Summer Reading Program

Imagine your story - Summer Reading Program
Due to COVID-19, the Summer Reading Program is going online! We're updating the program and we’ll continue to update this page as things change.

Imagine your story

June 1 - August 8, 2020

Stay busy this summer reading!

Available to readers of all ages and abilities, babies through adults. Participants will receive game cards to track their summer reading goals.

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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 17, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Join us today as library friend Katya and her...

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Join Mike Schneider as he takes you on a musical, magical, and humorous journey around the world! Uncle Mike's music will have all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such polka-fied classics. But this program is so much more than...

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Want to try out Canva.com, a free graphic design website? You'll learn about its photo editing tools, clip art, and text options while we alter photos of ourselves for Pride Month or another theme of your choice.

Register here to...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for your favorite genres and chat with like-minded readers on Tuesdays at 7pm this summer. Bring a couple of recommendations to share or just show up to hear what everyone else loves!

Register here to reserve your spot for the...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Iowa Cityzen and Children’s librarian Fang Wang is...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Take your selfie obsession to the next level with our Selfie Scavenger hunt! Get a scavenger hunt list online and grab something to take pictures with. Once you’ve taken your pics and completed the list, you can share your photos with us online...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Energetic World music to get your feet moving and body grooving! This dynamic live band provides musical entertainment through interactive songs from around the world including from the Caribbean Islands, Cuba and Brazil!!

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join FilmScene and the Iowa City Public Library every other week on Thursday at 7pm for virtual discussions of art house film favorites offered on Kanopy! Moderated conversations will be held May 14, May 28, June 11, and June 25.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Michael Fallon will be talking about the importance of native plants in our community. Michael is an Adjunct Instructor with the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Project Manager for the Prairie Reconstruction Project at...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

In Italian, the word pasta means “paste” due to...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Join us today as library friend Katya and her...

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Join Mike Schneider as he takes you on a musical, magical, and humorous journey around the world! Uncle Mike's music will have all ages singing, clapping, and dancing along to such polka-fied classics. But this program is so much more than...

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Want to try out Canva.com, a free graphic design website? You'll learn about its photo editing tools, clip art, and text options while we alter photos of ourselves for Pride Month or another theme of your choice.

Register here to...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for your favorite genres and chat with like-minded readers on Tuesdays at 7pm this summer. Bring a couple of recommendations to share or just show up to hear what everyone else loves!

Register here to reserve your spot for the...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Iowa Cityzen and Children’s librarian Fang Wang is...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Take your selfie obsession to the next level with our Selfie Scavenger hunt! Get a scavenger hunt list online and grab something to take pictures with. Once you’ve taken your pics and completed the list, you can share your photos with us online...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Energetic World music to get your feet moving and body grooving! This dynamic live band provides musical entertainment through interactive songs from around the world including from the Caribbean Islands, Cuba and Brazil!!

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join FilmScene and the Iowa City Public Library every other week on Thursday at 7pm for virtual discussions of art house film favorites offered on Kanopy! Moderated conversations will be held May 14, May 28, June 11, and June 25.

...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Michael Fallon will be talking about the importance of native plants in our community. Michael is an Adjunct Instructor with the UI Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Project Manager for the Prairie Reconstruction Project at...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

In Italian, the word pasta means “paste” due to...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Heather Holm author of "Bees" and "Pollinators of Native Plants" will join us for a virtual discussion of native bees. She will explore the nesting habitat, life cycle, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for your favorite genres and chat with like-minded readers on Tuesdays at 7pm this summer. Bring a couple of recommendations to share or just show up to hear what everyone else loves!

Register here to reserve your spot for the...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL staff and members of Environment Iowa and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the film Riverblue - can Fashion Save the Planet..

This 2017 documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at...

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Learn some formatting tricks in Word that will come in handy for any kind of document you create. Our example will be a simple family cookbook to go in a 3-ring binder, be spiral bound by a print shop, or distributed as a PDF. We'll cover...

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

There are many reasons people save seeds. With saved seeds you don't have to buy new seeds next year. Saving seeds can help you preserve a specific “family” flower or vegetable (Grandma’s 4 O’Clocks or Dad’s favorite tomato) and helps you...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for your favorite genres and chat with like-minded readers on Tuesdays at 7pm this summer. Bring a couple of recommendations to share or just show up to hear what everyone else loves!

Register here to reserve your spot for the...

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL staff and members of Environment Iowa and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the film Riverblue - can Fashion Save the Planet..

This 2016 documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at...

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Ready to graduate from reading memes to creating them? Confused by memes entirely? We'll discuss how to make your own memes using free online generators, along with a little history of memes, the major ones people should know, and a bit...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for your favorite genres and chat with like-minded readers on Tuesdays at 7pm this summer. Bring a couple of recommendations to share or just show up to hear what everyone else loves!

Register here to reserve your spot for the...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Grab a cup of tea, your latest craft project, and your digital device to join fellow local crafters online as we gather again for casual conversation about what we are working on and anything else that strikes our fancy.

Register here to...

There are no upcoming events.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

In Italian, the word pasta means “paste” due to...

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, a spirited performer, a skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer. Watch him perform with his distinct baritone as he sings hilarious and imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together. Mr....

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 5:30pm

Online

Do you love animals? Watch a video shared at 1:00 today and learn how to make a DIY snuffle mat for dogs, which helps with a dog’s mental stimulation, an important part of caring for your dog.

Then, join us for a virtual meet-up all about...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Batik is a method of dyeing cloth in which...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Absolute Science brings an amazing show that will take ordinary bubbles into the realm of extreme! A highly skilled bubbleologist will dazzle you with fire, bubble fog, and a nearly perfect cube bubble.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

France is celebrating Bastille Day this week, so...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Want to get up and move? Dance along with Jazzercise instructor Ashley Smith and learn some fun choreography to songs that will work your muscles and get your heart pumping!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

On Wednesdays, School age children are invited to join us online for an activity that will help us learn and understand something new about different world cultures, all from local voices!

Today we will be learning about, watching a...

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Directly from the Land of Oz comes a natural born entertainer, Mikayla Oz! In her show you will see thing appear, vanish, teleport, transform and even float right in front of your eyes! Best part is, Mikalya gets everyone involved laughing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Watch Karen of Dancing Leaves Yoga as she demonstrates yoga postures, breathing techniques and creative movement. What a great way to improve your body, brain, breath and balance!