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.

Track your reading online

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

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Resources

Sponsors

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 1:00pm

Canceled

Join us for our last World Wednesday this summer to explore the culture of Russia with Maria! Maria will be sharing her favorite games, songs, stories, and food with you. -------------- ¡Ven a la biblioteca para nuestro último Miércoles Mundial este...

Tweens Kids Families Storytimes

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Tweens Science & Technology

Sunday, August 21, 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 will create Ojos de Dios,Spanish for “Eyes of God”, a classic camp craft made...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Thursday, August 25, 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, haven't done it in years, or never...

Adults Teens Classes & Workshops

Sunday, August 28, 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. This afternoon we will use paint and paint markers to miniature custom pieces of...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

You may have noticed a display over the summer in the back of the Children's Room called "Iowa City Reads." Now is your chance to contribute to the display and share a book recommendation with the rest of Iowa City. Create a paper...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting
Creating Graphics in Illustrator

Monday, September 12, 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

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Tweens Science & Technology

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Let's gather on Zoom for another session of guided journaling where everyone is welcome, whether you regularly write in a journal, haven't done it in years, or never have tried. Generating random prompts from blindly picking words in a dictionary...

Adults Teens Classes & Workshops

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Today is National Lobster Day! Choose from several different colorful creatures that live under the sea to paint with watercolors and create color resistance with crayons! --- ¡Hoy es el día nacional de la langosta! ¡Elige entre varias criaturas...

Tweens Kids Families Arts & Crafting

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 1:00pm

Canceled

Join us for our last World Wednesday this summer to explore the culture of Russia with Maria! Maria will be sharing her favorite games, songs, stories, and food with you.
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¡Ven a la biblioteca para nuestro último...

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Sunday, August 21, 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 will create Ojos de Dios,Spanish for “Eyes of God”, a classic camp...

Thursday, August 25, 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, haven't done it in years...

Sunday, August 28, 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.

This afternoon we will use paint and paint markers to miniature custom...

Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

You may have noticed a display over the summer in the back of the Children's Room called "Iowa City Reads." Now is your chance to contribute to the display and share a book recommendation with the rest of Iowa City. Create a paper...

Monday, September 12, 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, September 15, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Let's gather on Zoom for another session of guided journaling where everyone is welcome, whether you regularly write in a journal, haven't done it in years, or never have tried.

Generating random prompts from blindly picking words in a...

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Today is National Lobster Day! Choose from several different colorful creatures that live under the sea to paint with watercolors and create color resistance with crayons!
---

¡Hoy es el día nacional de la langosta! ¡Elige entre...

Thursday, August 25, 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, haven't done it in years...

Monday, September 12, 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, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Let's gather on Zoom for another session of guided journaling where everyone is welcome, whether you regularly write in a journal, haven't done it in years, or never have tried.

Generating random prompts from blindly picking words in a...

Monday, September 26, 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,...

Thursday, August 25, 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, haven't done it in years...

Monday, September 12, 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, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Online

Let's gather on Zoom for another session of guided journaling where everyone is welcome, whether you regularly write in a journal, haven't done it in years, or never have tried.

Generating random prompts from blindly picking words in a...

Monday, September 26, 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,...

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 1:00pm

Canceled

Join us for our last World Wednesday this summer to explore the culture of Russia with Maria! Maria will be sharing her favorite games, songs, stories, and food with you.
--------------
¡Ven a la biblioteca para nuestro último...

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Sunday, August 21, 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 will create Ojos de Dios,Spanish for “Eyes of God”, a classic camp...

Sunday, August 28, 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.

This afternoon we will use paint and paint markers to miniature custom...

Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

You may have noticed a display over the summer in the back of the Children's Room called "Iowa City Reads." Now is your chance to contribute to the display and share a book recommendation with the rest of Iowa City. Create a paper...

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 4:00pm

Storytime Room

Don't just learn science - DO science with the Iowa City Science Booster Club! This monthly hands-on program for tweens gives you a chance to use cool scientific equipment to discover and explore the world around you. Learn about a different...

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Today is National Lobster Day! Choose from several different colorful creatures that live under the sea to paint with watercolors and create color resistance with crayons!
---

¡Hoy es el día nacional de la langosta! ¡Elige entre...