, stop by the Library on Tuesdays at 1:00 to find out what we're playing! Elementary age kids are welcome.

Is there anything more awesome than GIANT games? Nope, so stop...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

Meeting Room A

Show off your library knowledge by competing in rounds of fun team challenges to win silly prizes.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Police Officer Ashten Hayes will be stopping by to read and tell stories about being a police officer in Iowa City. Bring any questions you have for this amazing athlete, mother and community worker! After Storytime, Ashten will show you the ins...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "A Universe of Stories." One way we can discover new stories around the world (and beyond) is to encourage cultural literacy. On Wednesdays, join us for an activity that will help us...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A

Can you decorate the sweetest cupcake? Show us your flair for design and impress the judges for a chance to win a special prize. Enjoy eating your creations after the competition. Registration Required. For Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.

This year's Summer...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that Iowa played a major role in the International Space Race of the 1960s? Join UI Professor Cornelia Lang for stories of the contributions of University of Iowa scientists and students to the race for space. She will discuss the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Chad Elliott

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical poems and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. Think Shel Silverstein with more color and a song album. The book is...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Chad Elliott

Wilderman’s Treetop Tales is a collection of whimsical poems and paintings created by International award-winning songwriter, Chad Elliott. Think Shel Silverstein with more color and a song album. The book is...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

This Family Night program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience Family Night program is at 6:00

There's no better way to learn about the ...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that Iowa played a major role in the International Space Race of the 1960s? Join UI Professor Cornelia Lang for stories of the contributions of University of Iowa scientists and students to the race for space. She will discuss the...

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

THIS EVENT IS FULL. A 2ND EVENT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED ON JULY 13. CHECK THAT DATE FOR AVAILABLE SLOTS.

Ever wanted to build your own world? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop...

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

Due to popular demand we're having a second Terrarium Workshop!

Ever wanted to build your own universe? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop!. We'll supply the...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched in the huge, 363-foot tall Saturn V rocket from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

What do the Iowa communities of Lone Tree, Amana, Marion, Forest City, Mapleton, Alvord, and Estherville have in common? Meteorites! Dr. Ray Anderson, Adjunct Professor in the UI Earth and Environmental Studies Department, will recount the...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

The Center of our own Milky Way Galaxy is vastly different than the place where the Sun resides (the "Solar Neighborhood"). The physical conditions are significantly more extreme in the Galactic center and detailed observations of our...

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

What better way to celebrate the ICPL's Summer Reading Program's theme "Universe of Stories" than with a Star Trek Movie Festival!

Noon: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn Directed by Nicholas Meyer, starring William...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A

Can you decorate the sweetest cupcake? Show us your flair for design and impress the judges for a chance to win a special prize. Enjoy eating your creations after the competition. Registration Required. For Grades 7-12.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

THIS EVENT IS FULL. A 2ND EVENT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED ON JULY 13. CHECK THAT DATE FOR AVAILABLE SLOTS.

Ever wanted to build your own world? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Take your selfie obsession to the next level with our Selfie Scavenger hunt! Grab a scavenger hunt sheet and your cell phone (don’t worry we’ll have a device for you if you need one), and split into teams or go off on your own. Once you’ve...

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

Due to popular demand we're having a second Terrarium Workshop!

Ever wanted to build your own universe? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop!. We'll supply the...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched in the huge, 363-foot tall Saturn V rocket from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Everyone loves baths! Make those baths colorful by making your own bath bombs to take home.For Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Get outta the heat, watch a movie and eat popcorn: Captain Marvel gets caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. For Grades 7-12.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

What better way to celebrate the ICPL's Summer Reading Program's theme "Universe of Stories" than with a Star Trek Movie Festival!

Noon: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn Directed by Nicholas Meyer, starring William...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Act out characters and more from Harry Potter while your friends guess! The best team will get a Harry Potter prize. For Grades 7-12.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Ready to join your friends in an epic Nerf battle? Let the games begin! Bring your own blaster (some will be available) and we'll supply the darts. For Grades 7-12.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From video games to trivia, stop by the Library on Tuesdays at 1:00 to find out what we're playing! Elementary age kids are welcome.

Is there anything more awesome than GIANT games? Nope, so stop...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From video games to trivia, stop by the Library on Tuesdays at 1:00 to find out what we're playing! Elementary age kids are welcome.

Is there anything more awesome than GIANT games? Nope, so stop...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From video games to trivia, stop by the Library on Tuesdays at 1:00 to find out what we're playing! Elementary age kids are welcome.

Is there anything more awesome than GIANT games? Nope, so stop...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

Meeting Room A

Show off your library knowledge by competing in rounds of fun team challenges to win silly prizes.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Police Officer Ashten Hayes will be stopping by to read and tell stories about being a police officer in Iowa City. Bring any questions you have for this amazing athlete, mother and community worker! After Storytime, Ashten will show you the ins...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "A Universe of Stories." One way we can discover new stories around the world (and beyond) is to encourage cultural literacy. On Wednesdays, join us for an activity that will help us...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "A Universe of Stories." One way we can discover new stories around the world (and beyond) is to encourage cultural literacy. On Wednesdays, join us for an activity that will help us...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.

This year's Summer...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.

This year's Summer...

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

This encore World Wednesday program is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment. A general audience World Wednesday program is at 1:00.

This year's Summer...