Weber Days

May is National Historic Preservation Month and we celebrate with Irving B. Weber Days.

About Irving B. Weber (1900-1997)

Irving B. Weber was instrumental in helping Iowa City preserve its history. Weber wrote more than 800 articles for the Iowa City Press-Citizen detailing what it was like to grow up in Iowa City, details like the best places to buy penny candy, the joys of cooling off in Melrose Lake in the summer, and of sledding parties on closed-off streets. In recognition for his work in recording local history, Weber was named Iowa City's Official Historian in 1989.

Community Partners

  • Iowa City Host Noon Lions Club
  • Iowa Genealogical Society
  • Johnson County Historical Society
  • New Horizons Band
  • Orchestra Iowa
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Think Bicycles
  • University of Iowa Women's Archives

Upcoming events

All events are canceled or postponed while we are closed.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

We're celebrating all things Iowa City this month for Weber Days! Join us for this special preschool storytime with Iowa City legend Ellen Buchanan! Ellen is a wonderful friend of the library--you won't want to miss her special...

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

Meeting Room A

Have you caught the genealogy bug? Join us for ICPL’s 3rd annual Genealogy Day with our guest Alice Hoyt Veen of Prairie Roots Research.

Alice Hoyt Veen is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and educator whose...

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 10:30am

Storytime Room

As part of our Weber Days series, we are joined by Miss Johnson County Emeleeta Paintsil for a special STEM storytime. Emeleeta will go on to compete for Miss Iowa this summer. Her social impact initiative is “Greatness STEMs from Girls”. As a...

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - 11:00am


Join us for a late-spring nature walk in Hickory Hill Park, where we will visit the spot where one of Iowa City's pest house was located. Pest houses were used to quarantine patients suffering from infectious diseases such as small pox;...

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 6:00pm


Join us for a walk that recounts a historical murder!

On November 5, 1881, Iowa City was rocked by the news that Lizzie Hess had been brutally murdered. Newspapers from the time tell of a short troubled marriage to a scheming, money-hungry...