Summer Reading Program

Celebrating 125 years of stories - Summer Reading Program

Celebrating 125 years of stories

June 1 - September 1, 2021

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.

More info coming soon!

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

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:00am

Online

The Introduction to Macrame kit will contain enough supplies to learn the basic knots which are the foundation of all macrame projects. You'll have some cording and a dowel to work from, an instruction sheet with easy to follow diagrams. On...

Adults Arts & Crafting
Right to harm cover image

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL and members of Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the documentary "The Right To Harm". This documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your leisure and join us for a discussion....

Adults Movies

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

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

Adults Classes & Workshops

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

The term Own Voices (or the hashtag #OwnVoices) describes fiction written by authors who are members of a marginalized group who use their own personal experiences or perspectives to create a main character who is a member of the same marginalized...

Adults Book Discussion
Digital Creativity Challenge

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for a kick-off of our summer Digital Creativity Challenge! We'll talk about the challenges and share ideas for how to approach them. You'll have June and July to make your art, which will go on display in the library for the...

Adults Teens Tweens Arts & Crafting Science & Technology

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 9:00am

Other

The Rochester Township cemetery dates back to the 1830’s, and contains the graves of some of the earliest settlers in the area. It is also one of the few remaining original prairie remnants in the state of Iowa. It is still a working cemetery –...

Adults Nature & Gardening

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Willow Creek Park, Other

ICPL and ICPR have partnered to bring Iowa City a brand new, permanent BookWalk in Willow Creek Park! Come and meet author, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator, Claudia McGehee, as they read aloud their book, Creekfinding: A True Story and then...

Adults Teens Tweens Kids Babies Families Author Visit Storytimes

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Kids Families Music Storytimes

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:30am

Online

This summer we are offering a weekly Zoom Storytime for preschool and toddler age children in addition to outdoor, in-person programs. In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, we will offer the same Storytime...

Kids Families Storytimes

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Kids Families Music Storytimes

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:00am

Online

The Introduction to Macrame kit will contain enough supplies to learn the basic knots which are the foundation of all macrame projects. You'll have some cording and a dowel to work from, an instruction sheet with easy to follow diagrams. On...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL and members of Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the documentary "The Right To Harm".

This documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your leisure and join us for a...

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

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

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

The term Own Voices (or the hashtag #OwnVoices) describes fiction written by authors who are members of a marginalized group who use their own personal experiences or perspectives to create a main character who is a member of the same...

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for a kick-off of our summer Digital Creativity Challenge! We'll talk about the challenges and share ideas for how to approach them. You'll have June and July to make your art, which will go on display in the library for the...

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 9:00am

Other

The Rochester Township cemetery dates back to the 1830’s, and contains the graves of some of the earliest settlers in the area. It is also one of the few remaining original prairie remnants in the state of Iowa.

It is still a working...

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Willow Creek Park, Other

ICPL and ICPR have partnered to bring Iowa City a brand new, permanent BookWalk in Willow Creek Park! Come and meet author, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator, Claudia McGehee, as they read aloud their book, Creekfinding: A True Story and...

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:30am

Online

This summer we are offering a weekly Zoom Storytime for preschool and toddler age children in addition to outdoor, in-person programs. In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, we will offer the same...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 10:00am

Online

The Introduction to Macrame kit will contain enough supplies to learn the basic knots which are the foundation of all macrame projects. You'll have some cording and a dowel to work from, an instruction sheet with easy to follow diagrams. On...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL and members of Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of the documentary "The Right To Harm".

This documentary is available FREE with your library card on Kanopy.com. Watch it at your leisure and join us for a...

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

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

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

The term Own Voices (or the hashtag #OwnVoices) describes fiction written by authors who are members of a marginalized group who use their own personal experiences or perspectives to create a main character who is a member of the same...

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for a kick-off of our summer Digital Creativity Challenge! We'll talk about the challenges and share ideas for how to approach them. You'll have June and July to make your art, which will go on display in the library for the...

Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 9:00am

Other

The Rochester Township cemetery dates back to the 1830’s, and contains the graves of some of the earliest settlers in the area. It is also one of the few remaining original prairie remnants in the state of Iowa.

It is still a working...

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Willow Creek Park, Other

ICPL and ICPR have partnered to bring Iowa City a brand new, permanent BookWalk in Willow Creek Park! Come and meet author, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator, Claudia McGehee, as they read aloud their book, Creekfinding: A True Story and...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Have you ever wanted to learn macrame so you can make your own wall art, book mark or plant hanger? Join ICPL staff for a virtual hands on workshop to learn the basic knots of macrame. Once you know the foundation knots you can let your...

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Have you heard that Libby is the easiest way to get free ebooks and e-audiobooks from the library? And did you know that Libby now has digital magazines, too? Do you want to see how it works?

This class will cover downloading the free...

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 4:00pm

Online

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Iowa City Public Library for a discussion of Making Local Food Work - the challenges and opportunities of today's small farmers by Brandi Janssen.

When it comes to local food, it takes more than...

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for a kick-off of our summer Digital Creativity Challenge! We'll talk about the challenges and share ideas for how to approach them. You'll have June and July to make your art, which will go on display in the library for the...

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Willow Creek Park, Other

ICPL and ICPR have partnered to bring Iowa City a brand new, permanent BookWalk in Willow Creek Park! Come and meet author, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator, Claudia McGehee, as they read aloud their book, Creekfinding: A True Story and...

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join us for a kick-off of our summer Digital Creativity Challenge! We'll talk about the challenges and share ideas for how to approach them. You'll have June and July to make your art, which will go on display in the library for the...

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 1:00pm

Willow Creek Park, Other

ICPL and ICPR have partnered to bring Iowa City a brand new, permanent BookWalk in Willow Creek Park! Come and meet author, Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator, Claudia McGehee, as they read aloud their book, Creekfinding: A True Story and...

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 10:30am

Online

This summer we are offering a weekly Zoom Storytime for preschool and toddler age children in addition to outdoor, in-person programs. In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, we will offer the same...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Wetherby Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 2:00pm

Online

World Wednesdays are the perfect opportunity to learn about and celebrate world cultures! Each week we will learn by doing with a craft, game or activity that explores a different part of the world. School age children are invited to join us...

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 10:30am

North Market Square Park

Join us in North Market Square Park on Thursdays for special summer kids' programming for all ages! Note, parking for this event is street parking only in the neighborhood around the park near Horace Mann Elementary. Please bring your own...

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Willow Creek Park

Stories in the Park returns this summer! In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, 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...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 10:30am

Online

This summer we are offering a weekly Zoom Storytime for preschool and toddler age children in addition to outdoor, in-person programs. In order to keep audience attendance safely low without requiring registration, we will offer the same...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:00pm

Online

Join Amanda Jorgenson, a natural science artist and illustrator, for a Zoom tutorial on nature sketching. Amanda will share some of her amazing creations and demonstrate techniques that you can apply for your own drawings. At the end of the...