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, July 24, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

A fun interactive dance program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance.Turn on the music, grab a costume, do the hokey-pokey, waltz, jitterbug and much more!

A preschool-age program where stories and...

Wednesday, July 24, 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, 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.

Wednesday, July 24, 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, 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...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Martika is an expert performer in the fire, sideshow, and circus arts. Impossible to pin down, her show contains diverse elements such as fire eating, sword swallowing, daring escapes, and more! During her visit, kids will have the opportunity to...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Martika is an expert performer in the fire, sideshow, and circus arts. Impossible to pin down, her show contains diverse elements such as fire eating, sword swallowing, daring escapes, and more! During her visit, kids will have the opportunity to...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

A fun interactive dance program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance.Turn on the music, grab a costume, do the hokey-pokey, waltz, jitterbug and much more!

Held in Mercer Park, near the playground...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Learn to embroider at the library! Mari will teach you different kinds of stitches and help you create a cool piece of textile art to take home. This program is for school-age children, and an adult is encouraged to attend with a brand-new...

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...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From videogames 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 by...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

Storytime Room

Ever wondered how to make paper? Join the University of Iowa Center for the Book to make paper by hand. Come back next week to make that paper into a book. Registration required.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

A fun interactive dance program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance.Turn on the music, grab a costume, do the hokey-pokey, waltz, jitterbug and much more!

A preschool-age program where stories and...

Wednesday, July 24, 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, 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.

Wednesday, July 24, 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, 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...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Martika is an expert performer in the fire, sideshow, and circus arts. Impossible to pin down, her show contains diverse elements such as fire eating, sword swallowing, daring escapes, and more! During her visit, kids will have the opportunity to...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Martika is an expert performer in the fire, sideshow, and circus arts. Impossible to pin down, her show contains diverse elements such as fire eating, sword swallowing, daring escapes, and more! During her visit, kids will have the opportunity to...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

A fun interactive dance program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance.Turn on the music, grab a costume, do the hokey-pokey, waltz, jitterbug and much more!

Held in Mercer Park, near the playground...

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, 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, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From videogames 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 by...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From videogames 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 by...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Tuesdays are for all kinds of games! From videogames 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 by...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

Storytime Room

Ever wondered how to make paper? Join the University of Iowa Center for the Book to make paper by hand. Come back next week to make that paper into a book. Registration required.

Just for kids in 3rd-6th grades.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

A fun interactive dance program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance.Turn on the music, grab a costume, do the hokey-pokey, waltz, jitterbug and much more!

A preschool-age program where stories and...

Wednesday, July 24, 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, July 24, 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, July 24, 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, July 24, 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, July 24, 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...