Summer Reading Program

Imagine your story

June 1 - August 8, 2020

Stay busy this summer reading and attending library events!

Available to readers of all ages and abilities, babies through adults. Registration begins May 11th. Participants will receive game cards to track their summer reading goals. Prizes available starting June 8th.

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 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Our summer movie kickoff of Frozen 2 will be in Meeting Room A with free popcorn! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

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

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as we dance along with our favorite Just Dance songs! Not a great dancer? No worries, you will learn some great moves from the game!

Special Access programs are for individuals on the...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 3:30pm

Meeting Room A

Crazy Eights is a simple, fast-paced card game that anyone can learn in minutes. Join us to take part in a friendly tournament, playing this classic game against other tweens until one emerges victorious! A trophy will be awarded to the winner....

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am

Bookmobile

Becky with West Music brings music education to the park for Storytime! This musical program teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and much, much more.
A preschool...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Imagine Your Story." All summer long you can learn about fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from around the world and apply these wonderful stories to create your own! On Wednesdays,...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton narrates this documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Brian Hill focusing on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.

This event is...

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Mondays are for movies at the library! Come cool off all summer long with a family friendly movie on Mondays at 1:00. Our summer movie kickoff of Frozen 2 will be in Meeting Room A with free popcorn! Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

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

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as we dance along with our favorite Just Dance songs! Not a great dancer? No worries, you will learn some great moves from the game!

Special Access programs are for individuals on the...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 3:30pm

Meeting Room A

Crazy Eights is a simple, fast-paced card game that anyone can learn in minutes. Join us to take part in a friendly tournament, playing this classic game against other tweens until one emerges victorious! A trophy will be awarded to the winner....

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am

Bookmobile

Becky with West Music brings music education to the park for Storytime! This musical program teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and much, much more.
A preschool...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Imagine Your Story." All summer long you can learn about fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from around the world and apply these wonderful stories to create your own! On Wednesdays,...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 11:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton narrates this documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Brian Hill focusing on the efforts of everyday people all over the world who are making a difference in the fight against global warming.

This event is...

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - 10:00am

Other

Ever wondered about that greenhouse that sits on top of the UI Biology Building East at the corner of N. Dubuque and Iowa Ave? Join us for a guided tour of the UI Biology Department Greenhouse and see the collection of over 150 species of plants...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room D

Are you fascinated by terrariums or succulents? Ever wanted to create your own little world? 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 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

Other

Ever wanted to learn about the sport of Rowing? Join staff from ICPL and Danelle Stipes, Assistant Director and head of Hawkeye Community Rowing Program for a tour of the UI's Beckwith Boathouse and an introduction to the Community Rowing...

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

People save seeds for lots of different reasons and there is no “right” reason to save seeds. Saving seeds means you don’t have to buy new seeds next year. It can help you preserve a specific “family” flower or vegetable (Grandma’s 4 O’Clocks...

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Another Adult Summer Reading Program is in the books! Join us to celebrate. We'll have treats and some great discussions as we compare notes about the favorite things we read this summer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

Meeting Room A

Join us for a hectic, fast paced game! In Noodle War, you divide into teams, and everyone gets a pool noodle. When someone on the opposing team hits you with their noodle - you sit down. When a team member hits you with their noodle - you stand...

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A

Seeing is NOT believing! Steve Couch and his computer animated friend, TV, have collected more than 50 of the most astonishing optical illusions ever created. There will be moving physical displays and video images that will astound and delight...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

Today in the Storytime Room, we will be creating Mexican folk art commonly referred to as Hojalata, the Spanish word for tin. Mexican artisans and craftsmen draw on their imagination to mold inexpensive, readily available tin into elegant,...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

Esther Mahlangu is a South African artist from the Ndebele nation. She is known for her bold large-scale contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele heritage. It is traditional for the women in the Ndebele community to paint the outside of...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A

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.The scientists of Absolute Science LOVE...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

If you love games, the library has you covered. Come play video games on the Wii, WiiU and Switch or go low-tech and play one of our board games.

Special Access programs are for individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families and...

Monday, July 20, 2020 - 3:30pm

Storytime Room

A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets.

Special Access programs are for individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families and...

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 2:00pm

Digital Media Lab

For Grades 7-12.

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A

Through yoga postures, breathing techniques, and creative movement, kids will connect to the 4 B’s: body, brain, breath and balance. The practice of yoga encourages kids to listen to their bodies, reduce stress, and gain self-confidence. Join...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

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

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as we dance along with our favorite Just Dance songs! Not a great dancer? No worries, you will learn some great moves from the game!

Special Access programs are for individuals on the...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as we dance along with our favorite Just Dance songs! Not a great dancer? No worries, you will learn some great moves from the game!

Special Access programs are for individuals on the...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 2:30pm

Storytime Room

Now's your chance to show of your Just Dance moves as we dance along with our favorite Just Dance songs! Not a great dancer? No worries, you will learn some great moves from the game!

Special Access programs are for individuals on the...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 3:30pm

Meeting Room A

Crazy Eights is a simple, fast-paced card game that anyone can learn in minutes. Join us to take part in a friendly tournament, playing this classic game against other tweens until one emerges victorious! A trophy will be awarded to the winner....

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am

Bookmobile

Becky with West Music brings music education to the park for Storytime! This musical program teaches fundamentals of rhythm, basic motor function, mental dexterity, healthy emotional expression, sociability, and much, much more.
A preschool...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Imagine Your Story." All summer long you can learn about fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from around the world and apply these wonderful stories to create your own! On Wednesdays,...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "Imagine Your Story." All summer long you can learn about fairy tales, folk tales and mythology from around the world and apply these wonderful stories to create your own! On Wednesdays,...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo

We're kicking off our big summer reading programming with our favorite library guests, Local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make an appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about the animals and answer...