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

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:30am

Willow Creek Park

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band.

Held in Willow Creek...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

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

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

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.

Visit us in the Storytime Room to play Nintendo Switch and Wii...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm

Tween Space

Take a trip to the stars and make some cool space crafts. A galaxy bookmark to keep your place, a constellation jar to light your way and some starry slime just for fun.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Held in Wetherby Park 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City.

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...

Wednesday, June 19, 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 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Calling all cosplayers and anime fans: Just us for our Anime Cosplay Party! We will be watching your favorite shows, making candy sushi, and filling out anime bingo cards. There will be a prize for the best cosplay! So come dressed-up in your...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that there are two huge meteor craters right here in Iowa? Dr. Ray Anderson, Adjunct Professor, UI Earth & Environmental Studies Department, will discuss what happened 74 million years ago when a meteor over one mile in diameter...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Outer Space Buddies

Look up into the night sky because the “Stars” of the show, Galexia & Pandora, are coming to Earth! They may look very different from the Earthlings, but all walks of life deserve love & respect....

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is a Universe of Stories, so we will be doing out of this world crafts on Sundays all summer long! Who doesn't love painting rocks? Create planets, meteors, aliens or even kindness rocks to hide around town!...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:30am

Willow Creek Park

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band.

Held in Willow Creek...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

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

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

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.

Visit us in the Storytime Room to play Nintendo Switch and Wii...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm

Tween Space

Take a trip to the stars and make some cool space crafts. A galaxy bookmark to keep your place, a constellation jar to light your way and some starry slime just for fun.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Held in Wetherby Park 2398 Taylor Drive, Iowa City.

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...

Wednesday, June 19, 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 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Calling all cosplayers and anime fans: Just us for our Anime Cosplay Party! We will be watching your favorite shows, making candy sushi, and filling out anime bingo cards. There will be a prize for the best cosplay! So come dressed-up in your...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that there are two huge meteor craters right here in Iowa? Dr. Ray Anderson, Adjunct Professor, UI Earth & Environmental Studies Department, will discuss what happened 74 million years ago when a meteor over one mile in diameter...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Did you know that there are two huge meteor craters right here in Iowa? Dr. Ray Anderson, Adjunct Professor, UI Earth & Environmental Studies Department, will discuss what happened 74 million years ago when a meteor over one mile in diameter...

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

Ever wanted to build your own world? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop!. We'll supply the containers, the succulents, and the rest of the supplies. All you need is your...

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 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Teen Center

Calling all cosplayers and anime fans: Just us for our Anime Cosplay Party! We will be watching your favorite shows, making candy sushi, and filling out anime bingo cards. There will be a prize for the best cosplay! So come dressed-up in your...

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

Ever wanted to build your own world? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Come to our Adult & Teen terrarium workshop!. We'll supply the containers, the succulents, and the rest of the supplies. All you need is your...

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...

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.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is a Universe of Stories, so we will be doing out of this world crafts on Sundays all summer long! Who doesn't love painting rocks? Create planets, meteors, aliens or even kindness rocks to hide around town!...

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is a Universe of Stories, so we will be doing out of this world crafts on Sundays all summer long! Who doesn't love painting rocks? Create planets, meteors, aliens or even kindness rocks to hide around town!...

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is a Universe of Stories, so we will be doing out of this world crafts on Sundays all summer long! Who doesn't love painting rocks? Create planets, meteors, aliens or even kindness rocks to hide around town!...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:30am

Willow Creek Park

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band.

Held in Willow Creek...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:30am

Willow Creek Park

The Family Folk Machine is an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir supported by the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center that welcomes kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds to sing together with a folk band.

Held in Willow Creek...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

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

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool...

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

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

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool...