Summer Reading Program

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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

Thursday, June 4, 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...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Are you feeling anxious about what’s happening in the world? Annoyed at your family, who you’re with 24/7? Learn some practical tools, like breathing techniques and body postures, for calming your body and mind and coping with anxiety from Dr....

Wednesday, June 10, 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!

Ireland is know throughout the world for its...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Our Teen Center might be closed, but we still want to hang out! Join us on the ICPL Teen’s Discord to talk or chat. Register online for information on the Discord server. This program is for students in grades 7-12.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo
Our favorite library guests, local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make a virtual appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about all about them!

Thursday, June 11, 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 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Want to learn how to make a refreshing summertime drink? Watch Hy-Vee dietitian, Natalee Gent demonstrate how to make smoothies and try out a recipe at home!

Tuesday, June 16, 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 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...

Wednesday, June 3, 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!

Make a yummy lunch for your family today. It’s...

Thursday, June 4, 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...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Are you feeling anxious about what’s happening in the world? Annoyed at your family, who you’re with 24/7? Learn some practical tools, like breathing techniques and body postures, for calming your body and mind and coping with anxiety from Dr....

Wednesday, June 10, 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!

Ireland is know throughout the world for its...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Our Teen Center might be closed, but we still want to hang out! Join us on the ICPL Teen’s Discord to talk or chat. Register online for information on the Discord server. This program is for students in grades 7-12.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo
Our favorite library guests, local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make a virtual appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about all about them!

Thursday, June 11, 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 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Want to learn how to make a refreshing summertime drink? Watch Hy-Vee dietitian, Natalee Gent demonstrate how to make smoothies and try out a recipe at home!

Tuesday, June 16, 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 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 4, 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...

Thursday, June 11, 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 16, 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, 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...

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.

...

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL staff and members of Environment Iowa and Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the film Anthropocene - The Human Epoch.

This 2019 documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your...

Thursday, July 2, 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...

Tuesday, July 7, 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, 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...

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Our Teen Center might be closed, but we still want to hang out! Join us on the ICPL Teen’s Discord to talk or chat. Register online for information on the Discord server. This program is for students in grades 7-12.

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...

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...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Join us for our book discussion of the Teen All Iowa Reads selection! The book is Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's...

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...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

Do you know everything about The Mandalorian, Harry Potter and the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Then prove it at our Fandom Trivia contest. Compete solo or as a group to show that you know the most about pop culture. The winners will get...

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...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 2:00pm

Online

From the earliest moving picture toys to the golden age of animation, discover the basics of creating your own moving illustrations with artist Will Stuck. Participants will learn simple animation techniques. Register online for a link to join...

Wednesday, June 3, 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!

Make a yummy lunch for your family today. It’s...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Are you feeling anxious about what’s happening in the world? Annoyed at your family, who you’re with 24/7? Learn some practical tools, like breathing techniques and body postures, for calming your body and mind and coping with anxiety from Dr....

Wednesday, June 10, 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!

Ireland is know throughout the world for its...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Presenter: Blank Park Zoo
Our favorite library guests, local residents of the Blank Park Zoo will make a virtual appearance, and a zoo expert will tell us about all about them!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

Online

Want to learn how to make a refreshing summertime drink? Watch Hy-Vee dietitian, Natalee Gent demonstrate how to make smoothies and try out a recipe at home!

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...

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...

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!!

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...