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 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Other

A hike at the Johnson County Conservation's Cangleska Wakan park will kick off this summer’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Led by a Johnson County Conservation Naturalist, this evening hike will introduce us to the Cangleska Wakan, a 132 acre...

Adults Teens Nature & Gardening

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us for a camp-themed storytime, camp crafts, and get registered for the Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Off the Beaten Path, so get ready for some fun summer reading programs all summer long. All ages are welcome! Preschool...

Kids Families Storytimes
How to Find a Good Book

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm

Online

Not sure how you'll choose books for the Summer Reading Program? In a reading rut? We can help! Join Stacey to learn how to find read-alikes for books and authors you've loved in the library's catalog, digitally browse the newest...

Adults Classes & Workshops
Ebooks from the library

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

The Iowa City Public Library now has two sources for free ebooks: Libby and Hoopla. Join us for an overview of both! Libby and Hoopla are available to residents of Iowa City, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County. Please...

Adults Classes & Workshops Science & Technology

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

Produced by the Iowa City Public Library, ABC’s: Arts, Books & Children is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! Activities are spread along the Pedmall, featuring Paint the Town, the ICPL Bookmobile, life size games, music, art and more! The...

Tweens Kids Babies Families Arts & Crafting

Sunday, June 5, 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. We're kicking it off with some supplies and instructed needed to get started...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

We are kicking off our Let's Play Monday series with Seaside Bingo! In recognition of World Ocean Day on June 8th, our first of three Bingo sessions will have a beach and sea creature theme. Come try your luck and win fun prizes! Let's...

Tweens Kids Babies Families

Tuesday, June 7, 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 Willow...

Kids Babies Families Storytimes

Tuesday, June 7, 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! Today a special guest from the...

Tweens Kids Families Music

Wednesday, June 8, 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 Creek...

Kids Families Storytimes

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Other

A hike at the Johnson County Conservation's Cangleska Wakan park will kick off this summer’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Led by a Johnson County Conservation Naturalist, this evening hike will introduce us to the Cangleska Wakan, a 132...

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us for a camp-themed storytime, camp crafts, and get registered for the Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Off the Beaten Path, so get ready for some fun summer reading programs all summer long. All ages are welcome!

...

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm

Online

Not sure how you'll choose books for the Summer Reading Program? In a reading rut? We can help!

Join Stacey to learn how to find read-alikes for books and authors you've loved in the library's catalog, digitally browse the...

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

The Iowa City Public Library now has two sources for free ebooks: Libby and Hoopla. Join us for an overview of both!

Libby and Hoopla are available to residents of Iowa City, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County...

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

Produced by the Iowa City Public Library, ABC’s: Arts, Books & Children is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! Activities are spread along the Pedmall, featuring Paint the Town, the ICPL Bookmobile, life size games, music, art and more! The...

Sunday, June 5, 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.

We're kicking it off with some supplies and instructed needed to...

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

We are kicking off our Let's Play Monday series with Seaside Bingo! In recognition of World Ocean Day on June 8th, our first of three Bingo sessions will have a beach and sea creature theme. Come try your luck and win fun prizes!

Let...

Tuesday, June 7, 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 7, 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!

Today a special guest...

Wednesday, June 8, 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 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Other

A hike at the Johnson County Conservation's Cangleska Wakan park will kick off this summer’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Led by a Johnson County Conservation Naturalist, this evening hike will introduce us to the Cangleska Wakan, a 132...

Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 6:00pm

Online

Not sure how you'll choose books for the Summer Reading Program? In a reading rut? We can help!

Join Stacey to learn how to find read-alikes for books and authors you've loved in the library's catalog, digitally browse the...

Friday, June 3, 2022 - 10:30am

Online

The Iowa City Public Library now has two sources for free ebooks: Libby and Hoopla. Join us for an overview of both!

Libby and Hoopla are available to residents of Iowa City, University Heights, Hills, Lone Tree, and rural Johnson County...

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...

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...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Reading fiction written by authors who identify as LGBTQ+ or that has LGBTQ+ characters lets people see inside a world they may not be familiar with, but more importantly it also lets LGBTQ+ individuals see themselves in popular fiction.

...

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A

Guest Tyler Baird, IC Superintendent of Parks & Forestry, will highlight the role native prairie plants can play in a perennial garden. Benefits of prairie natives will be discussed along with creative ways to include them in your gardens....

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 3:30pm

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!

Get a run-down of the equipment and software that'...

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

* This event is FULL, but more people are welcome to sit in without following along on a computer, or bring your own device with InDesign. No need to register for either of those options. *

Learn the basics of using Adobe InDesign...

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 6:00pm

Other

A hike at the Johnson County Conservation's Cangleska Wakan park will kick off this summer’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Led by a Johnson County Conservation Naturalist, this evening hike will introduce us to the Cangleska Wakan, a 132...

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 - 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...

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

* This event is FULL, but more people are welcome to sit in without following along on a computer, or bring your own device with InDesign. No need to register for either of those options. *

Learn the basics of using Adobe InDesign...

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...

Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

"I don't know what I think until I write it down." - Joan Didion

Are you the same? Let's gather on Zoom for another session of guided journaling where everyone is welcome, whether you regularly write in a journal,...

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...

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,...

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, June 2, 2022 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us for a camp-themed storytime, camp crafts, and get registered for the Summer Reading Program! Our theme this year is Off the Beaten Path, so get ready for some fun summer reading programs all summer long. All ages are welcome!

...

Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 11:00am

Bookmobile, Pedmall

Produced by the Iowa City Public Library, ABC’s: Arts, Books & Children is a feast for kids and kids-at-heart! Activities are spread along the Pedmall, featuring Paint the Town, the ICPL Bookmobile, life size games, music, art and more! The...

Sunday, June 5, 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.

We're kicking it off with some supplies and instructed needed to...

Monday, June 6, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

We are kicking off our Let's Play Monday series with Seaside Bingo! In recognition of World Ocean Day on June 8th, our first of three Bingo sessions will have a beach and sea creature theme. Come try your luck and win fun prizes!

Let...

Tuesday, June 7, 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 7, 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!

Today a special guest...

Wednesday, June 8, 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 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

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...