Summer Reading Program

Read beyond the beaten path - 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.

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If you have time for a quick question, let us know how did you hear about the summer reading program?

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A big thank you to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation for sponsoring the prizes!

Come read with us!

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

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...

Tweens Kids Families Nature & Gardening

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Think that one person can't make a difference? Well, you're wrong! As the Dalai Lama said, "if you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito". This camp is focused around...

Teens

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Have you ever wanted to make woven bracelets with embroidery floss for you and your friends? Come to this workshop to learn two easy patterns and start your bracelet! Tweens will learn the basic knots needed, how to cut string, and how to follow...

Tweens Arts & Crafting

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, 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, July 8, 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. “A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his...

Tweens Kids Families

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Center will be stacked and stocked with snacks so you can come and hang out, get out of the heat and relax with some company, activities and one-off programs. We'll team up and get out our favorite board and card games out.

Teens

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...

Adults Teens Nature & Gardening

Sunday, July 10, 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. Using natural and colorful materials, we will create a hanging mobile that will...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek 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

Monday, July 11, 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 be playing...

Tweens Kids Babies Families

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

The Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo is bringing some of their fascinating bugs to the library! Drop in anytime between 10:30-11:30am or between 1pm to 2pm to hold and see more than 100 species of LIVE insects. All ages welcome! Knowledgeable...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Think that one person can't make a difference? Well, you're wrong! As the Dalai Lama said, "if you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito". This camp is focused around...

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 4:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Have you ever wanted to make woven bracelets with embroidery floss for you and your friends? Come to this workshop to learn two easy patterns and start your bracelet! Tweens will learn the basic knots needed, how to cut string, and how to follow...

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, 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, July 8, 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.

“A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to...

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Center will be stacked and stocked with snacks so you can come and hang out, get out of the heat and relax with some company, activities and one-off programs.

We'll team up and get out our favorite board and card games out....

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...

Sunday, July 10, 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.

Using natural and colorful materials, we will create a hanging mobile...

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek 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...

Monday, July 11, 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, July 26, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Why do we read True Crime? Mostly its because we like to be scared. The fact that what you are reading actually happened takes the thrills and chill to a deeper level. Are you a true crime fan? Join us for a discussion of some of our favorite...

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Creating mandalas, geometric repetitive patterns often made with dots, is both relaxing and meditative. Painting a mandala can be a solitary activity, but it doesn't need to be. Join ICPL staff as we explore creating our own mandalas on...

Thursday, July 28, 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,...

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...

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Most people who like to read also like to talk books. And what's more fun than talking about the best things we've read lately? Bring some of your favorite new reads to the discussion.

Not a traditional book group, Let's...

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...

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Center will be stacked and stocked with snacks so you can come and hang out, get out of the heat and relax with some company, activities and one-off programs.

Bring your favorite comic or manga and get some great recommendations....

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room D

Mondays through the summer are all about giving you the tools to get through tough times. Yoga improves flexibility, builds strength and is very calming. Join us every other Monday in June and July for a simple yoga practice where all abilities...

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...

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Learn about famous sculptors and their glorious works of art...and then create a miniature one of one of your own! All supplies will be provided and no experience is needed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 6:00pm

Meeting Room B

A Step Ahead is an organization that conducts STEM workshops and classes to keep students "a step ahead" of the game. They specialize in coding, robotics, and science. Rather than rote memorization and long lectures, sessions are based...

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Camp DIY is for you curious innovators; always asking why, when and how. Each week we'll have programming that answer questions and allow you to think outside of the box.

Alleviate stress by stabbing some...

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Think that one person can't make a difference? Well, you're wrong! As the Dalai Lama said, "if you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito". This camp is focused around...

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Digital Media Lab

If you attended Photoshop for Beginners on June 23 or already have those skills, you're invited to Intermediate Photoshop!

Join library staff for the next step in using...

Friday, July 22, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

The Teen Center will be stacked and stocked with snacks so you can come and hang out, get out of the heat and relax with some company, activities and one-off programs.

Today we're dabbling in sensory stressbusters with slime and...

Monday, July 25, 2022 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Come and find peace in symmetry and focus your attention on creating a beautiful hand-painted piece of art on a rock.

Friday, July 8, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, 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, July 8, 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.

“A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to...

Sunday, July 10, 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.

Using natural and colorful materials, we will create a hanging mobile...

Monday, July 11, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek 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...

Monday, July 11, 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, July 12, 2022 - 10:30am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, 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, July 12, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C, Storytime Room

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!

Polymer clay can be...

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 2:00pm

Storytime Room

This encore How-To Tuesday program is for intended for individuals who are neurodivergent their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

Elementary-age kids are invited to join us each Tuesday at 1:00 to learn a...

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, 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, July 13, 2022 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Online

Come to the library to dance Zumba with Rachel Spangenberg! She has been teaching Zumba since 2017 and she loves sharing her love of dance and music with others! Remember, there is no shame in Zumba! Laugh, dance, have fun, and shake it. As long...