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

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 online...

Kids Arts & Crafting

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 imagination...

Adults Arts & Crafting

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...

Tweens Kids Babies Families

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 app,...

Adults Classes & Workshops Science & Technology

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 "...

Adults Book Discussion Nature & Gardening Science & Technology

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...

Kids Families Music Storytimes

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 Storytime...

Kids Families Storytimes

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 10:30am

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 app,...

Adults Classes & Workshops Science & Technology

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 tutorial...

Kids Arts & Crafting

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

"Literary Fiction" is the term give to fiction that falls outside traditional genres like mystery, science fiction, or romance because it does not follow a traditional genre formula. While genre fiction is plot driven and seeks to distract...

Adults Book Discussion

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...

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 - 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...

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...

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 - 10:30am

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...

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...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

"Literary Fiction" is the term give to fiction that falls outside traditional genres like mystery, science fiction, or romance because it does not follow a traditional genre formula. While genre fiction is plot driven and seeks to...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 10:30am

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...

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

"Literary Fiction" is the term give to fiction that falls outside traditional genres like mystery, science fiction, or romance because it does not follow a traditional genre formula. While genre fiction is plot driven and seeks to...

Thursday, July 1, 2021 - 10:00am

Other

The Painted Rock Mandala kit will contain all the supplies needed to create your own painted mandala rock. Creating a mandala - the geometric repetitive patterns made of dots - can be relaxing and meditative. The kit will contain a rock, paint...

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL staff online for a discussion of Little Faith by Nickolas Butler, the 2021 All Iowa Reads book selection for adults.

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife...

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Join ICPL and members of Green Iowa AmeriCorps for a discussion of Living The Change.

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

Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Have you been playing online games over video chat with distant friends and family during the pandemic? We have! Learn about some popular options to try out for yourself.

Register here to receive an invitation to this Zoom event.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Short Stories are short works of prose fiction. They may be in any genre, and the exact definition of "short" will often depend on the genre. Short stories are often collected together with other short stories in the same genre, or on...

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 7:00pm

Online

Summertime is here and it's time to let our paint brushes fly. Dragon Fly that is! Brush & Barrel in Coralville will be doing a virtual guided paint along evening for Adults as part of the ICPL Summer Reading Program. Brush and Barrel...

Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 4:00pm

Online

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Iowa City Public Library for a discussion of The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild by Enric Sala.

Published by National Geographic, this inspiring manifesto by internationally renowned ecologist...

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 10:30am

Online

Do you know what drives the ads you see online, which social media posts show up first in your feed, and how streaming video services know what to recommend for you? Learn a bit about algorithms and the impact they have on your online life,...

There are no upcoming events.

Wednesday, June 23, 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 23, 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 24, 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...

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer 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 29, 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 30, 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 30, 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, July 1, 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...

Friday, July 2, 2021 - 10:30am

Bookmobile, Mercer 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, July 6, 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...