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.

Resources

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

As a dancer, Nora Garda has been expanding community dance programs in the area with organizations such as InterDance. Originally from Argentina, Nora Garda started dancing at age 5. Come join Nora and explore the movements of Tango! This event is...

Tweens Kids Families Classes & Workshops Music

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids and will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him on...

Tweens Kids Families Music
Tour of the Digital Media Lab for Teens

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Are you interested in learning more about what you can do in the library's Digital Media Lab? Join us for a tour of the space! Teens can get a run-down of the equipment and software that's here for your creative and digitization projects. Creative...

Teens Classes & Workshops Science & Technology

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids and will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him on...

Tweens Kids Families Music

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A

Beat the heat at the library with a relaxing afternoon making old-school, campy crafts like duct tape Velcro wallets, Perler bead creations, and Shrinky-Dink keychains. --- Combata el calor en la biblioteca con una tarde haciendo artesanías del...

Tweens Arts & Crafting
Creating Graphics in Illustrator

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator for all of your design needs! You’ll become familiar with the software’s interface and get the hang of working with clipping masks, the line snapping system, and the tools you’ll use to make graphics. We’ll...

Adults Teens Arts & Crafting Classes & Workshops Science & Technology
Buy, Sell, and Share on Facebook

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

Have you heard of Facebook Marketplace but weren’t sure if you should try it? Have you seen recommendations for “plant swap” and “buy nothing” groups and want to learn more? Join us for the basics of safely buying, selling, and giving things away...

Adults Classes & Workshops Science & Technology

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Mercer 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

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing! Movies will be shown in Meeting room A at 1:00 PM and will be rated either G or PG. Popcorn will be served at the first and last showing of the summer! "Mei...

Tweens Kids Families Movies

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 9:00am

Other

The Johnson County Historic Poor farm west of Iowa City is now home to Grow Johnson County. Their mission is two fold: they combat food insecurity in Johnson County by donating all the produce grown on the farm to hunger relief programs in Johnson...

Adults Local History Nature & Gardening

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

As a dancer, Nora Garda has been expanding community dance programs in the area with organizations such as InterDance. Originally from Argentina, Nora Garda started dancing at age 5. Come join Nora and explore the movements of Tango! This event...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids and will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Are you interested in learning more about what you can do in the library's Digital Media Lab? Join us for a tour of the space!

Teens can get a run-down of the equipment and...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Babaloo is a one-man musical comedy act for kids and will keep you on the edge (and out) of your seats with musical mayhem and lots of laughs! Not only does Babaloo play music with his guitar, but he asks the audience to make music along with him...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A

Beat the heat at the library with a relaxing afternoon making old-school, campy crafts like duct tape Velcro wallets, Perler bead creations, and Shrinky-Dink keychains.
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Combata el calor en la biblioteca con una tarde haciendo...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator for all of your design needs!

You’ll become familiar with the software’s interface and get the hang of working with clipping masks, the line snapping system, and the tools you’ll use to make graphics...

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

Have you heard of Facebook Marketplace but weren’t sure if you should try it? Have you seen recommendations for “plant swap” and “buy nothing” groups and want to learn more? Join us for the basics of safely buying, selling, and giving things...

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Mercer 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...

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing! Movies will be shown in Meeting room A at 1:00 PM and will be rated either G or PG. Popcorn will be served at the first and last showing of the summer!

...

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 9:00am

Other

The Johnson County Historic Poor farm west of Iowa City is now home to Grow Johnson County. Their mission is two fold: they combat food insecurity in Johnson County by donating all the produce grown on the farm to hunger relief programs in...

Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room D

Ever wanted to build your own world? Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? We'll supply the containers, the succulents, and the rest of the supplies. All you need is your imagination and the willingness to get a little dirty....

Thursday, June 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

You've heard of Photoshop. Ready to try it?

Join library staff for an introductory hour on the industry standard in photo editing and digital art! You'll get comfortable with Photoshop's interface, learn how to open or...

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Epistolary fiction is defined as fiction written mainly in the form of documents – letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, or emails. Why do you read them? Is it because the stories seem so real? Or that we might be seeing things we...

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

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....

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....

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, August 4, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Have you ever wanted to learn to code, but had no idea where to start? Are you curious about how the apps on your phone and programs on your computer are made? This introduction to coding will teach you the basic building blocks all programs are...

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

You know some programming basics, but what can you do with them?

In this class, the second part of this coding series, you’ll apply what you’ve learned to making a...

Friday, August 12, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

Do you love organization and thrive on planners, calendars, and checklists? Or could your current method of scattered notes and vague memories use some help?

Join us to learn about some of the apps and websites that can help you get...

Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A

Beat the heat at the library with a relaxing afternoon making old-school, campy crafts like duct tape Velcro wallets, Perler bead creations, and Shrinky-Dink keychains.
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Combata el calor en la biblioteca con una tarde haciendo...

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:30am

Mercer 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...

Friday, June 10, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing! Movies will be shown in Meeting room A at 1:00 PM and will be rated either G or PG. Popcorn will be served at the first and last showing of the summer!

...

Sunday, June 12, 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.

Today we’ll use air dry clay and petals, leaves and other items found in...

Monday, June 13, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

This week's Let's Play Monday we will be playing Yoga games with Karen Gordon of Dancing Leaves Yoga! Come prepared to stretch, move, and have fun with Ms. Karen.

Let's Play Monday is a weekly program for all ages. We will...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, 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 outside the library on Tuesdays! We will be at...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

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!

Instructors from Iowa...

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 10:30am

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, June 15, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Online

Join Haiming Chen as he teaches the basics of Tai Chi. Haiming Chen is an experienced Tai Chi trainer who has led classes in China, Japan, and the U.S. for more than 20 years. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a...

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 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...