Summer Reading Program

Adventure begins at Iowa City Public Library - child reading in a tent at sunset

Adventure Begins at Iowa City Public Library

May 28 - August 10, 2024

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.

Prizes available starting Monday, June 3, 2024.

Track your reading online

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

Downloads

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

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend. We will be...

Kids Families Storytimes

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at a...

Kids Babies Families Storytimes

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Teens Science & Technology

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing! Catch the original Inside Out just in time for the release of the sequel! After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her...

Kids Families Movies

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie. Food: Mediterranean Rainbow Pasta Salad Movie: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When...

Teens Gaming & Pop Culture

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:30am

Other

Join ICPL staff and supporters are we celebrate Pride. Bring signs, wear your bling and get ready to march in IC's Pride Parade. Please email victoria-fernandez@icpl.org to ensure you receive the most current details about the itinerary of the...

Teens
Dark sky with lots of stars

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 8:30pm

Other

Join ICPL staff and members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers for a special ICPL Astronomy Night event at the Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Preserve.  Members of the CAA will give tours of the facility beginning...

Adults Teens Science & Technology

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend! We will be...

Kids Families Storytimes

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at a...

Kids Babies Families Storytimes

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Teens Science & Technology

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend. We will...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing!

Catch the original Inside Out just in time for the release of the sequel! After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie.

Food: Mediterranean Rainbow Pasta Salad

Movie: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:30am

Other

Join ICPL staff and supporters are we celebrate Pride. Bring signs, wear your bling and get ready to march in IC's Pride Parade.

Please email victoria-fernandez@icpl.org to ensure you...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 8:30pm

Other

Dark sky with lots of stars

Join ICPL staff and members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers for a special ICPL Astronomy Night event at the Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Preserve. 

Members of the CAA will give tours of the facility...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend! We will...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 8:30pm

Other

Dark sky with lots of stars

Join ICPL staff and members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers for a special ICPL Astronomy Night event at the Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Preserve. 

Members of the CAA will give tours of the facility...

Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 6:30pm

Digital Media Lab

Recover an ugly book

Bring in a couple of your paperback books with misleading or unpleasant cover designs, and we'll create custom book jackets!

After measuring your book, we'll use Canva to make a template you can fill with their clip art, background images...

Friday, June 21, 2024 - 10:30am

Digital Media Lab

try this: digital audiobooks

If you haven't made the switch from books-on-CD to digital e-audiobooks, let us show you the way!

The Iowa City Public Library has two sources for free digital audiobooks: Libby and Hoopla. We'll take a look at both interfaces during this...

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:00pm

Other

Suggested by the members of Let's Talk Books, today's topic is the best books we've read so far this year. Books we enjoyed so much that we have suggested them to others, purchased our own copy, or given them as gifts. Bring some...

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Sparkles is an adaptive and inclusive cheer and dance team for students with and without disabilities. Join members of City High and UI Sparkles to watch a performance, learn some cheer terminology and movements, and learn a short cheer routine...

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 6:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

try this: daily documentarian kick-off

This July, explore different ways to record your days and find meaning in the details!

We’ll discuss different methods of daily record keeping, journaling, and creative acts, with a focus on simple and unique ways to both document and...

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 6:00pm

Digital Media Lab

Do you knit, crochet, spin, punch needle, embroider?  Bring your current project and join us the last Thursday of the month for an evening of conversation and fiber arts of all kinds.  Whether you're new the hobby or a seasoned veteran, all...

Saturday, June 29, 2024 - 11:00am

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Try this: tai chi

As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, local Taiji instructor Heaiming Chen of Four Hands Taiji, will lead us through an introduction to Taiji.

Tai Chi (or Taiji) is a gentle, low-impact exercise that combines physical movement,...

Tuesday, July 2, 2024 - 6:00pm

Meeting Room A

Stop by to make the candle of your dreams! We’ll be melting and pouring soy wax into small glass containers, then personalizing with color, scent, shimmer, and sparkles! Cotton and wood wicks, wick anchors, scent, and glittery goodness will be...

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 - 2:30pm

Meeting Room A

Drop in for casual gaming using big, oversized versions of games like Connect 4, bowling, Jenga, UNO, and others.

This program is intended for people of all ages who are neurodivergent, or who experience intellectual or developmental...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Every Friday throughout Summer, we'll explore food, create a recipe and watch a movie.

Food: Mediterranean Rainbow Pasta Salad

Movie: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 10:30am

Other

Join ICPL staff and supporters are we celebrate Pride. Bring signs, wear your bling and get ready to march in IC's Pride Parade.

Please email victoria-fernandez@icpl.org to ensure you...

Saturday, June 15, 2024 - 8:30pm

Other

Dark sky with lots of stars

Join ICPL staff and members of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers for a special ICPL Astronomy Night event at the Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows Preserve. 

Members of the CAA will give tours of the facility...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Each Monday in June, middle and high schoolers have to opportunity to make something new.
All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

Participants will explore the possibilities of ceramics as their canvas. Attendees...

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Tuesdays in June are for healthy competition, co-operation, strategy, and innovation through console, table top, and good old fashioned board games.

Pick your favorite character and compete for the top spot and prizes.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 3:30pm

Other

Catch, hatch and trade Pokémon in the real world with other fans.
We'll meet in the Teen Space in the library, but will venture out around the city to build up our Pokédex.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 11:00am

Teen Center

This summer, take a dip into the realms of math, biology, chemistry, and astronomy! Our weekly program, tailored for middle and early high school students (grades 6 to 9), invites young minds to get excited about STEM and make friends through...

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 1:00pm

Teen Center

Explore something new each Wednesday in June.

In its earliest days, furoshiki was used by noble families and feudal lords to wrap their clothes when visiting the public baths. We'll explore this sustainable practice, try out a few...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend. We will...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Friday, June 14, 2024 - 1:00pm

Storytime Room

Take a break from the summer sun and join us every Friday for a matinee movie showing!

Catch the original Inside Out just in time for the release of the sequel! After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 9:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Join us for Stories in the Park all summer long! Note the new Stories in the Park time at 9:30 to beat the midmorning heat! We will offer the same Storytime over the course of the week, so please choose one park location a week to attend! We will...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Monday, June 17, 2024 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

Our friends from snapshots literary magazine will be here to help us design our very own magazine in this special three week workshop. The first week we will work on the writing for the magazine, the second will be the art, and finally the third...

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

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!

Do you enjoy singing?...

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

Join us in the Storytime Room for Summertime Storytime on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30am. The Storytime librarian will vary each week, and every day is open to all ages! Catch the all-ages Thrilling Thursday programs at...

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A, Meeting Room B, Meeting Room C

On Wednesdays during our Summer Reading Program, elementary-age kids are invited to join us for a different event every week to understand and experience cultures around the world!

Embark on a journey into the mesmerizing world of stained...